Associate Professor Andrew Irving Agriculture, Science and the Environment
Agriculture, Science & the Environment / School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences

Head of Department - Agriculture, Science & Environment

Contact Details

Email: a.irving@cqu.edu.au

Phone: (07) 4930 9013 - Ext: 59013

Office Location

Room G.39

CQIRP, Building 361

About Me

Andrew joined CQUniversity in 2013 as a senior lecturer specializing in marine and environmental ecology, evolution, experimental design, and statistical analysis. He is the Head of Department for Agriculture, Science & Environment; a research- and teaching-intensive department that prides itself on cross-disciplinary engagement among students, staff, and the community we serve.

Andrew's research interests primarily focus on the ecology of marine habitats, particularly marine plants such as seagrass meadows, salt marshes, and kelp forests. How such habitats are maintained, how humans disrupt them, how they might recover naturally, and what humans can do to facilitate their recovery (e.g. restoration) are all central themes to his research.

Andrew remains involved with the teaching program at CQUniversity, delivering units on fundamental scientific theory and statistics (Science Investigation - SCIE11024), as well as specialized marine/estuarine ecology and management (Coastal Marine Resources - MARN13007).

Andrew's previous positions include lectureships at the University of Adelaide, Brown University (USA), as well as government research roles (SARDI Aquatic Sciences, Adelaide) and several post-doc adventures of varying duration and location. He is strongly driven by natural history, preferring his observations of the natural world to stimulate his curiosity and interest, and letting the data acquired tell him how natural world works (instead of prescribing some theory of how the world should work!).


Volunteer/Student Opportunities!
Individuals interested in volunteering their time to help current marine research projects can contact either Andrew (a.irving@cqu.edu.au) or Emma Jackson (emma.jackson@cqu.edu.au). Our philosophy is to try and attach volunteers to specific projects so they can learn more than they might if jumping from project to project. Also, we hope it instills some sense of collaboration for those giving up their valuable time.


Students interested in Summer Scholarships, Honours, Masters, and PhD opportunities should contact Andrew in the first instance (a.irving@cqu.edu.au) to identify common interests and potential projects and supervisors within the cluster. There are currently a broad range of potential research projects available, often focused on the Central Queensland region, but also in other states through collaborative networks.

'In Press' Publications

Irving AD, Jackson EL & Hendry RA (in press 24-Jun-15).  Assessing spatial variation in seagrass habitat structure in New Caledonia: an integrated approach.  Marine and Freshwater Research

Refereed Articles
Restoration ecology

Tanner JE, Irving AD, Fernandes M, Fotheringham D, McArdle A & Murray-Jones S (2014).  Seagrass rehabilitation off metropolitan Adelaide: a case study of loss, action, failure, and success.  Ecological Management and Restoration 15: 168-179

Irving AD, Tanner JE & Collings GJ (2014).  Rehabilitating seagrass by facilitating recruitment: improving chances for success.  Restoration Ecology 22: 131-141

Irving AD, Connell SD & Russell BD (2011).  Restoring coastal plants to improve global carbon storage: Reaping what we sow.  PLoS One 6: e18311

Irving AD, Tanner JE, Seddon S, Miller D, Collings GJ, Wear RJ, Hoare SL & Theil MJ (2010).  Testing alternate ecological approaches to seagrass rehabilitation: links to life-history traits.  Journal of Applied Ecology 47: 1119-1127


Anthropogenic impacts

Burnell OW, Connell SD, Irving AD, Watling JR & Russell BD (2014).  Contemporary reliance on bicarbonate acquisition predicts increased growth of seagrass Amphibolis antarctica in a high CO2 world.  Conservation Physiology 2: cou052

Burnell OW, Russell BD, Irving AD & Connell SD (2014).  Seagrass response to CO2 contingent on epiphytic algae: indirect effects can overwhelm direct effects.  Oecologia 176: 871-882

Burnell OW, Russell BD, Irving AD & Connell SD (2013).  Eutrophication offsets increased sea urchin grazing on seagrass caused by ocean warming and acidification.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 485: 37-46

Irving AD (2013).  A century of failure for habitat recovery.  Ecography 36: 414-416

Irving AD & Connell SD (2002). Sedimentation and light penetration interact to maintain alternate states of subtidal epibiota: algal vs invertebrate dominated assemblages. Marine Ecology Progress Series 245: 83-91

Irving AD & Connell SD (2002). Interactive effects of sedimentation and microtopography on the abundance of subtidal turf-forming algae. Phycologia 41: 517-522


