A/Prof. Julie Mondon



Associate Head Of School (Warrnambool)


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Life & Env. Sciences


Warrnambool Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2007
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania, 2000
Master of Arts, Deakin University, 1996
Diploma of Education, University of Tasmania, 1984
Bachelor of Science, University of Tasmania, 1983


+61 3 556 33348


Dr Julie Mondon studied a B.Sc. in Zoology/Botany, followed by a BSc.Honours in Marine Ecology, a MA degree in Science and Technology Studies and PhD in Aquatic Ecotoxicology. For the past 20 years her research interests have related to multidisciplinary research associated with indicators of ecological health and risk assessment.  Dr Mondon's publication record represents her special interest in ecotoxicological risk assessment and biomarkers of human impact and toxicological effects of non-metal, metals and organics contaminants exposure to marine organisms and habitats. Her research applies to coastal marine ecosystems from tropical regions through to the Antarctic.

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Career highlights

Scientific contribution to the Australian Antarctic Science Program. 

Research interests

Aquatic Ecotoxicology

Coastal and marine waters and sediment impact risk assessment

Biomarkers of exposure and effect in vertebrates / invertebrates 

Histopathology and aquatic animal health indices


Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University

MFAS Marine abd Freshwater Aquatic Sciences

Units taught

Human Impacts - Aquatic Pollution

Human Impacts - Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment

Knowledge areas

Human impacts on aquatic ecosytems; industrial, wastewater, metals and organics impact on aquatic organisms; exposure and effect biomarker response to pollutants in fish, sharks, crustaceans, molluscs, microalgae. Multiple lines of evidence risk assessment development for complex effluents, desalination brine, sewage wastewater, plastics. In situ ecological risk evaluation in freshwater, estuarine and marine waters. Community structure alteration and introduced species impact. Developemt of fish and bivalve health indices based on morpholgical and histolgical alteration, and physiological change.


Dr Julie Mondon is currently the Director of Bachelor of Environmental Sciences (Marine Biology) in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University (Australia), Senior Lecturer in Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Aquatic Pollution and Human Impacts on Marine Ecosystems, and is a research active member of the Centre for Integrative Ecology. Her research direction focuses on ecotoxicological risk assessment tools for marine and estuarine water and sediment quality, using biomarker response in in situ aquatic organisms at the community, organism, tissue and biochemical levels. Application of biomarker response spans a geographical range from the tropics to Antarctica. Current collaborative projects with the Australian Antarctic Division include investigating risk posed by heavy metal contaminant from legacy waste disposal sites and organic contaminants from sewage wastewater release into coastal waters proximal to the Antarctic research stations. Projects with the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, include heat tolerance and metals toxicity in aquatic species. Collaborative projects with the National Centre for Excellence in Desalination and the Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia, include investigating environmental and ecotoxicological impact of desalination brine wastewater release to coastal waters habitats. Dr Mondon leads the ecotoxicology and histopathology research program at the Warrnambool campus.
  • Environment and environmental issues

Research groups

CIE Centre for Integrative Ecology

MFAS Marine and Freshwater Aquatic Sciences


Signature biomarkers for contaminated exposure associated with sewage and refuse legacy waste disposal sites in Antarctic fish and bivalves.  Australian Antarctic Division

Assessment and mitigating environmental impacts of SWRO outfalls on key benthic marine organisms. National Centre for Excellence in Desalination.

Great Australian Bight Deepwater Marine Program. CSIRO


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Deriving site-specific water quality criteria for ammonia from national versus international toxicity data

Zhihong Liu, Peidong Tai, Xiaojun Li, Lingxue Kong, Ty Matthews, Rebecca Lester, Julie Mondon

(2019), Vol. 171, pp. 665-676, Ecotoxicology and environmental safety, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Effects of desalination brine and seawater with the same elevated salinity on growth, physiology and seedling development of the seagrass Posidonia australis

Marion Cambridge, Andrea Zavala-Perez, Greg Cawthray, John Statton, Julie Mondon, Gary Kendrick

(2019), Vol. 140, pp. 462-471, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


De Novo assembly and characterisation of the greentail prawn (Metapenaeus bennettae) hepatopancreas transcriptome - identification of stress response and detoxification transcripts

