Dr Keith McGuinness

BSc (Hons), PhD

Ecologist, Senior Lecturer - Zoology

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, Streten-Joyce C, McGuinness KA. Waste Pond microbes


Ferwerda, JG., Ketner, P. and McGuinness, KA. (2007). Differences in regeneration between hurricane damaged and clear-cut mangrove stands 25 years after clearing. Hydrobiologia, 591(1):35-45.

Coupland, GT., Paling, EI. and McGuinness, KA. (2006). Floral abortion and pollination in four species of tropical mangroves from northern Australia. Aquatic Botany, 84(2):151-157.

Salgado Kent, CP. and McGuinness, KA. (2006). A Comparison of Methods for Estimating Relative Abundance of Grapsid Crabs. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 14(1):1-9.

McGuinness, KA, Gray, A and Salgado-Kent, CP (2005). Are grapsid crabs keystone species in tropical mangroves?. In: 43rd Annual Conference of the Australian Marine Sciences Association, Darwin, 11-13 July 2005.

Coupland, GT., Paling, EI. and McGuinness, KA. (2005). Vegetative and reproductive phenologies of four mangrove species from northern Australia. Australian Journal of Botany, 53(2):109-117.

Comley, BWT. and McGuinness, KA. (2005). Above- and below-ground biomass, and allometry, of four common northern Australian mangroves. Australian Journal of Botany, 53(5):431-436.

McGuinness, KA (2003). Estimating the power of the ARR monitoring protocols: The MBACI(P) design. Darwin: Supervising Scientist.

McGuinness, K. (2003, 11/02/2003). The mangrove forests of Darwin Harbour: A review of research on the flora and invertebrate fauna.. Darwin Harbour Region Public Presentations Marine and Estuarine Enviroments, Darwin.

McDonald, J. I., McGuinness, K.A. and Hooper, J.N.A. (2003). 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

Moritz-Zimmerman, A., McGuinness, K. A. and Kuppers, M. (2002). Impacts of urban stormwater drainage channels on a northern Australian mangrove forest. Trees-Structure and Function, 16, pp 195-203.

McDonald, J., Hooper, J. and McGuinness, K. A. (2002). Environmentally influenced variability in the morphology of Cinachyrella australiensis (Carter 1886) (Porifera: Spirophorida: Tetillidae). Marine and Freshwater Research, 53 (3), pp 79-84.

McGuinness, K. A. (2002). Of rowing boats, ocean liners and tests of the ANOVA homogeneity of variance assumption. Austral Ecology, 27, pp 681-688.

Crowe, TP., Lee, CL., McGuinness, KA., Amos, MJ., Dangeubun, J., Dwiono, SAP., Makatipu, PC., Manuputty, J., Nguyen, F., Pakoa, K. and Tetelepta, J. (2002). Experimental evaluation of the use of hatchery-reared juveniles to enhance stocks of the topshell Trochus niloticus in Australia, Indonesia and Vanuatu. Aquaculture, 206(3-4):175-197.

McGuinness, K. A. (1999). Distinguishing area and habitat heterogeneity effects: a simulation test of the MacNally and Watson (1997) protocol. Australian Journal of Ecology, 25, pp 8-15.

Nobbs, M. and McGuinness, K. A. (1999). Developing methods for quantifying the apparent abundance of fiddler crabs (Ocypodidae: Uca) in mangrove habitats. Australian Journal of Ecology, 24, pp 43-49.

McGuinness, K. A. (1997). Dispersal, establishment and survival of Ceriops tagal propagules in a north Australian mangrove forest. Oecologia, 109, pp 80-87.

McGuinness, K. A. (1997). Tests for artifacts of some methods used to study ivory and predation in mangrove forests. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 153, pp 37-44.

McGuinness, K. A. (1997). Seed predation in a tropical mangrove forest: a test of the dominance-predation model in northern Australia. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 13, pp 293-302.

McGuinness, K. A. (1997). Ecology and environmentalism: the uneasy alliance. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Australia, 27, pp 54-58.

McGuinness, KA. (1996). Dispersal, establishment and survival of Ceriops tagal propagules in a north Australian mangrove forest. Oecologia, 109(1):80-87.

O'Grady, A. P., McGuinness, K. A. and Eamus, D. (1996). 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, pp 272-279.

Douglas, M. M., Lake, P. S. and McGuinness, K. A. (1995). The role of fires in the management of tropical savanna streams. In: Finlayson, C.M. Wetland Research in the Wet-Dry Tropics of Australia, Supervising Scientist Report 101, ERISS, ACT, Australia. pp 69-73.

McGuinness, K. A. (1994). The climbing behaviour of Cerithidea anticipata (Mollusca:Gastropoda): the role of physical versus biological factors. Australian Journal of Ecology, 19, pp 283-289.

McGuinness, K. A. (1992). Disturbance and the mangrove forests of Darwin Harbour. In: Moffatt, I. and Webb, A. Conservation and Development Issues in North Australia, Australian National University Press. pp 55-62.

Higgins, L. H. and McGuinness, K. A. 1991. Web Orientation by Nephila clavipes in Southeastern Texas. American Midlands Naturalist, 125, pp 286-293.

McGuinness, K. A. (1990). Physical variability, diversity gradients, and the ecology of temperate and tropical intertidal reefs. Australian Journal of Ecology, 15, pp 465-476.

McGuinness, K. A. (1990). 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, pp 121-135.

Dr Keith McGuinness


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E: keith.mcguinness@cdu.edu.au
F: +61 8 8946 6847

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