Dr Matthew Colloff

BSc (Joint Hons., Bristol), PhD (Glasgow)
Visiting Fellow

Matt started his career with a PhD in medical entomology in 1985 at the University of Glasgow, followed by postdoctoral research on the immunology and epidemiology of allergic diseases. Matt moved to Australia in 1994 to pursue a research career with CSIRO on soil biodiversity and ecosystem function. In 2007 Matt commenced research on the ecology and management of floodplains and wetlands, with an emphasis on the water resources of the Murray-Darling Basin. In 2012 he shifted his focus towards adaptation to research on changing the ways that people think and act on adaptation to climate change, particularly on adaptation pathways and services and the interaction between values, rules and knowledge in adaptation decision making. Matt is an accredited Executive Coach.

Research interests

Dr Matt Colloff is an ecologist and taxonomist by training, a founder member of the Transformative Adaptation Research Alliance (TARA https://research.csiro.au/tara/) and formerly Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Land and Water. His current research is integration science to underpin conservation, natural resource management and adaptation to climate change.

Areas of expertise

Environmental Science, Management and Policy

Adaptation to climate change

Ecosystem ecology

Functional ecology of floodplains and wetlands

Integration science and decision making

Systematics and biogeography

Conservation science

Coaching and mentoring

Full publication list.

Bark, R., Colloff, M.J. Hatton MacDonald, D., Pollino, C.A., Jackson, S. and Crossman, N.D. (2016, published online) Integrated valuation of ecosystem services obtained from restoring water to the environment in a major regulated river basin. Ecosystem Services http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.08.002

Colloff, M.J., Doherty, M.D, Lavorel, S., Dunlop, M., Wise, R.M. & Prober, S.M. (2016, published online) Adaptation services and pathways for the management of temperate montane forests under transformational climate change. Climatic Change http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-016-1724-z

Abel, N., Wise, R.M., Colloff, M.J., Walker, B.H., Butler, J.R.A., Ryan, P., Norman, C., Langston, A., Anderies, J.M., Gorddard, R., Dunlop, M. and O’Connell, D. (2016) Building a resilient pathway towards transformation when “no-one is in charge”: insights from Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin. Ecology and Society 21(2), 23. [online] http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-08422-210223

Baldwin, D.S., Colloff, M.J., Mitrovic, S., Bond, N.R. and Wolfenden, B. (2016) Restoring dissolved organic carbon subsidies from floodplains to lowland river food webs: a role for environmental flows? Marine and Freshwater Research 67, 1387-1399. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF15382

Gorddard, R., Colloff, M.J., Wise, R.M., Ware, D. and Dunlop, M. (2016) Values, rules and knowledge: Adaptation as change in the decision context. Environmental Science and Policy 57, 60-69. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2015.12.004

Roberts, J., Colloff, M.J. and Doody, T.M. (2016) Riverine vegetation of inland south-eastern Australia. In: Capon, S., James, C. and Reid, M. (eds.) Vegetation of Australian Riverine Landscapes: Biology, Ecology and Management. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 177-199.

Colloff, M.J., Lavorel, S., Wise, R.M., Dunlop, M., Overton, I.C. and Williams, K.J. (2016) Adaptation services of floodplains and wetlands under transformational climate change. Ecological Applications 26, 1003-1017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/15-0848

Lavorel, S., Colloff, M.J., McIntyre, S., Doherty, M., Murphy, H., Metcalfe, D., Dunlop, M., Williams, R., Wise, R.M. and Williams, K. (2015) Ecological mechanisms underpinning climate adaptation services. Global Change Biology 21, 12-31. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gcb.12689

