Keith McGuinness

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Keith McGuinness' main areas of research are the ecology of marine communities - particularly those in intertidal regions, especially mangroves - and environmental impact assessment and monitoring.

Over the last ten years, he has also been working with staff from CDU, eriss and AIMS on approaches to the design and analysis of impact assessment and monitoring programs, particularly in aquatic systems.

Keith teaches biology, ecology and experimental design and analysis.

Research interests

Keith's main areas of interest are the ecology of marine communities - particularly those in intertidal regions, especially mangroves - and environmental impact assessment and monitoring. Since 2000, he has also been working with staff from CDU, eriss and AIMS on approaches to the design and analysis of impact assessment and monitoring programs, particularly in aquatic systems.

Current projects

  • KS Gibb KS, Parry DL, McGuinness KA, Smith MK, Anderson JV. Coastal monitoring using metal resistant microbes
  • Humphrey, C, Buckle, D, McGuinness, KA. Statistical design and analysis for ARR stream monitoring protocols
  • Gibb K, Streten-Joyce C, Glasby C, McGuinness K. Polychaetes as indicators of disturbance in Darwin Harbour: a molecular approach
  • Gibb, KS, Parry, DP, Blackall L, Padovan, A, Alvarez de Glasby, B, McGuinness, KA. Microbiology of marine sponges in a high nutrient environment
  • Professor David Parry, Associate Professor Karen Gibb, Dr Anna Padovan, Dr Claire Streten-Joyce, Dr Jeffrey Tsang, Dr Keith McGuinness. Pilot study on the distribution and relative abundance of bacterioplankton (including vibrio) in southern Melville Bay
  • Gibb KS, Parry DP, Stretten-Joyce C, McGuinness KA. Waste Pond microbes
Year Type Citation
In Press Journal Article Gibb, K. S. et al. The bacterial community associated with the marine polychaete Ophelina sp.1 (Annelida: Opheliidae) is altered by copper- and zinc-contamination in sediments. Microbial Ecology (In Press).
2012 Journal Article Padovan, A. C. et al. Trace metal concentrations in the tropical sponge Spheciospongia vagabunda at a sewage outfall: synchrotron X-ray imaging reveals the micron-scale distribution of accumulated metals. Hydrobiologia 687, 275-288 (2012).
2011 Conference Paper Neave, M. J. et al. Marine polychaete responses to elevated levels of metals can be detected in the transcriptome and proteome. EnviroTox Conference, Darwin (2011).
2011 Journal Article Beyer, S., Kinnear, A., Assoc Prof Hutley, L. B., McGuinness, K. A. & Gibb, K. S. Assessing the relationship between fire and grazing on soil characteristics and mite communities in a semi-arid savanna of northern Australia. Pedobiologia 54, 195 - 200 (2011).
2011 Conference Paper Ripcke, M., Guinea, M. & McGuinness, K. A. Preliminary results of the effects of pile driving vibrations on sea turtle embyrogenesis. Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, San Diego, USA (2011).
2011 Journal Article Metcalfe, K. N., Franklin, D. C. & McGuinness, K. A. Mangrove litter fall: extrapolation from traps to a large tropical macrotidal harbor. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 95, 245-252 (2011).
2011 Conference Paper Buckle, D., Humphrey, C. & McGuinness, K. A. Comparison of ANOVA and PERMANOVA analysis techniques to stream community data for BACI-type impact detection designs. EnviroTox Conference, Darwin (2011).
2011 Conference Paper Cornall, A. M. et al. Bacteria and archaea as candidates for a rapid biological assay for metal-impacted coastal sediments. Envirotox Conference, Darwin (2011).
2010 Conference Paper French, V., Codi, S., Parry, D. L., Gibb, K. S. & McGuinness, K. A. The Levels and Fate of EDCs Entering Darwin Harbour through Wastewater Outfalls. 3rd Australian Symposium on Ecological Risk Assessment and Management of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs), Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in the Australasian Environment, Canberra (2010).