Emily Armstrong, Adam Miller, Julie Mondon, Paul Greenfield, Sarah Stephenson, Mun Tan, Han Gan, Sharon Hook

(2019), Vol. 47, pp. 1-10, Marine genomics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Histopathology, vitellogenin and chemical body burden in mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) sampled from six river sites receiving a gradient of stressors

P Scott, H Coleman, S Khan, R Lim, J McDonald, J Mondon, P Neale, E Prochazka, L Tremblay, M Warne, F Leusch

(2018), Vol. 616-617, pp. 1638-1648, Science of the total environment, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Transcriptomic, lipid, and histological profiles suggest changes in health in fish from a pesticide hot spot

Sharon Hook, Julie Mondon, Andrew Revill, Paul Greenfield, Rachael Smith, Ryan Turner, Patricia Corbett, Michael Warne

(2018), Vol. 140, pp. 299-321, Marine environmental research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Complex genetic structure revealed in the circum-Antarctic broadcast spawning sea urchin Sterechinus neumayeri

K Miller, H Baird, J Van Oosterom, J Mondon, C King

(2018), Vol. 601, pp. 153-166, Marine ecology progress series, Oldendorf, Germany, C1


Monitoring sublethal changes in fish physiology following exposure to a light, unweathered crude oil

Sharon Hook, Julie Mondon, Andrew Revill, Paul Greenfield, Sarah Stephenson, Joanna Strzlecki, Patricia Corbett, Emily Armstrong, Jing Song, Hai Doan, Skye Barrett

(2018), Vol. 204, pp. 27-45, Aquatic toxicology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Naturally occurring hydrocarbon content and baseline condition of deep-sea benthic fauna from the Great Australian Bight

S Hook, A Revill, J Mondon, P Corbett, E Armstrong, J Song, J Tanner, C Stalvies, A Ross, A Williams

(2018), Vol. 157-158, pp. 106-120, Deep sea research part II: topical studies in oceanography, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Effects of high salinity from desalination brine on growth, photosynthesis, water relations and osmolyte concentrations of seagrass Posidonia australis

M Cambridge, A Zavala-Perez, G Cawthray, J Mondon, G Kendrick

(2017), Vol. 115, pp. 252-260, Marine pollution bulletin, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Seawater temperature effect on metal accumulation and toxicity in the subantarctic Macquarie Island isopod, Exosphaeroma gigas

A Lewis, C King, N Hill, A Cooper, A Townsend, J Mondon

(2016), Vol. 177, pp. 333-342, Aquatic toxicology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


The environmental impact of sewage and wastewater outfalls in Antarctica: an example from Davis station, East Antarctica

J Stark, P Corbett, G Dunshea, G Johnstone, C King, J Mondon, M Power, A Samuel, I Snape, M Riddle

(2016), Vol. 105, pp. 602-614, Water research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Tracking spatial distribution of human-derived wastewater from Davis Station, East Antarctica, using ?15N and ?13C stable isotopes

P Corbett, C King, J Mondon

(2015), Vol. 90, pp. 41-47, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Camden, London, C1


Determining the sensitivity of the Antarctic amphipod Orchomenella pinguides to metals using a joint model of survival response to exposure concentration and duration

B Sfiligoj, C King, S Candy, J Mondon

(2015), Vol. 24, pp. 583-594, Ecotoxicology, New York, N.Y., C1


An Antarctic research station as a source of brominated and perfluorinated persistent organic pollutants to the local environment

S Wild, D McLagan, M Schlabach, R Bossi, D Hawker, R Cropp, C King, J Stark, J Mondon, S Nash

(2015), Vol. 49, pp. 103-112, Environmental science & technology, Washington, DC, C1


Application of a quantitative histological health index for Antarctic rock cod (Trematomus bernacchii) from Davis Station, East Antarctica

P Corbett, C King, J Mondon

(2015), Vol. 109, pp. 28-40, Marine environmental research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Direct evidence of histopathological impacts of wastewater discharge on resident Antarctic fish (Trematomus bernacchii) at Davis Station, East Antarctica.