Habitat ecology

Burnell OW, Connell SD, Irving AD & Russell BD (2013).  Asymmetric patterns of recovery in two habitat forming seagrass species following simulated overgrazing by urchins.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 448: 114-120

Connell SD, Russell BD & Irving AD (2011).  Can strong consumer and producer effects be reconciled to better forecast ‘catastrophic’ phase-shifts in marine ecosystems?  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 400: 296-301

Irving AD, Balata D, Colosio F, Ferrando GA & Airoldi L (2009).  Light, sediment, temperature, and the early life-history of the habitat-forming alga Cystoseira barbata. Marine Biology 156: 1223-1231

Irving AD & Witman JD (2009).  Positive effects of damselfish override negative effects of urchins to prevent an algal habitat switch.  Journal of Ecology 97: 337-347

Johnston EL, Connell SD, Irving AD, Pile AJ & Gillanders BM (2007). Antarctic patterns of shallow subtidal habitat and inhabitants in Wilke’s Land. Polar Biology 30: 781-788

Irving AD, Tanner JE & McDonald BK (2007). Priority effects on faunal assemblages within artificial seagrass. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 340: 40-49

Irving AD & Connell SD (2006). Physical disturbance by kelp abrades erect algae from the understorey. Marine Ecology Progress Series 324: 127-137

Irving AD & Connell SD (2006). Predicting understorey structure from the presence and composition of canopies: an assembly rule for marine algae. Oecologia 148: 491-502

Irving AD, Fowler-Walker MJ and Connell SD (2003). Associations of forest-type with morphology of Ecklonia radiata and abundance of understorey algae. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 127: 167-175

 

Facilitation

Irving AD & Bertness MD (2009).  Trait-dependent modification of facilitation on cobble beaches.  Ecology 90: 3042-3050

Goldenheim WM, Irving AD & Bertness MD (2008).  Switching from negative to positive density-dependence among populations of a cobble beach plant. Oecologia 158: 473-483

Grutter A & Irving AD (2007). Positive interactions in marine communities. In: Marine Ecology. SD Connell and BM Gillanders (eds), Oxford University Press, pp. 110-137

Irving AD, Connell SD & Elsdon TS (2004). Effects of kelp canopies on bleaching and photosynthetic activity of encrusting coralline algae. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 310: 1-12

 

Biogeography

Irving AD (2014). Seagrasses of Spencer Gulf. In: Natural History of Spencer Gulf, Royal Society of South Australia Inc., pp.121-135

Connell SD & Irving AD (2009). The subtidal ecology of Australia’s rocky coast: local – regional patterns and their experimental analysis. In: Marine Macroecology. JD Witman and K Roy (eds), Chicago University Press, pp. 392-417

Connell SD & Irving AD (2008).  Integrating ecology with biogeography using landscape characteristics: a case study of subtidal habitat across continental Australia.  Journal of Biogeography 35: 1608-1621

Irving AD, Connell SD, Johnston EL, Pile AJ & Gillanders BM (2005). The response of encrusting coralline algae to canopy loss: an independent test of predictions on an Antarctic coast. Marine Biology 147: 1075-1083

Fowler-Walker MJ, Gillanders BM, Connell SD & Irving, AD (2005).  Patterns of association between canopy-morphology and understorey assemblages across temperate Australia. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 63: 133-141

Irving AD, Connell SD & Gillanders BM (2004). Local patterns of canopy-benthos associations generate regional patterns across temperate Australasia. Marine Biology 144: 361-368

 

Methodology

Rende FS, Irving AD, Lagudi A, Bruno F, Scalise S, Cappa P, Montefalcone M, Bacci T, Penna M, Trabucco B, Di Mento R & Cicero AM (2015). Pilot application of 3D underwater imaging techniques for mapping Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile meadows. The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, 40: 177-181

Irving AD, Tanner JE & Gaylard SG (2013).  An integrative method for the evaluation, monitoring, and comparison of seagrass habitat structure.  Marine Pollution Bulletin 66: 176-184

Fernandes M, Benger S, Sharma SK, Gaylard S, Kildea T, Hoare S, Braley M & Irving AD (2012).  The use of δ15N signatures of translocated macroalgae to map coastal nutrient plumes: improving species selection and spatial analysis of metropolitan datasets.  Journal of Environmental Monitoring 14: 2399-2410

Journal article

Malan, J. A. C., Flint, N., Jackson, E. L., Irving, A. D., & Swain, D. L. (2018). Offstream watering points for cattle: Protecting riparian ecosystems and improving water quality?. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 256, 144-152. doi:10.1016/j.agee.2018.01.013

