Kate Brandis

Areas of Expertise

I have expertise and experience in Australian wetlands and waterbirds including the management of water and environmental flows. I am the project leader for the Feather Map of Australia citizen science project. I also have experience in elemental and stable isotope analysis of biological samples to address ecological challenges including waterbird tracking, diet analysis, and the illegal wildlife trade. 

Research Activities

Natal site fidelity and Australian pelicans at Lake Brewster, NSW. Joint project with NSW OEH

Waterbird genetics - unraveling natal site fidelity across the Murray Darling Basin, Joint project with Macquarie University

Feather Map of Australia - www.ansto.gov.au/feathermap

Avian botulism and water management. Joint project with NSW OEH.

Occurrence of E. coli in free ranging waterbirds. Joint project with UTS

WildENFORCE - developing a real-time forensic tool to determine animal provenance. Joint project with Taronga Conservation Society, ANSTO, UTS

Nimmi-Caira Gayini consortium member.

Toxins in Feathers. Joint project with UTS.

 

 

Organisational units

Publications

Journal articles
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Li J; Li Z; Brandis KJ; Bu J; Sun Z; Yu Q; Ramp D, 2020, 'Tracing geochemical pollutants in stream water and soil from mining activity in an alpine catchment', Chemosphere, vol. 242, pp. 125167 - 125167, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.125167
2020
Brandis KJ; Spencer J; Wolfenden B; Palmer D, 2020, 'Avian-botulism risk in waterbird breeding colonies and implications for environmental water management', Marine and Freshwater Research, vol. 71, pp. 179 - 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF18446
2020
Bino G; Brandis K; Kingsford RT; Porter J, 2020, 'Waterbird synchrony across Australia's highly variable dryland rivers – Risks and opportunities for conservation', Biological Conservation, vol. 243, pp. 108497 - 108497, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108497
2020
Kingsford R; Brandis K; Bino G; Keith D, 2020, 'Freshwater Biome of the World', in Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Science, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.12479-0
2020
Francis RJ; Lyons MB; Kingsford RT; Brandis KJ, 2020, 'Counting mixed breeding aggregations of animal species using drones: Lessons from waterbirds on semi-automation', Remote Sensing, vol. 12, pp. 1185 - 1185, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs12071185
2020
Brandis K, 2019, 'Captive-bred or wild caught: Solving a critical problem in the illegal wildlife trade', presented at International Congress of Conservation Biology, Kuala Lumpur, 21 July 2019 - 25 July 2019
2019
Webster E; Kingsford RT; Lyons M; Brandis K; Fisher A, 2019, Tracking the Flow Water Pilot Technology Program Final Report
2019
McInerney P; Bond N; Kopf K; Ryder D; Thompson R; Baldwin D; Brandis K; Butler G; Drouart R; Frost L; Gawne B; Growns I; Holt G; Koster W; Mac Nally R; Macqueen A; McGinness H; Petrie R; Robson B; Rolls R; Thiem J; Thurgate N; Watson G; Zampatti B, 2019, Murray–Darling Basin Environmental Water Knowledge and Research Project: Food Webs Theme Research Report, La Trobe University, https://www.environment.gov.au/water/cewo/publications/ewkr-food-webs-report
2019
Lyons MB; Brandis KJ; Murray NJ; Wilshire JH; McCann JA; Kingsford RT; Callaghan CT, 2019, 'Monitoring large and complex wildlife aggregations with drones', Methods in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 10, pp. 1024 - 1035, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13194
2019
Brandis K, 2019, 'The Past, Present, and Future of Glossy Ibis in Australia', SIS Conservation, vol. 1, pp. 33 - 38
2019
McGinness H; Brandis K; Robinson F; Piper M; O'Brien L; Langston A; Hodgson J; Wenger L; Martin J; Bellio M; Callaghan D; Webster E; Francis R; McCann J; Lyons M; Doerr V; Kingsford R; Mac Nally R, 2019, Murray‒Darling Basin Environmental Water Knowledge and Research Project — Waterbird Theme Research Report, https://doi.org/10.26181/5d2eb0ed77159
2019
Wallach AD; Lundgren E; Batavia C; Nelson MP; Yanco E; Linklater WL; Carroll SP; Celermajer D; Brandis KJ; Steer J; Ramp D, 2019, 'When all life counts in conservation', Conservation Biology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13447
