Professor of Aquatic Ecology, Griffith University

Professor Burford has a PhD in nutrient cycling.

She has studied ecological processes, including water quality, in rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and marine systems, and published extensively in this area.

She also has research expertise in Algal ecology, Nutrient cycling, Nutrients in Aquaculture and Food web dynamics.

Experience

  • 2013–present
    Professor, Griffith University

Education

  • 2001 
    University of Queensland, PhD

Publications

  • 2016
    Davies, C.H., Coughlan, A., Hallegraeff, G., Ajani, P., Armbrecht, L., Natalia Atkins, Prudence Bonham, Steve Brett, Richard Brinkman, Burford, M., et al. The Australian phytoplankton database - abundance and biovolume. Scientific Data, in press, Scientific Data
  • 2016
    Burford, M.A., Beardall, J., Willis, A., Orr, P.T., Magalhaes, V.F., Rangel, L.M., Azevedo, S.M.F.O.E., Neilan, B.A. Understanding the winning strategies used by the bloom forming cyanobacterium Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii. Harmful Algae, in press, Harmful Algae
  • 2016
    Rothlisberg, P.C., Burford, M.A. Biological Oceanography of the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia: A review. Aquatic Nutrient Biogeochemistry and Microbial Ecology: A Dual Perspective, (Eds. P.M. Glibert, T. Kana) in press., Aquatic Nutrient Biogeochemistry and Microbial Ecology: A Dual Perspective
  • 2016
    Neilen, A.D., Chen, C.R., Faggotter, S.J., Ellison, T.L., Burford, M.A. 2016. Biotic and abiotic controls on nitrogen leaching losses into waterways during successive bovine urine application to soil. Journal of Environmental Management, 176, 11-20, Journal of Environmental Management
  • 2016
    Burford, M.A., Valdez, D., Curwen, G., Faggotter S.J., Ward, D.P., O’Brien, K.R. 2016. Inundation of saline supratidal mudflats provides an important source of carbon and nutrients in an aquatic system. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 545, 29-33, Marine Ecology Progress Series
  • 2016
    Hongmei Bu, Xianfang Song, Quanfa Zhang, Burford, M.A. Strontium concentrations and isotope ratios in a forest-river system in the South Qinling Mts., China. 2016. Water Research, 93, 91-97, Water Research
  • 2015
    Pierangelini, M., Sinha, R., Willis, A., Burford, M., Orr, P.T., Beardall, J., Neilan, B.A. 2015. Constitutive cylindrospermopsin cellular pool size in Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii under different light and pCO2 conditions. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 81, 3069-3076, Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • 2015
    Jardine, T.D., Bond, N.R., Burford, M.A., Kennard, M.J., Ward, D.P., Bayliss, P., Davies, P.M., Douglas, M.M., Hamilton, S.K., Melaks, J.M., Naiman, R.J., Pettit, N.E., Pusey, B.J., Warfe, D.M., Bunn, S.E. 2015. Does flood rhythm drive ecosystem responses in tropical riverscapes? Ecology, 96, 684-692, Ecology
  • 2015
    Hong, Y., Burford, M.A., Ralph, P.J., Doblin, M.A. 2015. Subtropical zooplankton assemblage promotes the harmful cyanobacterium Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii in a mesocosm experiment. Journal of Plankton Research, 37, 90-101, Journal of Plankton Research
  • 2015
    Willis, A., Parks, M., Burford, M.A. 2015. Draft genome assembly of filamentous brackish cyanobacterium Limnoraphis robusta strain CS-951. Genome Announcements, 3(5). DOI:10.1128/genomeA.00846-15, Genome Announcements, 3(5)
  • 2015
    Kehoe, M., O’Brien, K.R., Grinham, A., Burford, M.A. 2015. Primary production of lake phytoplankton, dominated by the cyanobacterium Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii, in response to irradiance and temperature. Inland Waters, 5, 93-100 , Inland Waters
  • 2015
    Willis, A., Adams, M.P., Chuang, A.W., Orr, P.T., O’Brien, K.R., Burford, M.A. 2015. Constitutive toxin production and different optimal nitrogen concentrations leads to variation in toxin yield with three ecotypes of Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii ((Woloszynska) Seenayya et Subba Raju). Harmful Algae, 47, 27-34, Harmful Algae
  • 2015
    Prentice, M.J., O’Brien, K.R., Hamilton, D.P., Burford, M.A. 2015. High- and low-affinity phosphate uptake and its effect on phytoplankton dominance in a phosphate-depauperate lake. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 75, 139-153, Aquatic Microbial Ecology
  • 2015
    Leigh, C., Watkinson, A., Burford, M.A. 2015. Effects of an extreme inflow event on the water quality and phytoplankton of reservoirs in subtropical Australia. Inland Waters, 5, 240 -252, Inland Waters
  • 2014
    Duggan, M., Connolly, R.M., Whittle, M., Curwen, G., Burford, M.A. 2014. Effects of freshwater flow extremes on intertidal biota of a wet-dry tropical estuary. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 502, 11-23, Marine Ecology Progress Series
  • 2014
    Burford, M.A., Davis, T.W., Orr, P.T., Sinha, R., Willis, A., Neilan, B.A. 2014. Nutrient-related changes in the toxicity of field blooms of the cyanobacterium Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii. 2014. FEMS Microbiology and Ecology 89, 135-148, FEMS Microbiology and Ecology
  • 2014
    Davis, T.W., Orr, P.T., Boyer, G.L., Burford, M.A. 2014. Investigating the production and release of cylindrospermopsin and deoxy-cylindrospermopsin by Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii over a natural growth cycle. Harmful Algae, 31, 18-25, Harmful Algae
  • 2014
    Sinha, R., Davis, T.W., Pearson, L., Muenchhoff, J., Pratama, R., Jex, A., Burford, M.A., Neilan, B. 2014. Comparative genomics of Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii strains with differential toxicities. BMC genomics, 15:83, BMC genomics
  • 2013
    Robson, B.J., Gehrke, P.C., Burford, M.A., Webster, I.T., Revill, A.T., Palmer, D.W. 2013. The Ord River estuary: a regulated wet-dry tropical river system. In: Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and beyond. Ed. E. Wolanski, Springer, pp. 131-152., Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and beyond

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Will catchment revegetation cause unintended consequences for waterways?
    Role:
    Lead Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2015
    A tradable permit scheme for cost effective reduction of nitrogen runoff in the sugarcane catchments of the Great Barrier Reef
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Environment Science Program, Tropical Water Quality Hub
  • 2015
    New tracer methods for revealing the hidden connections between ecosystems
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    ARC Discovery
  • 2015
    Adaptive ecotyping of the toxic cyanobacterium Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii to predict its invasive capacity
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    ARC Linkage
  • 2013
    Pelagic community metabolism in Australian coastal waters
    Role:
    Investigator
    Funding Source:
    CSIRO Marine & Coastal Carbon Cluster
  • 2013
    Improving the sustainability of rice-shrimp farming systems in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Centre for Int. Agricultural Res. (ACIAR)