Associate Professor Amanda Reichelt-Brushett

Associate Professor Amanda Reichelt-Brushett explains the importance of tropical marine research.

Dr. Amanda Reichelt-Brushett

Associate Professor Amanda Reichelt-Brushett


Research Summary

Associate Professor Amanda Reichelt-Brushett has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Coastal Management from the University of New England - Northern Rivers, a Master of Science in Marine Chemistry from James Cook University (North Queensland) and a PhD in Marine Ecotoxicology from Southern Cross University. Amanda is a senior lecturer and has published in many scientific journals, presented her research findings at national and international conferences and co-authored a book chapter. She has 20 years experience in investigating human impacts on the environment.

Her research focus is based on enhancing our understanding of the sources, fate and consequences of contaminants in our environment and includes several subthemes:

  • ecotoxicology, bioindicators and holistic risk assessment approaches,
  • sediment and water quality assessment and management,
  • benthic community assessment,
  • sustainable practice, rehabilitation and restoration.

She has developed early life stage toxicity tests for corals and is currently working on developing toxicity tests for other tropical marine species, of which very few test methods are available. She has acted as advisor to landholder groups in PNG by providing expertise the assessment of the potential impacts of deep sea mine tailings disposal in coastal regions of PNG.

Awards and Distinctions

Vice Chancellor’s Citation for outstanding contribution to student learning (2015) For developing multidisciplinary understanding of chemistry in society: Expanding skills in creativity, innovation, and inquiry to inspire environmental science students to solve problems.

Prix Universite Blaise Pascal des etudiants (2014) The Videoformes digital art festival prize, Clermont-Ferrand, France for the collaborative project: "after | image" by G. Cooke (SASS), A. Reichelt-Brushett (SESE) and Michael Hill (SASS).

Shortlisted Excellence in Community Engagement Awards for Community Impact (2014) For the development of a professional development program to enhance quality in environmental sampling and analysis -Eastern Indonesia

Shortlisted Excellence in Community Engagement Awards for Leadership (2013) Leading research and training collaborations in environmental pollution issues associated with mercury waste from artisanal gold mining on Buru Island, Indonesia.

Shortlisted for the 2011 SCU Excellence in Community Engagement Awards for 2 sections Academic Impact and Leadership. Dr Amanda Reichelt-Brushett, School of Environmental Science and Management. For providing expertise as a witness in the National Court of Papua New Guinea to speak for landowners in an attempt to stop the disposal of mine tailings into the ocean and the Coral Triangle - a biodiversity hot spot.

Teaching research student supervision

Committee, Council, Board Membership

Society of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (SETAC) Elected to the Board of Directors Asia Pacific Geographic Unit (November 2015-present) and Vice Present (From September 2018)

Member of the Strategic Planning Committee SETAC Globe (membership >5100)

Independent reviewer for the ANZECC and ARMCANZ water quality guidelines review 2015-present.

Appointment by Federal Minister Garrett to the review panel for Caring for Country Grants where ~$10M was allocated to projects. October/November 2010.

Appointment by Federal Minister Garrett to the review panel for Coastcare Small Grant where $10M was allocated to projects. October/November 2008.

Appointment by the Minister for Fisheries and the Minister for the Environment to the Cape Byron Marine Park Advisory Committee January 2003-December 2006.


My publications have been cited more than 950 times Google Scholar, H-index 15 (Google Scholar citations

Chapters in Books 

Reichelt-Brushett, A.J., Clark, M.W. and Birch, G. (2017) Physical and chemical factors to consider when studying historical contamination and pollution in estuaries. Chapter In: Weckström, K. Saunders, K., Gell, P., Skillbeck, G. (Eds.) Applications of Paleoenvironmental Techniques in Estuarine Studies eds. Weckström, K. Saunders, K., Gell, P., Skillbeck, G. DPER Springer. 239-276.


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