Hannaford, J., Acreman, M., Stahl, K., Bachmair, S., Svoboda, M.S., Knutson, C., Crossman, N.D., Overton, I.C. and Colloff, M.J. (2015) Enhancing drought monitoring and early warning by linking indicators to impacts. In: Andreu, J., Solera, A., Paredes-Arquiola, J., Haro-Monteagudo, D. and van Lanen, D. (eds.) Drought: Research and Science-Policy Interfacing. CRC Press/Balkema, Leiden, pp. 287-292. http://dx.doi.org/10.1201/b18077-49

Doody, T.M., Colloff, M.J., Davies, M., Koul, V., Benyon, R.G. and Nagler, P.L. (2015) Quantifying water requirements of riparian river red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia – implications for environmental water allocations. Ecohydrology 8, 1471-1487. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/eco.1598

Crossman, N.D., Bark, R.H., Colloff, M.J., Hatton McDonald, D. and Pollino, C.A. (2015) Using an ecosystem services-based approach to measure the benefits of reducing diversions of freshwater: A case study in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. In: J. Martin-Ortega, R. Ferrier, I. Gordon, I. & S. Khan (eds.) Water Ecosystem Services: A Global Perspective. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 82-89.

Colloff, M.J. (2015) The Crotonia fauna of New Zealand revisited (Acari: Oribatida): taxonomy, phylogeny, ecological distribution and biogeography. Zootaxa 3947, 1-29. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3947.1.1

Colloff, M.J., Caley, P., Saintilan, N., Pollino, C.A. and Crossman, N.C. (2015) Long-term ecological trends of flow-dependent ecosystems in a major river basin. Marine and Freshwater Research 66, 957–969. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF14067

Chariton, A.A., Stephenson, S., Morgan, M.J., Steven, A.D.L., Colloff, M.J., Court, L.N., and Hardy, C.M. (2015) Metabarcoding of benthic eukaryote communities predicts the ecological condition of estuaries. Environmental Pollution 203, 165-174. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2015.03.047

Colloff, M.J., Ward, K.A. and Roberts, J. (2014) Ecology and conservation of grassy wetlands dominated by spiny mud grass Pseudoraphis spinescens in the southern Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 24, 238-255. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aqc.2390

Colloff, M.J. and Cameron, S.L. (2014) Beyond Moa’s Ark and Wallace’s Line: extralimital distribution of the oribatid mite genus Austronothrus Hammer, 1966 (Acari: Oribatida, Crotoniidae) and the biogeographical affinities of the New Zealand oribatid fauna. Zootaxa 3780, 263-281. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3780.2.3

Acreman, M.C., Arthington, A.H., Colloff, M.J., Couch, C.A., Crossman, N., Dyer, F., Overton, I.C., Pollino, C., Stewardson, M.H. and Young, W.J. (2014) Environmental flows for natural, hybrid and novel riverine ecosystems in a changing world. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 21, 466-473. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/130134

Vivian, L., Godfree, R.C., Colloff, M.J., Mayence, C.E. and Marshall D.J. (2014) Wetland plant growth under contrasting water regimes associated with river regulation and drought: implications for environmental water management. Plant Ecology 215, 997-1011. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11258-014-0357-4

Colloff, M.J. (2014) Flooded Forest and Desert Creek: Ecology and History of the River Red Gum. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/20/pid/7055.htm

Baldwin, D.S., Colloff, M.J., Rees, G.N. Watson, G.O., Chariton, A.A., Court, L.N., Hartley, D.M., Morgan, M.J., King, A. and Hardy, C.M. (2013) Impacts of inundation and drought on eukaryote biodiversity in semi-arid floodplain soils. Molecular Ecology 22, 1746-1758. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.12190

Baldwin, D.S., Rees, G.N., Wilson, J.S. Colloff, M.J., Whitworth, K.L., Pitman, T.L. and Wallace, T.A. (2013) Provisioning of bioavailable carbon between wet and dry periods in a semi-arid floodplain. Oecologia 172, 539-550. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00442-012-2512-8

Reid, J.R.W., Colloff, M.J., Arthur, A.D. and McGinness H.M. (2013) Influence of catchment condition and water resource development on waterbird assemblages in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. Biological Conservation 165, 25-34. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2013.05.009