P Corbett, C King, J Stark, J Mondon

(2014), Vol. 87, pp. 48-56, Marine Pollution Bulletin, London, United Kingdom, C1


Urban stormwater inputs to an adapted coastal wetland: role in water treatment and impacts on wetland biota.

J Howitt, J Mondon, B Mitchell, T Kidd, B Eshelman

(2014), Vol. 485-486, pp. 534-544, Science of the Total Environment, Netherlands, C1


Passive sampling methods for contaminated sediments : State of the science for metals

W Peijnenburg, P Teasdale, D Reible, J Mondon, W Bennett, P Campbell

(2014), Vol. 10, pp. 179-196, Integrated environmental assessment and management, England, London, C1


Modelling grouped survival times in toxicological studies using generalized additive models

S Candy, B Sfiligoj, C King, J Mondon

(2014), pp. 1-27, Environmental and Ecological Statistics, New York, NY, C1


Geographical range, heat tolerance and invasion success in aquatic species

A Bates, C McKelvie, C Sorte, S Morley, N Jones, J Mondon, T Bird, G Quinn

(2013), Vol. 280, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, C1


A simple osmium post-fixation paraffin-embedment technique to identify lipid accumulation in fish liver using medaka (Oryzias latipes) eggs and eleutheroembryos as lipid rich models

J Mondon, J Howitt, M Tosiano, K Kwok, D Hinton

(2011), Vol. 63, pp. 86-90, Marine Pollution Bulletin, C1


Field evaluation of a suite of biomarkers in an Australian Tropical Reef Species, Stripey Seaperch (Lutjanus carponotatus) : Assessment of Produced Formation water from the Harriet A Platform

S Codi King, C Conwell, M Haasch, J Mondon, J Mueller, S Zhu, L Howitt

(2011), pp. 261-294, Produced water : environmental risks and advances in mitigation technologies, New York, N.Y., B1


Investigation of the mud crab (Scylla serrata) as a potential bio-monitoring species for tropical coastal marine environments of Australia

J van Oosterom, S Codi King, A Negri, C Humphrey, J Mondon

(2010), Vol. 60, pp. 283-290, Marine Pollution Bulletin, C1


Exposure to the synthetic FXR agonist GW4064 causes alterations in gene expression and sublethal hepatotoxicity in eleutheroembryo medaka (Oryzias latipes)

D Howarth, S Law, J Law, J Mondon, S Kullman, D Hinton

(2010), Vol. 243, pp. 111-121, Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, C1


Effect of environmental flows on deep, anoxic pools

M Coates, J Mondon

(2009), Vol. 220, pp. 1643-1651, Ecological Modelling, C1


Deployment of DGT units in marine waters to assess the environmental risk from a deep sea tailings outfall

J Sherwood, D Barnett, N Barnett, K Dover, J Howitt, H Ii, P Kew, J Mondon

(2009), Vol. 652, pp. 215-223, Analytica Chimica Acta, C1


Classification and management issues of estuaries in western Victoria, Australia

J Sherwood, J Mondon, C Fenton

(2008), Vol. 120, pp. 257-276, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, C1


Estuarine fish health assessment: Evidence of wastewater impacts based on nitrogen isotopes and histopathology

T Schlacher, J Mondon, R Connolly

(2007), Vol. 54, pp. 1762-1776, Marine Pollution Bulletin, C1


Uses of porewater toxicity tests in sediment quality triad studies

R Carr, E Long, J Mondon, P Montagna, P Roscigno

(2003), pp. 201-227, Porewater toxicity testing biological, chemical, and ecological considerations, Pensacola, Fla., B1-1


Histological, growth and 7-ethoxyresorufin 0-deethylase (EROD) activity responses of greenback flounder Rhombosolea tapirina to contaminated marine sediment and diet

J Mondon, S Duda, B Nowak

(2001), Vol. 54, pp. 231-247, Aquatic toxicology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Persistent organic pollutants in oysters Crassostrea gigas and sand flathead Platycephalus bassensis from Tasmanian estuarine and coastal waters

J Mondon, B Nowak, A Sodergren

(2001), Vol. 42, pp. 157-161, Marine pollution bulletin, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Environmental aspects of wastewood discharges from a hardwood woodchip mill located on an estuary in Northern Tasmania