2010 Conference Paper Ripcke, M., Guinea, M. & McGuinness, K. A. Modelling the statistical power to detect pile driving induced vibrational mortality on sea turtle eggs. Sea turtle conference, Bali (2010).
2010 Journal Article Kent, C. P. Salgado & McGuinness, K. A. Spatial and temporal variation in relative numbers of grapsid crabs (Decapoda: Grapsidae) in northern Australian mangrove forests. The Beagle 26, (2010).
2009 Conference Paper Gibb, K. S., McGuinness, K. A., Parry, D. L., Streten-Joyce, C. & Cornall, A. M. Microbes in disturbed environment: an integrated approach to assessment. Invited presentation: 10th International Congress of Ecology, Brisbane (2009).
2009 Conference Paper Humphrey, C., Davies, C., Buckle, D. & McGuinness, K. A. Development of cost-effective, . ASL Congress, Alice Springs (2009).
2009 Conference Paper Cornall, A. M. et al. Metal Resistance in Benthic Microbes. FEMS Conference, Sweden (2009).
2009 Conference Paper Humphrey, C., McGuinness, K. A. & Douglas, M. M. Experimental design considerations for monitoring of macro-invertebrate communities in tropical seasonally-flowing streams. ASL Congress, Alice Springs (2009).
2009 Conference Paper Neave, M. J. et al. An integrated approach to marine sediment assessment and polychaetes as biological indicators. Poster presentation, SETAC North America Meeting (2009).
2008 Journal Article Kent, C. P. Salgado & McGuinness, K. A. Feeding selectivity of grapsid crabs in Northern Australian mangrove forests. The Beagle 24, 22-31 (2008).
2007 Journal Article Ferwerda, J. G., Ketner, P. & McGuinness, K. A. Differences in regeneration between hurricane damaged and clear-cut mangrove stands 25 years after clearing. Hydrobiologia 591, 35-45 (2007).
2006 Journal Article Kent, C. P. Salgado & McGuinness, K. A. A comparison of methods for estimating relative abundance of grapsid crabs. Wetlands Ecology and Management 14, 1-9 (2006).
2006 Journal Article Coupland, G. T., Paling, E. I. & McGuinness, K. A. Floral abortion and pollination in four species of tropical mangroves from northern Australia. Aquatic Botany 84, 151-157 (2006).
2005 Conference Paper McGuinness, K. A., Gray, A. & Kent, C. P. Salgado. Are grapsid crabs keystone species in tropical mangroves?. Australian Marine Sciences Association Annual Meeting (2005).
2005 Journal Article Comley, B. W. T., Comley, B. W. T. & McGuinness, K. A. Above- and below-ground biomass, and allometry, of four common north Australian mangroves. Australian Journal of Botany 53, 431-436 (2005).
2005 Journal Article Coupland, G. T., Paling, E. I. & McGuinness, K. A. Vegetative and reproductive phenologies of four mangrove species from northern Australia. Australian Journal of Botany 53, 109-117 (2005).
2003 Conference Proceedings McGuinness, K. A. The mangrove forests of Darwin Harbour: a review of research on the flora and invertebrate fauna. Proceedings: Darwin Harbour Region: Current Knowledge and Future Needs 19-36 (2003). at <http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/water/dhac/publications/pdf/pres_section2.pdf>
2003 Journal Article McDonald, J. I., McGuinness, K. A. & Hooper, J. N. A. Influence of re-orientation on alignment to flow and tissue production in a Spongia sp (Porifera : Demospongiae : Dictyoceratida). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 296, 13-22 (2003).
2002 Journal Article McDonald, J. I., Hooper, J. N. A. & McGuinness, K. A. Environmentally influenced variability in the morphology of Cinachyrella australiensis (Carter 1886) (Porifera : Spirophorida : Tetillidae). Marine and Freshwater Research 53, 79-84 (2002).
2002 Journal Article McGuinness, K. A. Of rowing boats, ocean liners and tests of the ANOVA homogeneity of variance assumption. Austral Ecology 27, 681-688 (2002).
