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Assoc Prof Andy Le Brocque

Assoc Prof Andy Le Brocque
Name Andy Le Brocque
Position Associate Professor (Ecology and Sustainability)
Section School of Sciences
Office L313
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1529
Extension 1529
Email
Qualifications BAppSc UTS , BAppSc(Hons) UTS , PhD UTS

Associate Professor Andy Le Brocque has lectured in ecology, conservation and sustainability at USQ since 1996 and currently co-ordinates and teaches courses in ecology, conservation biology, environmental science and sustainability. He has served as School Coordinator (Academic), Program Coordinator (Undergraduate, Honours, P/G programs in Sustainability Science) and on USQ's Academic Board and Faculty Board (former Faculty of Science). Assoc. Prof. Le Brocque has researched and published in the areas of plant-environment relationships, biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes, and plant-fungal relationships and is a member of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems. He has served/advised on a number of local natural resource committees in the Darling Downs region, helped establish USQ¿s environment and sustainability committee and has served on a national seed producer biosafety committee. He has also worked as a botanist, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, conducting vegetation assessments, as a consultant for the NSW Environment Protection Agency, and researcher with the University of Technology Sydney examining diazinon toxicity in rainbow fish.


Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified ( 050299 )
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge ( 050201 )
  • Terrestrial Ecology ( 060208 )
  • Community Ecology(excl. Invasive Species Ecology) ( 060202 )
  • Ecology not elsewhere classified ( 060299 )
  • Ecology ( 060200 )
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change ( 050101 )
  • Landscape Ecology ( 050104 )

Research interests
Effects of land use on biodiversity; vegetation-environment relationships; habitat and condition assessment; health of remnant vegetation in production landscapes; ecosystem services.

Current Projects:

Water relations, drought resilience and landscape function in the upper Murray-Darling Basin

Floodplain wetland hydro-ecology: ecological system dynamics and links to landscape and climate

Responses of eucalypt systems to groundwater and climate variability: critical thresholds & state transitions

Professional memberships
Ecological Society of Australia; Society for Conservation Biology

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Agriculture and the Environment (IAgE)
  • International Centre for Applied Climate Sciences (ICACS)

Currently teaching courses/programs
ECO8011 Global Issues in Sustainability (ONL)
REN1201 Environmental Studies (ONC & ONL)
REN2200 Ecology for Sustainability (ONC & ONL)
REN3301 Biodiversity and Conservation (ONC & ONL)
REN3302 Sustainable Resource Use (ONC & ONL)
REN8101 Environment, Society & Sustainability (ONL)
REN8202 Conservation for Sustainable Futures (ONL)

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
25 Years

Administrative responsibilities
School Coordinator (Academic), School of Agricultural, Computational & Environmental Sciences

Research most recent
Kath, J., Le Brocque, A., Reardon-Smith, K. and Apan, A. (2019) Remotely sensed agricultural grassland productivity responses to land use and hydro-climatic drivers under extreme drought and rainfall. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 268. pp. 11-22

Le Brocque A.F., Kath J. & Reardon-Smith K. (2018) Chronic groundwater decline: a multi-decadal analysis of groundwater trends under extreme climate cycles. Journal of Hydrology (in press). doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.04.059

Le Brocque A.F. & Wagner, P.M. (2018) Passive brigalow (Acacia harpophylla) woodland regeneration fails to recover floristic composition in an agricultural landscape. Austral Ecology, Available Online, DOI: 10.1111/aec.12578.

Kath, J., Le Brocque, A.F., & Maron, M., (2016) Using a Bayesian network model to assess ecological responses to hydrological factor interactions. Ecohydrology 9, 1-23. DOI: 10.1002/eco.1597.

Sangha, K.A., Le Brocque, A.F., Costanza, R. & Cadet-James, Y., (2015) Application of capability approach to assess the role of ecosystem services in the well-being of Indigenous Australians. Global Ecology & Conservation, 4, 445-458. doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2015.09.001

Sangha, K.A., Le Brocque, A.F., Costanza, R. & Cadet-James, Y., (2015) Ecosystems and indigenous well-being: An integrated framework. Global Ecology & Conservation, 4, 197-206. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2015.06.008.

Kath, J., Reardon-Smith, K., Le Brocque, A.F., Dyer, F., Dafny, E., Fritz, L., & Batterham, M., (2014) Groundwater decline and tree change in floodplain landscapes: identifying non-linear threshold responses in canopy condition. Global Ecology & Conservation 2, 148-160.

