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Dr Gilianne Brodie

Title : Associate Professor

Email: brodie_g(at)

Location: N227, Biology Section, Science Building

Telephone: 679 323 2876 or 679 3232417


Research Profile

Dr Brodie is an invertebrate biologist with a strong interest in whole organism functional biology and the application of taxonomic data to applied environmental problem solving, conservation and biodiversity management. Over the last 25 years, she has worked on a wide variety of environmental research and education projects including: soil, water and plant analysis, crown of thorns starfish outbreaks, ecotourism operations, the biology and ecology of tropical molluscs, sponges and holothurians, seagrass monitoring, agricultural pest management, invasive species identification, coastal and island world heritage area management and the merger of traditional indigenous knowledge into mainstream science and natural resource management.


At the undergraduate level Dr Brodie primarily teaches in BI202 Invertebrate Biology, MS202 Invertebrate Biology and BI304 Conservation Biology. She also contributes to the teaching of BI201 General Ecology.

At a postgraduate level she coordinates and teaches BI442 Biodiversity & Conservation with collaborative input from several local conservation experts from local, regional and international organizations.

Dr Brodie’s postgraduate research students undertake research on a wide variety of invertebrate and conservation related projects including endemic and introduced land snails, invasive termites, forest biodiversity, sustainable use of natural resources and freshwater invertebrate assemblages however she is interested in supervising projects involving marine, terrestrial or freshwater invertebrate biodiversity, taxonomy or functional biology particularly those projects involving; traditional knowledge and use of fauna, threatened endemics or invasive species.

Past Graduate Students

John Fasi, Ravikash Prasad, Edgar Pollard, Bindiya Rashni, Ramokasa Anisi

Current Graduate Students

Lia Bogitini, Siteri Tikoca, Hilda Waqa-Sakiti, Corzzierrah Posala, Latu ‘Aisea, Sumeet Kour, Tuverea Tuamoto and John Carreon

Publication Examples

·Pollard, E., Brodie, G., Thaman, R. & Morrison, C. (2014). The use of herpetofauna and cultural values to identify priority conservation forests on Malaita, Solomon Islands. Pacific Conservation Biology, 20(4): 354-362.

·Brodie, G., Barker, G.M., Stevens, F. & Fiu, M. (2014). Preliminary re-survey of the land snail fauna of Rotuma: conservation and biosecurity implications. Pacific Conservation Biology, 20(1): 94-107.

·Brodie, G., Pikacha, P. & Tuiwawa, M. (2013). Biodiversity and conservation in the Pacific Islands: Why are we not succeeding? Chapter 21. In: Sodhi, N.S., Gibson, L. & Raven, P. (eds.). Conservation Biology: Voices from the Tropics. Wiley-Blackwell.

·Fasi, J., Brodie, G., & Vanderwoude, C. (2013). Increases in crop pests caused by Wasmannia auropunctata in Solomon Islands subsistence gardens. Journal of Applied Entomology, 137(8): 580-588.

·Brodie, G. 2012. Placostylus guanensis. In: International Union for the Conservation of Nature 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <>.

·Brodie, G. & Barker, G.M., (2012). Parmarion martensi Simroth, 1893. Family Ariophantidae. 'USP Introduced Land Snails of the Fiji Islands Fact Sheet Series’, No. 1.

·Brodie, G.& Barker, G.M. (2011). Introduced land snails and slugs in the Fiji Islands: are there risks involved? Pages. 32-36. In: Veitch, C. R.; Clout, M. N. and Towns, D. R. (eds). Island Invasives: Eradication and Management. IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Gland, Switzerland. 541 pp.

·Buluta, S. Finau, I., Brodie, G. & Hodge, S. (2010).  A preliminary study into the potential of mayflies (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae and Caenidae) as bio-indicators of stream health in Fiji. South Pacific Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences, 28: 82-84.

·Brodie, G. & Copeland, L. (2010). An investigation of the land snails and slugs of Nakorotubu Range. Chapter 5, pages 30-33. In: Morrison, C., Nawadra, S. & Tuiwawa (eds). A rapid biodiversity assessment of the Nakorotuba Range, Ra Province, Fiji. RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 59. Conservation International, Arlington, USA.

·Brodie, G. (2009). Freshwater macro-invertebrates of Nakauvadra Range, Ra Province. Chapter 7, pages 76 – 80. In: Morrison, C. & Nawadra, S. (eds). A rapid biodiversity assessment of the Nakauvadra Range, Ra Province, Fiji. RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 57. Conservation International, Arlington, USA.

·Brodie, G. D. & Skelton, P. (2009). Taxonomy in Conservation: Why do we need it? Melanesian Geo. 7: 18 – 21.

·Brodie, G., Haynes, A., Loban, F. & Mellors, J.  (2008). Life in Torres Strait Seagrass Meadows. 23 pp. Environmental Science Reader, James Cook University/University of the South Pacific.

·Wägele, H., Burghardt, I., Anthes, N., Evertsen, J., Schubert, S. & Brodie, G. (2006). Biodiversity of Opisthobranch Molluscs on Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement, 69. 33-59.

·Brodie, G.D. (2005). Redescription of the Australian endemic nudibranch Dendrodoris maugeana Burn, 1962 (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia: Doridoidea): new and reviewed features important for future phylogenetic analyses of porostomes. Molluscan Research, 25(1): 37-46.

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