P Mineely, L Wong, P Cameron, P Hillier, J Mondon

(2001), Vol. 54, pp. 431-434, Appita journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1


Immune response of greenback flounder Rhombosolea tapirina after exposure to contaminanted marine sediment and diet

J Mondon, S Duda, B Nowak

(2000), Vol. 50, pp. 443-450, Marine environmental research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Using nuclear techniques in estuarine condition assessment: Sedimentation and contaminant history of estuaries in post-European times

Dr Adam Pope, Dr Jan Barton, Dr Mark Warne, A/Prof Julie Mondon, Prof Peter Gell

AINSE Awards - Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering

  • 2012: $24,720

Assessing and mitigating environmental impacts of SWRO outfalls on key benthic marine organisms

A/Prof Julie Mondon, Dr Alecia Bellgrove

National Centre of Excellence in Desalination

  • 2014: $96,863
  • 2013: $182,218
  • 2012: $23,410

Signature biomarkers for contaminant exposure associated with sewage and legacy waste disposal sites in Antartic fish and bivalves EOI#4177

A/Prof Julie Mondon, Dr Julia Howitt, Dr Catherine King

DEH-AAD Grant - Australian Centre for Applied Marine Mammal Science (ACAMMS) - Department of the Environment and Water Resources-Australian Antarctic Division

  • 2015: $5,000
  • 2014: $21,380
  • 2013: $88,370

Shaun Davis NCED Scholarship - Development of biomarkers of exposure and effect of elevated salinity on fisheries benthic marine invertebrates

A/Prof Julie Mondon, Mr Shaun Davis

National Centre of Excellence in Desalination - Scholarship

  • 2015: $10,000
  • 2014: $10,000
  • 2013: $10,000

Other Public Sector Funding

Metal cycling and Levels in Rivers and Implications

Dr Julia Howitt, Prof Neil Barnett, A/Prof Julie Mondon, A/Prof John Sherwood

  • 2007: $3,000
  • 2006: $7,000

Modelling the effects of environmental flows on deep river pools

Dr Michael Coates, A/Prof Julie Mondon, Mr Peter Swanson

  • 2006: $10,000

Pilot Assessment of the Ecological Health of Lake Pertrobe

A/Prof Bradley Mitchell, Dr Julia Howitt, A/Prof Julie Mondon

  • 2008: $10,000

QAL Environment Evaluation

A/Prof Julie Mondon

  • 2011: $32,668

Ecotoxicological analysis and reporting for the Australian Antarctic Division

A/Prof Julie Mondon

  • 2018: $7,318

Inspiring Young Marine Science Experts - Stewards of Swan Bay

Ms Nicole Sadler, Dr Alecia Bellgrove, A/Prof Julianne Lynch, Dr Ty Matthews, Dr Prue Francis, A/Prof Julie Mondon

  • 2019: $13,356
  • 2018: $18,115

Industry and Other Funding

Great Australian Bight Deepwater Marine Program

A/Prof Julie Mondon

  • 2016: $55,000

Great Australian Bight Deepwater Marine Program - Emily Armstrong scholarship

A/Prof Julie Mondon, Miss Emily Armstrong

  • 2019: $15,000
  • 2018: $15,000
  • 2017: $15,000


Principal Supervisor

Zhi Hong Liu

Thesis entitled: Deriving applicable ammonia Water Quality Criteria for Liao River China

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences


Patricia Corbett

Thesis entitled: Histopathological Fish Health Index: a Biomarker of Pollution Effect

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences


Bianca Jade Sfiligoj

Thesis entitled: Sensitivity of Antarctic marine invertebrates and microalgae to metal exposure

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences


Jacob Thomas Van Oosterom

Thesis entitled: Gene flow in East Antarctic echinoderms and resilience to climate change

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Alistair Payne

Thesis entitled: Ecological Renovation of a Constructed Wetland

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences


Karen Maree Hermon

Thesis entitled: The Impacts of Recycled Water Irrigation in Great Western Vinyard Soils

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Associate Supervisor

Cheree Fenton

Thesis entitled: Hydrodynamics and Algal Ecology of the Fitzroy and Merri River Estuaries

Master of Science (Ecology & Environment), School of Life and Environmental Sciences