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Current Work

Prof Brendan Mackey is the Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program.

He is a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, Chapter 11.


Expertise Keywords

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Conservation
  • Disaster resilience
  • Ecosystem based adaptation

Country Affiliations

  • China
  • Fiji
  • Indonesia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tonga
  • Vanuatu

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 77 (Other: 77)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Supervision Overview

Johanna Schliephack - Tourism adaption to Climate Change in two South Pacific SIDS: The potential to decrease community vulnerability and foster sustainable tourism development

Nicola Banwell - Disaster and climate-related health risks

Claire Gely - How will increased drought affect herbivory-based insect communities in Australian tropical rainforests?

Orpheus Butler - Fire, climate change and forest ecosystem stoichemistry

Sikha Karki - Climate change and food security in Nepalese villages

Leticia Canal Vieira - Climate change and the need for resilient urban food systems

Rebekah Grieger - Resilience of coastal freshwater wetland vegetation to rising sea levels and altered hydrology



Professor Brendan Mackey is Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program, Griffith University. He has a PhD in ecology from The Australian National University.

The primary foci of Professor Mackey's current research are:

* climate change adaptation and mitigation
* science-based policy for climate change, conservation and sustainable development
* the application of decision support systems to environmental problems.

He has special expertise in climate change, forest ecosystems, biodiversity conservation and terrestrial carbon dynamic and has expertise in the application of Geographical Information System, remote sensing and environmental modelling to problems of environment and climate change.

Professor Mackey is the lead on a number of externally-funded research projects, including:

* research projects in the Pacific about ecosystem based adaptation
* information systems and decision support for adaptation research projects
* primary forests and climate change research projects
* whales in a changing climate

Education and Training

  • PhD Doctor of Philosophy, ANU -
  • BAppSc Bachelor of Applied Science, University of Canberra 1980

External advisory roles

  • Expert Advisor to Anshun Huangguoshu World Cultural and National Heritage Declaration, Anshun Muncipal People's Government -
  • Coordinating Lead Author, Working Group II, Assessment Report 6, Chapter 11 - Australasia, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) -

Professional memberships

  • ESA Member, Ecological Society of Australia -
  • Interim Board Member, Great Eastern Ranges Initiative -
  • IUCN Member, International Union for Conservation of Nature, World Protected Area Commission -
  • IUCN Member, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Commission on Environmental Law -
  • Board Member, The Frank Fenner Foundation -