2019
Bino G; Brandis K; Kingsford R; Porter J, 2019, Waterbird expected outcomes modelling analysis – priority scenarios for 2019 BWS update
2019
Ocock JF; Brandis KJ; Wolfenden BJ; Jenkins KM; Wassens S, 2019, 'Gut content and stable isotope analysis of tadpoles in floodplain wetlands', Australian Journal of Zoology, vol. 66, pp. 261 - 271, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/ZO18043
2019
Sundar G; Grant J; Veltheim I; Kittur S; Brandis K; McCarthy M; Scambler E, 2018, 'Sympatric cranes in northern Australia: abundance, breeding success, habitat preference and diet', Emu: Austral Ornithology, vol. 119, pp. 79 - 89, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01584197.2018.1537673
2018
Brandis KJ; Bino G; Spencer JA; Ramp D; Kingsford RT, 2018, 'Decline in colonial waterbird breeding highlights loss of Ramsar wetland function', Biological Conservation, vol. 225, pp. 22 - 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2018.06.022
2018
Porter J; Kingsford R; Brandis K, 2018, Aerial Survey of Wetland Birds in Eastern Australia - October 2018 Annual Summary Report, University of New South Wales, Sydney
2018
Brandis K; Meagher P; Tong L; Shaw M; Mazumder D; Gadd P; Ramp D, 2018, 'Novel detection of provenance in the illegal wildlife trade using elemental data', Scientific Reports, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-33786-0
2018
Lyons M; Brandis K; Callaghan C; McCann J; Mills C; Ryall S; Kingsford RT, 2018, 'Bird interactions with drones, from individuals to large colonies', Australian Field Ornithology, vol. 35, pp. 51 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.20938/afo35051056
2018
Wassens S; Spencer J; Wolfenden B; Thiem J; Thomas R; Jenkins K; Brandis K; Lenon E; Hall A; Ocock J; Kobayashi T; Bino G; Heath J; Callaghan D, 2018, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office Long-Term Intervention Monitoring Project Murrumbidgee River System evaluation report 2014-17
2018
Callaghan CT; Brandis KJ; Lyons MB; Ryall S; Kingsford RT, 2018, 'A comment on the limitations of UAVS in wildlife research – the example of colonial nesting waterbirds', Journal of Avian Biology, vol. 49, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jav.01825
2018
Dyer F; Broadhurst B; Tschierschke A; Thiem J; Thompson R; Bowen S; Asmus M; Brandis K; Lyons M; Spencer J; Callaghan D; Lenehan J, 2017, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office Long Term Intervention Monitoring Project: Lower Lachlan river system Selected Area 2016-17 Monitoring and Evaluation Report, Commonwealth of Australia
2017
McGinness H; Robinson F; Davies M; Piper M; Langston A; Martin J; Rees J; Webster E; Brandis K; Kingsford R; Doerr V; Mac Nally R, 2017, Waterbird movements and breeding success in the Macquarie Marshes, NSW 2016 -2017, Commonwealth of Australia, http://www.environment.gov.au/water/cewo/publications/waterbird-movements-breeding-success-macquarie-marshes-final-report-2017
2017
Porter J; Kingsford R; Brandis K, 2017, Aerial Survey of Wetland Birds in Eastern Australia -October 2017 Annual Summary Report
2017
Brandis KJ, 2017, Response of straw-necked ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) to Commonwealth environmental watering in the lower Lachlan, 2015, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office
2017
Brandis KJ, 2017, High resolution monitoring of waterbird colonies in the Macquarie Marshes, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office
2017
Brandis KJ, 2016, Feather Map of Australia, ABC Radio Darwin, Published: 29 March 2016, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
2016
Brandis KJ, 2016, 'Australia’s waterbirds are disappearing – but nuclear science can help save them', The Conversation, http://theconversation.com/australias-waterbirds-are-disappearing-but-nuclear-physics-can-help-save-them-57044
2016
Brandis KJ; Bino G, 2016, Habitat Use by Waterbirds in and Adjacent to the Murray-Darling Basin, Murray-Darling Basin Authority
2016
Porter J; Kingsford RT; Brandis KJ, 2016, Aerial Survey of Wetland Birds in Eastern Australia - October 2016 Annual Summary Report, NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.18928.87049
2016
