Dr. Amanda Reichelt-Brushett

Dr. 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

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.

Committee, Council, Board Membership

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.

Recent Grants

ARC LEIF 2014 ($366 251) Metal speciation for complex studies in changing environments. Infrastructure grant for HPLC-ICPMS Lead CI: Amanda Reichelt-Brushett, Cis: B. Eyre, E. Burton, S Johnston, C. Sanders.

ARC Linkage 2013 (ARC funding $354 740 total project value $2.65million) "Water, carbon, and economics: resolving complex linkages for river health" PI Caroline Sullivan CIs: Amanda Reichelt-Brushett, Doug Sheil, Isaac Santos, Kathryn Taffs, Kevin Glencross.

Co-Chief Investigator with Prof. Bradley Eyre in the successful ARC grant ($96 980) -Unravelling Pathways of nitrogen cycling in the sediments of shallow coastal systems using biomarkers, stable isotope tracer experiments and modelling.

Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority -Sustainable Marine Resource Management. 2005 ($10 000) Develop a community awareness and education program to communicate the findings of a water quality study of stormwater outfalls draining the catchment of Lennox Head to local resident.

Cape Byron Marine Park Authority 2005 ($6000) Storm water assessment at Lennox Head -inputs into a Sanctuary Zone.

Postgraduate Research Co-supervision (present and past)

Honours: past and current

2003 Greg Wilkinson - Pasture grass survival after flooding
2004 Robert Hughes - Ecotoxicology of rocky shore species
2005 Joanne Green - Bio-indicators of water quality
2005 Ross Fuller - Nutrient removal from prawn farm effluent
2005 Chris Wilson - Benthic communities around Cook Island
2006 Ben Finn - Oyster breeding for QX resistance
2007 Nick Stanning - Oyster tolerance to temperature
2007 Lachlan Stace - Causes of swimmers itch in Shaws Bay
2009 Pelli MacMahon - Ecotoxicology of treatment bauxol™
2010 David Preston - Crayfish biology for aquaculture consideration
2011 Tiago Freire - Isoelectric points of Bauxite Refinery Residue
2012 James Black - (current student) Marine ecotoxicology
2013 Jann Gilbert -Trace metals and organic compounds in sharks
2013 Shaina Russell - Indigenous use of coastal resources and implications for Health
2014 Jannah Hardefeldt -Zinc partitioning between tissue and zooxanthellae of the anemone Aiptasia pulchella
2015 Rhys Watson (current) Bioaccumulation and depuration of metals in the Eastern Rock Lobster

Masters: past and current

Neil Gribble - Art science interactions in post-colonial Australia (Commenced 2014)
Ruth Owler - Fine Scale Biodiversity of Lennox Head Moat (Graduated 2012)
Yuval Kulinsky - Enhancing energy production in algae (Graduated 2011)
Ross Clark - Tropical Marine Ecotoxicology (50% research MSc Graduated 2010)
Simona Trimarchi - TBT contamination of sediments and oysters (50% Research MSc Graduated 2007)
Lisa Roberts - Impacts on corals (Graduated 2003)

PhD: past and current

Principal Supervisor
Cyntia Harayashiki - Mercury toxicity (commenced 2014)
Pelli Howe - Tropical Marine Ecotoxicology (graduated 2014)
Darren Akhurst - bioassessment of contamination in a water supply (graduated 2013)
Joanne Green - Salt marsh rehabilitation and restoration. (graduated 2010)

Sue Oeding - River quality assessment and management (commenced 2015)
James Black - Antarctic climate change impacts (UTas commenced 2014)
Frances Alexander - Ecotoxicology in Antarctica (commenced 2013)
Tiago Freire - Bauxite refinery residue chemistry (commenced 2012)
Kathryn Brown - Antarctic Ecotoxicology (current) Shane McGrath - Fish responses to impacts from catch and release fishing (graduated 2013)
Rumeaida Mat Piah - Ecology and suitability of pufferfish as biomonitors (Graduated 2012)



Reichelt-Brushett, A. J. Cooke, G. (accepted) Experimenting with material memory in the destruction of an archive: the after | image project. Leonardo -art, science and technology.(Former A*)

Gilbert, J., Badual, C., Reichelt-Brushett, A. J., Butcher, P., McGrath, S., Peddemores, V. M., Mueller, J., Christidis, L. (accepted) Bioaccumulation of PCBs in liver tissue of dusky Carcharhinus obscurus, sandbar C. plumbeus and white Carcharodon carcharias sharks from south-eastern Australian waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin. Vol. 92 186-194 IF 2.531