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Connell, S. D., Fernandes, M., Burnell, O. W., Doubleday, Z. A., Griffin, K. J., Irving, A. D., . . . Falkenberg, L. J. (2017). Testing for thresholds of ecosystem collapse in seagrass meadows. Conservation Biology, 31(5), 1196-1201. doi:10.1111/cobi.12951

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Altieri, A. H., & Irving, A. D. (2017). Species coexistence and the superior ability of an invasive species to exploit a facilitation cascade habitat. PeerJ, 2017(2), 1-18. doi:10.7717/peerj.2848

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York, P. H., Smith, T. M., Coles, R. G., McKenna, S. A., Connolly, R. M., Irving, A. D., . . . Whitehead, S. (2017). Identifying knowledge gaps in seagrass research and management: An Australian perspective. Marine Environmental Research, 127, 163-172. doi:10.1016/j.marenvres.2016.06.006

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Rende, S., Irving, A., Bacci, T., Parlagreco, L., Bruno, F., De Filippo, F., . . . Cicero, A. (2015). Advances in micro-cartography : a two-dimensional photo mosaicing technique for seagrass monitoring. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science., 167, 475-486. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2015.10.029

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Irving, A., Jackson, E., & Hendry, R. (2015). Assessing spatial variation of seagrass habitat structure in New Caledonia : an integrated approach. Marine and freshwater research., (2015), 1-7. doi:10.1071/MF15035

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Rende, S., Irving, A., Di Mento, R., Cicero, A., Lagudi, A., Bruno, F., . . . Trabucco, B. (2015). Pilot application of 3D underwater imaging techniques for mapping Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile meadows. International archives of the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences., (XL-5/W5), 177-181. doi:10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-5-W5-177-2015

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Burnell, O. W., Connell, S. D., Irving, A. D., Watling, J. R., & Russell, B. D. (2014). Contemporary reliance on bicarbonate acquisition predicts increased growth of seagrass Amphibolis antarctica in a high-CO2 world. Conservation Physiology, 2(1), 1-11. doi:10.1093/conphys/cou052

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Tanner, J., Irving, A., Fotheringham, D., McArdle, A., Murray-Jones, S., & Fernandes, M. (2014). Seagrass rehabilitation off metropolitan Adelaide : a case study of loss, action, failure and success. Ecological management and restoration., 15(3), 168-179. doi:10.1111/emr.12133

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Burnell, O., Russell, B., Irving, A., & Connell, S. (2014). Seagrass response to CO2 contingent on epiphytic algae : indirect effects can overwhelm direct effects. Oecologia., 176(3), 871-882. doi:10.1007/s00442-014-3054-z

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Irving, A. (2013). A century of failure for habitat recovery. Ecography., 36(4), 414-416. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0587.2013.00210.x

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Irving, A., Tanner, J., & Gaylard, S. (2013). An integrative method for the evaluation, monitoring, and comparison of seagrass habitat structure. Marine pollution bulletin., 66(1-2), 176-184. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.10.017

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Burnell, O., Connell, S., Irving, A., & Russell, B. (2013). Asymmetric patterns of recovery in two habitat forming seagrass species following simulated overgrazing by urchins. Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology., 448, 114-120. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2013.07.003

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Burnell, O., Russell, B., Irving, A., & Connell, S. (2013). Eutrophication offsets increased sea urchin grazing on seagrass caused by ocean warming and acidification. Marine ecology : progress series., 485, 37-46. doi:10.3354/MEPS10323

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Irving, A., Tanner, J., & Collings, G. (2013). Rehabilitating seagrass by facilitating recruitment : improving chances for success. Restoration ecology., 22(2), 134-141. doi:10.1111/rec.12036

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Fernandes, M., Benger, S., Sharma, S., Gaylard, S., Kildea, T., Hoare, S., . . . Irving, A. (2012). The use of δ¹5N signatures of translocated macroalgae to map coastal nutrient plumes : improving species selection and spatial analysis of metropolitan datasets. Journal of environmental monitoring., 14(9), 2399-2410. doi:10.1039/c2em10997b

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Connell, S., Russell, B., & Irving, A. (2011). Can strong consumer and producer effects be reconciled to better forecast 'catastrophic' phase-shifts in marine ecosystems?. Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology., 400(1-2), 296-301. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2011.02.031