Colloff, M.J. and Cameron, S.L. (2013) A phylogenetic analysis and taxonomic revision of the oribatid mite family Malaconothridae (Acari: Oribatida), with new species of Tyrphonothrus and Malaconothrus from Australia. Zootaxa 3681, 301-346. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3681.4.1

Colloff, M.J., Lindsay, E.A. and Cook, D.C. (2013) Natural pest control as an ecosystem service: Integrating ecology, economics and management at the farm scale. Biological Control 67, 170-177. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocontrol.2013.07.017

Rogers, K., Saintilan, N., Colloff, M.J. and Wen, L. (2013) Application of Thresholds of Potential Concern and Limits of Acceptable Change in the condition assessment of a significant wetland. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 185, 8583-8600. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10661-013-3197-0

Barton, P.S., Colloff, M.J., Pullen, K.R. and Cunningham, S.A. (2013) Arthropod assemblages in a focal tree species (Eucalyptus microcarpa) depends on the species mix in restoration plantings. Biodiversity and Conservation 22, 2091=2110. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10531-013-0530-4

Barton, P.S., Colloff, M.J. Pullen K. and Cunningham, S.A. (2013) Grassland area determines beetle assemblage dissimilarity from surrounding floodplain forest. Journal of Insect Conservation 17, 1209-1219. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10841-013-9602-8

Colloff, M.J. (2013) Species-groups and biogeography of the oribatid mite family Malaconothridae (Oribatida: Malaconothroidea), with new species from the south-western Pacific region. Zootaxa 3722, 401-438. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3722.4.1

Sims, N.C., Chariton, A., Jin, H. and Colloff, M.J. (2012) A classification of floodplain ecosystems in the Murray-Darling Basin based on changes in flows following water resource development. Wetlands 32, 239-248. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13157-011-0231-2

Sims, N.C. and Colloff, M.J. (2012) Remote sensing of vegetation responses to flooding of a semi-arid floodplain: Implications for monitoring ecological effects of environmental flows. Ecological Indicators 18, 387-391. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2011.12.007

Colloff, M.J. (2012) New eremaeozetid mites (Acari: Oribatida: Eremaeozetoidea) from the south-western Pacific region and the taxonomic status of the Eremaeozetidae and Idiozetidae. Zootaxa 3435, 1-39.

Colloff, M.J. and Cairns, A. (2011) A novel association between oribatid mites and leafy liverworts (Marchantiophyta: Jungermanniidae), with a description of a new species of Birobates (Acari: Oribatida: Oripodidae). Australian Journal of Entomology 50, 72-77. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-6055.2010.00782.x

Wakelin, S.A., Nelson, P.N., Armour, J.D., Rasiah, V. and Colloff, M.J. (2011) Bacterial community structure and denitrifier (nir-gene) abundance in soil water and groundwater beneath agricultural land in tropical north Queensland, Australia. Soil Research 49, 65-76. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SR10055

Colloff, M.J. (2011) New species of the oribatid mite genus Phyllhermannia Berlese, 1916 (Acari, Oribatida, Hermanniidae) from wet forests in south-eastern Australia show a high diversity of morphologically-similar, short-range endemics. Zootaxa 2770, 1-60. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3722.4.1

Colloff, M.J. (2011) A new genus of oribatid mite, Spineremaeus gen nov., and three new species of Scapheremaeus (Acari: Oribatida: Cymbaeremaeidae) from Norfolk Island, South-west Pacific. Zootaxa 2828, 19-37. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3780.2.3

Colloff, M.J. (2011) A review of the oribatid mite family Nothridae Berlese, 1885 in Australia: new species of Novonothrus and Trichonothrus from rain forest and their Gondwanan biogeographical affinities (Acari: Oribatida). Zootaxa 3005, 1-44.