School of Biological and Chemical Sciences


Dr Gilianne Brodie

Title : Associate Professor in Biology

Academic Qualifications

PhD           James Cook University, Queensland, Australia

MSc (Research)   James Cook University, Queensland, Australia

Bach. Applied Sciences     Charles Stuart University, NSW, Australia

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 currently teaches in BI202 Invertebrate Biology, MS202 Invertebrate Biology and BI304 Conservation Biology. 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 students undertake research on a wide variety of environmental and conservation related projects including seagrass meadows, marine molluscs, land snails, invasive invertebrates, forest biodiversity, sustainable use of natural resources and freshwater invertebrate assemblages however she is interested in supervising projects involving invertebrates in terrestrial, marine or freshwater habitats particularly those with links to traditional or cultural knowledge and use of fauna by humans.


Past Graduate Students

John Fasi, Ravikash Prasad, Edgar Pollard, Bindiya Rashni, Ramokasa Anisi, Lia Bogitini, Siteri Tikoca, Hilda Waqa-Sakiti, Corzzierrah Posala, Sumeet Kour

Current Graduate Students

Latu‘Aisea, Namrata Chand, Kevin Sese, Shalini Singh, John Carreon, Roselyn Kumar, Epu Falenga,  Saras Sharma

Publication Examples

Brodie, G., Lako, J. and Lowry, B. (2017). The Value of Snails: Prestige & Innovation Beyond Amazing Biodiversity. Chapter 1, pp 13-49. In: Yap, C. K. (editor). Snails: Biodiversity, Biology & Behavioural Insights. Animal Science, Issues and Research, NOVA Science Publishers, New York. ISBN 978-1-53611-847-6

Brodie, G. D., Barker, G.M., Pippard, H., Bick, C. and O'Foighil, D. (2016) Disappearing jewels: an urgent need for conservation of Fiji's partulid tree snail fauna. Pacific Conservation Biology, 22(3): 249 – 261.

Tikoca, S., Hodge, S., Tuiwawa, M. Brodie, G., Pene, S. and Clayton, J. (2016). An appraisal of sampling methods and effort for investigating moth assemblages in a Fijian forest. Austral Entomology, 55(4): 455-462.

Barker, G.M., Brodie, G, Bogitini, L. and Pippard, H. (2016) Diversity and current conservation status of Melanesian - New Zealand Placostylinae land snails (Gastropoda, Bothriembryontidae), with discussion of conservation imperatives, priorities and methodology issues. Pacific Conservation Biology, 22(3): 203-222.

Pollard, E., Thaman, R., Brodie, G. and Morrison, C. (2015) Threatened biodiversity and traditional ecological knowledge: associated beliefs, customs, and uses of Herpetofauna among the 'Are'Are on Malaita Island, Solomon Islands. Ethnobiology Letters, 6 (1). pp. 99-110. ISSN 2159-8126

Prasad, R., Brodie, G., Vanderwoude, C. and Hodge, S. (2015) Potential of the weed Abrus precatorius Linnaeus (Fabales: Fabaceae) for control of insect pests in the South Pacific: a review. International Journal of Entomological Research, 3(3): 113-124.

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

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., Pikacha, P. and 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, pp. 181-187. ISBN 9780470658635

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.

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