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Irving, A., Connell, S., & Russell, B. (2011). Restoring coastal plants to improve global carbon storage : reaping what we sow. PLoS ONE., 6(1), 1-6. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018311

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Irving, A., Tanner, J., Seddon, S., Miller, D., Collings, G., Wear, R., . . . Theil, M. (2010). Testing alternate ecological approaches to seagrass rehabilitation : links to life-history traits. Journal of applied ecology., 47(5), 1119-1127. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2664.2010.01852.x

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Irving, A., Balata, D., Colosio, F., Ferrando, G., & Airoldi, L. (2009). Light, sediment, temperature, and the early life-history of the habitat-forming alga Cystoseira barbata. Marine biology., 156(6), 1223-1231. doi:10.1007/s00227-009-1164-7

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Irving, A., & Witman, J. (2009). Positive effects of damselfish override negative effects of urchins to prevent an algal habitat switch. Journal of ecology., 97(2), 337-347. doi:10.1111/jec.2009.97.issue-2

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Irving, A., & Bertness, M. (2009). Trait-dependent modification of facilitation on cobble beaches. Ecology., 90(11), 3042-3050. doi:10.2307/25592845

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Connell, S., & Irving, A. (2008). Integrating ecology with biogeography using landscape characteristic : a case study of subtidal habitat across continental Australia. Journal of biogeography., 35(9), 1608-1621. doi:10.1111/jbi.2008.35.issue-9

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Goldenheim, W., Irving, A., & Bertness, M. (2008). Switching from negative to positive density-dependence among populations of a cobble beach plant. Oecologia., 158(3), 473-483. doi:10.1007/s00442-008-1157-0

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Johnston, E., Connell, S., Irving, A., Pile, A., & Gillanders, B. (2007). Antarctic patterns of shallow subtidal habitat and inhabitants in Wilke’s Land. Polar biology., 30(6), 781-788. doi:10.1007/s00300-006-0237-z

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Irving, A., Fowler-Walker, M., & Connell, S. (2003). Associations of forest-type with morphology of Ecklonia radiata and abundance of understorey algae. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia., 127(2), 167-175. Retrieved from http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/128817#page/6/mode/1up

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Irving, A., Connell, S., & Elsdon, T. (2004). Effects of kelp canopies on bleaching and photosynthetic activity of encrusting coralline algae. Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology., 310(1), 1-12. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2004.03.020

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Irving, A., & Connell, S. (2002). Interactive effects of sedimentation and microtopography on the abundance of subtidal turf-forming algae. Phycologia., 41(5), 517-522. doi:10.2216/i0031-8884-41-5-517.1

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Irving, A., Connell, S., & Gillanders, B. (2004). Local complexity in patterns of canopy-benthos associations produces regional patterns across temperate Australasia. Marine biology., 144(2), 361-368. doi:10.1007/s00227-003-1202-9

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Fowler-Walker, M., Gillanders, B., Connell, S., & Irving, A. (2005). Patterns of association between canopy-morphology and understorey assemblages across temperate Australia. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science., 63(1-2), 133-141. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2004.10.016

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Irving, A., & Connell, S. (2006). Physical disturbance by kelp abrades erect algae from the understorey. Marine ecology progress series., 324, 127-137. doi:10.3354/meps324127

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Irving, A., & Connell, S. (2006). Predicting understorey structure from the presence and composition of canopies : an assembly rule for marine algae. Oecologia., 148(3), 491-502. doi:10.1007/s00442-006-0389-0

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Irving, A., Tanner, J., & McDonald, B. (2007). Priority effects on faunal assemblages within artificial seagrass. Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology., 340(1), 40-49. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2006.08.010

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Irving, A., & Connell, S. (2002). Sedimentation and light penetration interact to maintain heterogeneity of subtidal habitats : algal versus invertebrate dominated assemblages. Marine ecology progress series., 245. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/

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Irving, A., Connell, S., Johnston, E., Pile, A., & Gillanders, B. (2005). The response of encrusting coralline algae to canopy loss : an independent test of predictions on an Antarctic coast. Marine biology., 147(5), 1075-1083. doi:10.1007/s00227-005-0007-4

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Book chapter

Statton, J., Dixon, K. W., Irving, A. D., Jackson, E. L., Kendrick, G. A., Orth, R. J., & Sinclair, E. A. (2018). Decline and restoration ecology of Australian seagrasses. In A. W. D. Larkum, G. A. Kendrick, & P. J. Ralph (Eds.), Seagrasses of Australia: Structure, ecology and conservation (1st ed., pp. 665-704). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-71354-0_20

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