Brandis KJ; Bino G, 2016, A review of the relationship between flow and waterbird ecology in the Condamine-Balonne and Barwon-Darling River, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, http://www.mdba.gov.au/publications/independent-reports/flow-waterbird-ecology
2016
Bino G; Kingsford RT; Brandis K, 2016, 'Australia's wetlands - Learning from the past to manage for the future', Pacific Conservation Biology, vol. 22, pp. 116 - 129, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PC15047
2016
McGinness H; Brandis KJ, 2016, Waterbird breeding success in the Reed Beds wetland, Millewa Forest, NSW, 2015-2016, Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy
2016
Merrit W; Spencer J; Brandis KJ; Bino G; Harding P; Thomas R, 2016, Review of the science behind the waterbird breeding indicator for the Narran Lakes, Murray-Darling Basin Authority
2016
Brandis KJ; Mazumder D; Tenorio D, 2015, 'Understanding Waterbird Diets: Using Stable Isotope Analysis of Feathers and Scats', presented at 13th Australian Environmental Isotope Conference, Sydney, 08 July 2015 - 10 July 2015
2015
Francis R; Pickford R; Brandis KJ; Chessman B; Kingsford R, 2015, 'Do Turtles Respond to Environmental Flows? (EA-IR-MS)', Brisbane, presented at 25th Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry, Brisbane, 19 July 2015 - 22 July 2015
2015
Porter J; Kingsford RT; Brandis KJ, 2015, Aerial Survey of Wetland Birds in Eastern Australia - October 2015 Annual Summary Report, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
2015
Francis R; Brandis KJ; Chessman B; Kingsford R, 2015, 'Do Turtles Respond to Environmental Flows', presented at 13th Australian Environmental Isotope Conference, Sydney, 08 July 2015 - 10 July 2015
2015
Brandis KJ; Mazumder D; Kingsford R; Hollins S, 2015, 'A New Frontier in Tracking Waterbird Movements and Wetland Health', Sydney, presented at 13th Australian Environmental Isotope Conference, Sydney, 08 July 2015 - 10 July 2015
2015
Kingsford RT; McGann J; Brandis KJ, 2015, Survey of waterbird communities of the Riverina wetland sites in the Murray-Darling Basin -October-November 2014
2015
Wassens S; Jenkins K; Spencer J; Thiem J; Koboyashi T; Bino G; Lenon R; Thomas R; Baumgartner L; Brandis KJ; Wolfenden B; Hall A, 2014, Murrumbidgee Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office
2014
Kingsford RT; Lau J; O'Connor J (eds.), 2014, Birds of the Murray-Darling Basin, BirdLife Australia
2014
Dyer FJ; Braodhurst B; Thompson R; Jenkins K; Driver PD; Saintilan N; Bowen S; Packard P; Gilligan D; Brandis KJ; Amos C; Hall A; Lenehan JR, 2014, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office Long Term Intervention Monitoring Project: Lachlan River System, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office
2014
Porter J; Kingsford RT; Brandis KJ, 2014, Aerial Survey of Wetland Birds in Eastern Australia - October 2014 Annual Summary Report
2014
Kingsford RT; Bino G; Porter JL; Brandis KJ, 2014, 'Changes in distribution, abundance and breeding of waterbirds in Australia – impacts on decision-making for rivers', presented at Society for Conservation Biology, Missoula, US, 13 July 2014 - 16 July 2014
2014
Bino, G ; Kingsford RT; Brandis KJ; Porter JL, 2014, Setting waterbird objective and priorities for the Basin-wide environmental watering strategy, Murray Darling Basin Authority
2014
Porter JL; Kingsford RT; Brandis KJ, 2014, 'Long term changes in waterbird communities in eastern Australia – winners and losers over 30 years', Alice Springs, presented at Ecological Society Australia, Alice Springs, 28 September 2014 - 03 October 2014
2014
Brandis K; Koeltzow N; Ryall S; Ramp D, 2014, 'Assessing the use of remote camera traps to measure reproductive success in ibis breeding colonies', Australian Field Ornithology, vol. 31, pp. 99 - 106, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=353309584632596;res=IELHSS
2014
Kingsford RT; Brandis KJ; Porter J, 2013, Survey of waterbird communities of the Hydrological Indicator and Murray Icon Sites -October-November 2012
2013
Kingsford RT; Bino G; Porter J; Brandis KJ, 2013, Waterbird communities in the Murray-Darling Basin, 1983-2012, Murray Darling Basin Authority
2013
Brandis KJ; Watson H; Ryall S, 2012, Pittwater Waterbird Habitat Survey and Mapping, Pittwater Council
2012