Hardefeldt, J. and Reichelt-Brushett, A. (2015) Unravelling the role of zooxanthellae in the uptake and depuration of an essential metal in Exaiptasia pallida; an experiment using a model cnidarian. Marine Pollution Bulletin. IF 2.531

Howe, P.L. Reichelt-Brushett, A. J., Krassoi, R., Micevska, T. (2015) Comparative sensitivity of the cnidarian Exaiptasia pallida and a standard toxicity test suite: testing whole effluents intended for ocean disposal. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. IF2.757

Clark, M. W., Johnston, M. and Reichelt-Brushett, A.J. (2015) Comparison of Several Different Neutralisations to a Bauxite Refinery Residue: Potential Effectiveness Environmental Ameliorants. Applied Geochemistry 56,1-10IF 2.021

Russell, S. Sullivan, C., Reichelt-Brushett, A. J. (2015) Aboriginal consumption of estuarine food resources and potential implications for health through trace metal exposure; a study in Gumbaynggirr Country, Australia. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0130689. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130689 IF 3.534

Gilbert, J.M. Reichelt-Brushett, A.J. Butcher, P.A. McGrath, S.P. Peddemors, V.P. Bowling, A.C.  and Christidis L (2015) Metal and metalloid concentrations in the tissues of dusky Carcharhinus obscurus, sandbar C. plumbeus and great white Carcharodon carcharias sharks from south-eastern Australian waters, and implications for human consumption. Marine Pollution Bulletin. IF 2.385

Clark M, Harrison J, Payne T, Comarmond, M, and Reichelt-Brushett A (2015) Reversibility of uranium and thorium binding on a modified bauxite refinery residue: The effects of aging temperature..  Applied Geochemistry. Vol. 53 79-90. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2014.12.011 IF 2.021

Cooke, G Reichelt-Brushett, A. (2015) Archival memory and dissolution: the after | image project. Convergence -The international journal of new media technologies. Vol. 21 (1) 8-26.

Black, J., Reichelt-Brushett, A. J., Clark, M. (2015) The effect of copper and temperature on juveniles of the eurybathic brittle star Amphipholis squamata.   Chemosphere  Vol. 124 32-39. DOI information: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.10.063 IF: 3.865.

Howe, P., Reichelt-Brushett, A.J. and Clark, M.W (2014) Effects of Cd, Co, Cu, Ni, and Zn on the asexual reproduction and early development of the tropical sea anemone Aiptasia pulchella.  Ecotoxicology..Vol. 23 1593-1606 IF 2.773

Waltham, N., Reichelt-Brushett, A. J, McCann, D., Eyre, B., (2014) Investigating water and sediment quality, nutrient biochemistry and pollutant loads in an urban freshwater lake: achieving competing human uses and ecological services. Environmental Science: Process and Impacts. Vol. 16 2804-2813 IF 2.085

McGrath, S., Reichelt-Brushett, A.J., Butcher, P. (2014) Absorption of metals in mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus) after ingesting nickel-plated carbon-steel hooks. Marine Environmental Research Vol. 99 188-197.  IF 2.337

Howe, P., Reichelt-Brushett, A.J. and Clark, M.W (2014) Lethal and sub-lethal effects of the trace metals Cd, Co, Pb, Ni, and Zn on the anemone Aiptasia pulchella; a cnidarian representative for ecotoxicology.  Marine and Freshwater Research, Vol, 65 551-561. IF 1.982

Howe, P., Reichelt-Brushett, A.J. and Clark, M.W (2014). Development of a chronic, early life-stage sub-lethal toxicity test and recovery assessment for the tropical zooxanthellate sea anemone Aiptasia pulchella  Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. Vol. 100 138-147. IF 2.203

Male, Y, Reichelt-Brushett, A. J., Pocock, M., and Nanlohy, A. (2013) Recent mercury contamination from artisanal gold mining on Buru Island, Indonesia -potential future risks to environmental health and food safety. Marine Pollution Bulletin. Vol. 77 428-433.  IF 2.53.

Reichelt-Brushett, A. J. and Smith, J. (2012) Connecting Silos -inviting art and science interactions. Leonardo -Art, Science and Technology. Vol. 45 (5) 484-485.

Reichelt-Brushett, A. J. (2012) Risk assessment and ecotoxicology -limitations and recommendations in the case of ocean disposal of mine waste.  Oceanography. Vol. 25 (4) 40-51. IF 2.986

Howe, P., Reichelt-Brushett, A. J. and Clark, M. (2012) Aiptasia pulchella: A tropical cnidarian representative for laboratory ecotoxicological research. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 31 (11) 2653-2662. IF 3.025.

