My publications can also be viewed on ResearchGate and Google scholar along with citation indices. In addition to publishing in journals, I have given several conference talks.



Velasquez, E., Bryan, S., Ekins, M., Cook, A., Hurrey, L., and Firn. J. Age and area predict patterns of species richness in pumice rafts contingent on oceanic climatic zone encountered. Ecology and Evolution. 2018;00:1–13.


Submitted      Velasquez., E., Bryan, S., and Firn., J. Biotic drivers, including a foundation species effect, are predictors of community assembly for floating pumice ecosystems. Functional Ecology.

Draft in prep. Velasquez., E. and Firn., J.  Disturbance history predicts recruitment success in a critically endangered ecosystem. Ecosphere.

Government reports, policy and legislative instruments:

2012                Reef Water Quality Protection Unit; ‘Review of knowledge gaps and strengths identified from Environmental Risk Management Plan (ERMP) accreditation processes’.
Significance:   This report provided one of the multiple lines of evidence which contributed to the third Reef Report Card under ‘Priority Area 3: Measuring Success’ of the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan 2009 (Reef Plan) which is a joint State and Federal government initiative aimed at protecting the Great Barrier Reef. (

2011                Wild Rivers Team; Natural values and Wild River Declaration reports for the Olive-Pascoe, Watson and Coleman Rivers located on Cape York Peninsular.
Significance:   A group of dedicated policy officers with a background in science were pulled into a ‘special project team’ to escalate the collation of scientific information and production of these reports prior to the 2012 State election.

 2010                Water Allocation and Planning (North) Team; Mitchell and Gulf Resource Operations Plans released for public consultation and implemented.
Significance: The water resource planning process, prescribed under the Water Act 2000 is one of Queensland’s main tools for meeting the challenges of climate change and population growth.(