2002 Journal Article Moritz-Zimmermann, A., McGuinness, K. A. & Kuppers, M. Impacts of urban storm-water drainage channels on a northern Australian mangrove forest. Trees-Structure and Function 16, 195-203 (2002).
2002 Journal Article Crowe, T. P. et al. Experimental evaluation of the use of hatchery-reared juveniles to enhance stocks of the topshell Trochus niloticus in Australia, Indonesia and Vanuatu. Aquaculture 206, 175-197 (2002).
2001 Conference Paper Salgado-Kent, C. & McGuinness, K. A. The significance of plant-animal Interactions in tropical mangrove forests: seasonal patterns. AMSA Conference, Townsville (2001).
2001 Conference Paper Zimmerman, A. & McGuinness, K. A. A preliminary study of the impacts of urban stormwater drainage channels on a north Australian mangrove forest. International Symposium of Mangroves, Tokyo (2001).
2001 Conference Paper Martin, J. & McGuinness, K. A. Structure of fish assemblages in the mangrove forests of Darwin Harbour. AMSA Conference, Townsville (2001).
2000 Conference Paper Salgado-Kent, C. & McGuinness, K. A. The significance of plant-animal Interactions in tropical mangrove forests: how crabs affect structure and production. Meeting on Mangrove Macrobenthos (2000).
2000 Conference Paper Coupland, G. T. & McGuinness, K. A. Spatial and temporal variability in insect herbivory on two species of tropical mangrove, Darwin Harbour, Australia. Meeting on Mangrove Macrobenthos (2000).
2000 Report Eamus, D., McGuinness, K. A. & Burrows, W. Review of allometric relationships for estimating woody biomass for QLD, the NT and WA. National Carbon Accounting System Technical Report (Australian Greenhouse Office, 2000).
2000 Journal Article McGuinness, K. A. Distinguishing area and habitat heterogeneity effects: a simulation test of the MacNally and Watson (1997) protocol. Austral Ecology 25, 8-15 (2000).
1999 Journal Article Nobbs, M. & McGuinness, K. A. Developing methods for quantifying the apparent abundance of fiddler crabs (Ocypodidae : Uca) in mangrove habitats. Australian Journal of Ecology 24, 43-49 (1999).
1997 Journal Article McGuinness, K. A. Tests for artefacts in some methods used to study herbivory and predation in mangrove forests. Marine Ecology-Progress Series 153, 37-44 (1997).
1997 Journal Article McGuinness, K. A. Dispersal, establishment and survival of Ceriops tagal propagules in a north Australian mangrove forest. Oecologia 109, 80-87 (1997).
1997 Journal Article McGuinness, K. A. Seed predation in a tropical mangrove forest: A test of the dominance-predation model in northern Australia. Journal of Tropical Ecology 13, 293-302 (1997).
1996 Journal Article O'Grady, A. P., McGuinness, K. A. & Eamus, D. The abundance and growth of Avicennia marina and Rhizophora stylosa in the low shore zone of Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory. Australian Journal of Ecology 21, 272-279 (1996).
1995 Conference Proceedings McGuinness, K. A. The role of fire in the management of tropical savanna streams. Proceedings of the Wet-Dry Tropics Management Workshop, 22-24 March 1995 Jabiru NT. (1995).
1994 Journal Article McGuinness, K. A. The climbing behavior of Cerithidea anticipata (Molusca, Gastropoda) - the roles of physical and biological factors. Australian Journal of Ecology 19, 283-289 (1994).
1992 Conference Paper McGuinness, K. A. Tree climbing by Cerithidea anticipata: the complexity of proximal causes. Australian Marine Science Association Annual Conference, Mandurah, Western Australia (1992).
1992 Conference Proceedings McGuinness, K. A. Disturbance and the mangrove forests of Darwin Harbour. Conservation and Development Issues in North Australia. 55-62 (1992).
1992 Conference Paper McGuinness, K. A., Audas, D., O'Grady, A. P., Eamus, D. & Warren, J. Disturbance and the mangrove forests of Darwin Harbour: preliminary studies and results. Australian Marine Science Association Annual Conference, Mandurah, WA (1992).