Gawne B; Butcher R; Hale J; Kingsford RT; Brandis KJ; Leo V; Wheaton L; Hladyz S, 2011, A Review of River Ecosystem Condition in the Murray-Darling Basin, Murray Darling Basin Freshwater Research Centre
2011
Brandis KJ; Kingsford R; Ren SRSQRS; Ramp D, 2011, 'Crisis water management and Ibis breeding at Narran Lakes in arid Australia', Environmental Management, vol. 48, pp. 489 - 498, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00267-011-9705-5
2011
Little S; Marsh N; Brandis KJ; Campbell C; Vilizzi L; Wook Lee J, 2011, Testing and refinement of ecological models for Murray icon sites, eWater CRC
2011
Brandis KJ, 2011, 'Colonial Waterbird Breeding', The Bird Observer, vol. 868, pp. 9 - 10
2011
Brandis KJ; Watson H, 2011, Estuarine Wetland and Migratory Bird Survey and Priority Habitat Mapping, Hornsby Shire Council
2011
Brandis KJ, 2011, Colonial Waterbird Breeding in Australia: wetlands, water requirements and environmental flows, UNSW
2011
Brandis KJ; Ramp D; Kingsford RT, 2011, 'Colonial Waterbirds: Wetland Use and Vulnerability at a Continental Scale', presented at The Wildlife Society Conference 2011, 05 November 2011 - 10 November 2011
2011
Brandis KJ; Ryall S; Kingsford RT, 2011, Lowbidgee 2010/2011 Colonial Waterbird Breeding, Lowbidee League
2011
Kingsford R; Brandis KJ; Jenkins K; Nairn LC; Rayner TS, 2010, 'Measuring ecosystem responses to flow across temporal and spatial scales', in Saintilan N; Overton I (ed.), Ecosystem response modelling in the Murray-Darling Basin, CSIRO, Canberra, pp. 15 - 35, http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6350.htm
2010
Brandis KJ; Nairn L; Porter J; Kingsford RT, 2009, Preliminary assessment for the environmental water requirements of waterbird species in the Murray Darling Basin, Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
2009
Brandis KJ; Roshier D; Kingsford RT, 2009, Literature review and development of experimental designs to address waterbird hypotheses on flow enhancement and retaining floodwater on floodplain interventions, Murray Darling Basin Authority
2009
Kingsford R; Brandis KJ; Porter JL, 2008, Waterbird Response to Flooding in the northern Murray-Darling Basin 2008, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Final report to the Murray-Darling Basin Commission
2008
Kingsford R; Brandis KJ; Thomas R, 2008, Waterbird breeding in the Macquarie Marshes, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Final Report to the Environmental Trust
2008
Jenkins KM; Brandis KJ; Kingsford R; Davies JN, 2008, Waterbird diet, foraging and food analysis: Narran Lakes ibis breeding event 2008, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Draft report to the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change
2008
Brandis KJ; Head M, 2008, Digitising and Orthorectification of Macquarie Marshes Archival Airphoto Collection, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Final Report to NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change
2008
Kingsford R; Silke N; Brandis KJ, 2007, Ecological Character Description for the Macquarie Marshes Nature Reserve Ramsar Site, NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change. School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney
2007
Kingsford R; Beaver D; Brandis KJ, 2006, Developing a methodology to conduct a scientific assessment of the ecological values of wetlands in the Lake Eyre Basin, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney
2006
Young W; Brandis KJ; Kingsford R, 2006, 'Modelling monthly streamflows in two Australian dryland rivers: Matching model complexity to spatial scale and data availability', Journal of Hydrology, vol. 331, pp. 242 - 256, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2006.05.014
2006
Kingsford R; Brandis KJ; Thomas RF; Knowles R; Crighton P; Gale E, 2004, 'Classifying landform at broad landscape scales: the distribution and conservation of wetlands in New South Wales, Australia', Marine and Freshwater Research, vol. 55, pp. 17 - 31, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF03075
2004
Brandis KJ; Jacobson C, 2003, 'Estimation of vegetative fuel loads using LandsatTM imagery in New South Wales, Australia', International Journal of Wildland Fire, vol. 12, pp. 185 - 194, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WF03032
2003