Abdullah, Z.Z., Apan; A., Maraseni, T.K., Le Brocque, A.F. (2014) Spectral discrimination of bulloak (Allocasuarina luehmannii) and associated woodland for habitat mapping of the endangered Bulloak Jewel butterfly (Hypochrysops piceata) in southern Queensland. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, Vol. 8 [DOI: 10.1117/1.JRS.8.083561]

Kath, J., Le Brocque, A., Leyer, I., and Mosner, E. (2014) Hydrological and land use determinants of Eucalyptus camaldulensis occurrence in floodplain wetlands. Austral Ecology, in press, DOI: 10.1111/aec.12126.

Le Brocque, A.F., Case, H. and Dearnaley, J.D.W. (2013) Response of soil fungal richness and composition to Lantana camara L. infestation in the Toowoomba region, South-East Queensland, Australia. Australasian Mycologist, 31, 17-23.

Collard, Stuart J. and Le Brocque, Andrew F. and Zammit, Charlie (2011) Effects of local-scale management on herbaceous plant communities in Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla) agroecosystems of southern Queensland, Australia. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 142 (3-4). pp. 176-183. ISSN 0167-8809

Collard, S.J., Le Brocque A.F. & Zammit C. (2009) Bird assemblages in fragmented agricultural landscapes: the role of small brigalow remnants and adjacent land uses. Biodiversity & Conservation 18:1649–1670

Le Brocque A.F., Goodhew K., & Zammit C. (2009) Overstorey tree density and understorey regrowth effects on plant composition, stand structure and floristic richness in grazed woodlands in eastern Australia. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 129: 17-27.

Downie, A.F., Le Brocque, A.F. and Dearnaley, J.D.W. (2008) The mycorrhizal fungal associations of the vulnerable Sophora fraseri (Fabaceae). Australasian Mycologist 27: 57-65.


Research most notable
Le Brocque A.F. and Buckney R.T. (1995) Vegetation and environment patterns on soils derived from Hawkesbury Sandstone and Narrabeen substrata in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, New South Wales. Australian Journal of Ecology 20:229-238.

Le Brocque A.F., Goodhew K., & Zammit C. (2009) Overstorey tree density and understorey regrowth effects on plant composition, stand structure and floristic richness in grazed woodlands in eastern Australia. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 129: 17-27.

Morrison D.A., Le Brocque A.F. & Clarke P.J. (1995) An assessment of some improved techniques for estimating the abundance of sedentary organisms. Vegetatio 120:131-145.


Publications in ePrints

Frew, Adam and Le Brocque, Andy and Nimmo, Dale and Egidi, Eleonora and Price, Jodi and Greenwood, Leanne (2020) How fungi’s knack for networking boosts ecological recovery after bushfires. The Conversation, 20 March 2020. pp. 1-8.

Kath, Jarrod ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2391-1264 and Le Brocque, Andrew and Reardon-Smith, Kathryn and Apan, ArmandoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5412-8881 (2019) Remotely sensed agricultural grassland productivity responses to land use and hydro-climatic drivers under extreme drought and rainfall. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 268. pp. 11-22. ISSN 0168-1923

Le Brocque, Andrew F. and Kath, JarrodORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2391-1264 and Reardon-Smith, Kathryn (2018) Chronic groundwater decline: a multi-decadal analysis of groundwater trends under extreme climate cycles. Journal of Hydrology, 561. pp. 976-986. ISSN 0022-1694

Le Brocque, Andrew F. and Wagner, Peter M. (2018) Passive brigalow (Acacia harpophylla) woodland regeneration fails to recover floristic composition in an agricultural landscape. Austral Ecology. pp. 1-15. ISSN 1442-9985

Le Brocque, Andrew F and Kath, JarrodORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2391-1264 and Reardon-Smith, Kate and Apan, ArmandoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5412-8881 (2017) Drivers of grassland resistance and recovery to long term drought. In: 6th Joint Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia and the New Zealand Ecological Society (EcoTAS 2017), 26 Nov-1 Dec 2017, Cypress Lakes Resort, Polkolbin, New South Wales.

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Terrestrial Ecology ( 060208 )
  • Community Ecology(excl. Invasive Species Ecology) ( 060202 )
  • Ecology not elsewhere classified ( 060299 )
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change ( 050101 )
  • Landscape Ecology ( 050104 )


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