1991 Journal Article Higgins, L. & McGuinness, K. A. Web orientation by Nephila clavipes in southeastern Texas. American Midlands Naturalist 125, 286-293 (1991).
1991 Conference Paper McGuinness, K. A. Disturbance and the mangrove forests of Darwin Harbour. Planning for environmental change: conservation and development in Northern Australia, NARU Annual Conference, NT Museum, Darwin (1991).
1990 Journal Article McGuinness, K. A. The effects of oil spills on macro-invertebrates of mangrove forests and saltmarshes in Botany Bay, N.S.W., Australia. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 142, 121-135 (1990).
1990 Journal Article McGuinness, K. A. Physical variability, diversity gradients, and the ecology of temperate and tropical intertidal reefs. Australian Journal of Ecology 15, 465-476 (1990).
1989 Journal Article McGuinness, K. A. Effects of some natural and artificial substrata on sessile marine organisms at Galeta Reef, Panama. Marine Ecology-Progress Series 52, 201-208 (1989).
1989 Conference Paper McGuinness, K. A. Physical variability and communities on temperate and tropical reefs. Invited speaker, Ecology of Temperate Reefs Symposium, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia (1989).
1989 Journal Article McGuinness, K. A. & Davis, A. R. Analysis and interpretation of the recruits-settlers relationship. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 134, 197-202 (1989).
1988 Journal Article McGuinness, K. A. Short-term effects of sessile organisms on colonisation of intertidal boulders. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 116, 159-175 (1988).
1988 Journal Article McGuinness, K. A. Explaining patterns in abundances of organisms on boulders: the failure of 'natural experiments'. Marine Ecology-Progress Series 48, 199-204 (1988).
1987 Conference Paper McGuinness, K. A. Spatial and temporal patterns in disturbance and its effects on a Caribbean coral reef-flat: consequences for the community. Annual Meeting of the Australian Coral Reef Society, Sydney, Australia (1987).
1987 Conference Paper McGuinness, K. A. The Intermediate Disturbance Model and communities on intertidal boulders in New South Wales. Annual Meeting of the Australian Marine Sciences Association, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia (1987).
1987 Journal Article McGuinness, K. A. Disturbance and ogranisms on boulders. I. Patterns on the environment and community. Oecologia 71, 409-419 (1987).
1987 Journal Article McGuinness, K. A. Disturbance and organisms on boulders. II. Causes of patterns in diversity and abundance. Oecologia 71, 420-430 (1987).
1986 Journal Article McGuinness, K. A. & Underwood, A. J. Habitat structure and the nature of communities on intertidal boulders. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 104, 97-123 (1986).
1985 Conference Paper McGuinness, K. A. Effects of habitat structure on communities on hard substrata. Annual Meeting of the Western Society of Naturalists, Monterey, California, USA (1985).
1984 Journal Article McGuinness, K. A. Species-area relations of communities on intertidal boulders: testing the null hypothesis. Journal of Biogeography 11, 439-456 (1984).
1984 Journal Article McGuinness, K. A. Equations and explanations in the study of species-area curves. Biological Reviews 59, 423-440 (1984).
1984 Conference Paper McGuinness, K. A. Two problems with conclusions about processes based on patterns: an intertidal example. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (1984).
1983 Conference Paper McGuinness, K. A. Effects of disturbance on the abundance of tube-building polychaetes on intertidal boulders on the east-coast of Australia. First International Polychaete Conference, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia (1983).

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