Freire, T., Clark, M., Comarmond, J., Payne, T., Reichelt-Brushett, A., Thorogood, G.  (2012) Electroacoustic Isoelectric Point Determinations of Bauxite Refinery Residues: Different Neutralisation Techniques and Minor Mineral Effects. Langmuir . Vol. 28(32): 11802-11811. IF 4.186.

Akhurst, D., Jones, G., Clark, M., Reichelt-Brushett, A. (2012) Effects of carp, gambusia, and Australian bass on water quality in a subtropical freshwater reservoir. Lake and Reservoir Management Vol. 28 (3): 212-223. IF 0.861

Akhurst, D., Clark, M., Reichelt-Brushett, A., Jones, G. (2012) Elemental speciation and distribution in sediments of a eutrophied subtropical freshwater reservoir using postextraction normalization. Water Air and Soil Pollution. Vol. 223 (7): 4589-4604. IF 1.625.

Howe, P, Clark, M.W, Reichelt-Brushett, A., Johnston, M. (2011) The ecotoxicology of Bauxite refinery residue liquors after various neutralization techniques. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Vol 30 (12): 2817-2824. IF 2.809

Akhurst, D., Clark, M., Reichelt-Brushett, A. J. Jones, G. (2011) Grain size normalization: A case for post extraction normalization and inclusion of selective extraction procedures. Limnology and Oceanography: methods. Vol 9: 215-231. IF 1.535

Green, J., Reichelt-Brushett, A., Brushett, D., Squires, P., Brooks, L. Jacobs, SWL.. (2010) An Investigation of Soil Algal Abundance Using Chlorophyll a in a Subtropical Saltmarsh after Surface Restoration. Wetlands. Vol 30: 87-98.

Hédouin, L., Reichelt-Brushett, A. And Gates, R. D. (2009) Assessment of metals and a metalloid in sediments from Hawaiian coral reef ecosystems. Marine Pollution Bulletin. Vol 58: 1759-1765. IF 2.503

Green, J., Reichelt-Brushett, A. and Jacobs, SWL (2009). Investigating Gastropod Habitat Associations in Saltmarsh. Wetlands (Australia). Vol 25 (1): 25-37.IF 1.430

Green, J., Reichelt-Brushett, A. and Jacobs, SWL (2009) Re-establishing a saltmarsh vegetation structure in a changing climate. Ecological Management and Restoration. Vol 10 (1): 20-30.

Hughes, R., Reichelt-Brushett, A.J. and Newman, L. (2005) Identifying suitable invertebrate species from a unique habitat for ecotoxicological testing. Australasian Journal of Ecotoxicology. 11: 85-92.

Reichelt-Brushett, A. J. and Harrison, P. L. (2005) The effect of selected trace metals on the fertilization success of several scleractinian corals species. Coral Reefs. 24: 524-534. IF 3.878

Reichelt-Brushett, A. J. and Michalek-Wagner, K. (2005) Effects of copper on the fertilization success of the soft coral Lobophytum compactum. Aquatic Toxicology. 74 (3) 280-284. IF 3.761

Maddocks, G., Reichelt-Brushett, A. J. and Vangronsveld, J. (2005) An assessment of bioaccumulation in Eisenia fetida after exposure to metal loaded Bauxsol™. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 24 (3) 554-565. IF 2.809

Reichelt-Brushett, A. J. and Harrison, P. L. (2004) Development of a sub-lethal test to determine the effects of copper and lead on scleractinian coral larvae. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 47 (1) 40-55. IF 1.927

Reichelt-Brushett, A. J. and McOrist, G. (2003) Trace metals in the living and nonliving components of scleractinian corals. Marine Pollution Bulletin 46(12):1573-1582. IF 2.503

Reichelt-Brushett, A. J. and Harrison, P.L. (2000) The effect of copper on the settlement success of larvae from the scleractinian coral Acropora tenuis. Marine Pollution Bulletin. Vol. 41. pp 385-391. IF 2.503

Reichelt-Brushett, A.J. and Harrison, P.L. (1999) The effect of copper, zinc and cadmium on fertilization success of the scleractinian coral Goniastrea aspera. Marine Pollution Bulletin. Vol 38. pp182-187. IF 2.503

Reichelt, A.J. and Jones, G.B. (1994) Trace metals as tracers of dredging activities in Cleveland Bay -field and laboratory study. Aust. J. Mar. Freshwater Res. Vol 45. pp1237-1257 IF 1.595