Staff Profile


Career Summary


  • PhD (Zoology), Virginia Polytechnic and State University - USA, 01/12/1993
  • Master of Science (Zoology), Virginia Polytechnic and State University - USA, 01/09/1988


Research keywords

  • Ecotoxicology
  • Environmental Physiology
  • Water Quality

Research expertise

My research is focused in the general areas of aquatic ecology and ecotoxicology. Specific interests include biochemical and physiological stress responses due to contaminant exposure with emphasis on energetics, response of benthic invertebrate communities to perturbation, amphibian toxicology, development of toxicity tests, and landscape level assessments of aquatic habitat quality using GIS.

Fields of Research

050299Environmental Science And Management Not Elsewhere Classified70
060899Zoology Not Elsewhere Classified20
060204Freshwater Ecology10


Administrative expertise

In my current position as Professor and Chair in Environmental Science and Management, I work closely with my colleagues to collectively lead this new discipline and provide vision as we grow and "fine tune" our course offerings and educational experiences for our students.


Teaching keywords

  • Ecotoxicology
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Water

Teaching expertise

I lecture in both core and elective courses in the Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management. These currently include ENVS1001 (Environmental Science Concepts and Methods) and ENVS3004 (Ecotoxicology). In Semester 2 of 2012, I will also be teaching in a revised version of SRMT2030 (Sustainable Water Management).



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Chapter (4 outputs)

2010Linder G, Bridges Britton C, Bidwell JR, 'Ecotoxicology of Amphibians and Reptiles in a Nutshell', Ecotoxicology of Amphibians and Reptiles - Second Edition, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, United States of America 69-103 (2010) [B1]
2010Bidwell JR, 'Range expansion of Dreissena polymorpha: a review of major dispersal vectors in Europe and North America', The Zebra Mussel in Europe, Backhuys Publishers, Kerkwerve, Netherlands 69-78 (2010) [B1]
2005Laughlin TF, Bidwell JR, Cooper N, Elder Jr JF, 'Recent applications of molecular genetic methods in population structure and ecotoxicology', Recent Research Developments in Ecology Vol. 3, Research Signpost, Kerala, India 29-54 (2005) [B1]
2003Burkhart JG, Bidwell JR, Fort DJ, Sheffield SR, 'Chemical Stressors', Amphibian decline : an integrated analysis of multiple stressor effects, SETAC Press, Pensacola, Florida, USA 111-128 (2003) [B1]
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Journal article (23 outputs)

2013Dvorett D, Bidwell J, Davis C, DuBois C, 'Assessing Natural and Anthropogenic Variability in Wetland Structure for Two Hydrogeomorphic Riverine Wetland Subclasses', Environmental Management, 52 1-14 (2013) [C1]
2013Meyer MD, Davis CA, Bidwell JR, 'Assessment of Two Methods for Sampling Invertebrates in Shallow Vegetated Wetlands', Wetlands, 1-11 (2013) [C1]
2012Dvorett D, Bidwell JR, Davis C, Dubois C, 'Developing a hydrogeomorphic wetland inventory: Reclassifying national wetlands inventory polygons in geographic information systems', Wetlands, 32 83-93 (2012) [C1]
2010Fisher JC, Belden JB, Bidwell JR, 'Can site-specific heuristic toxicity models predict the toxicity of produced water?', Chemosphere, 80 542-547 (2010) [C1]
2010Bidwell JR, Becker C, Hensley SL, Stark R, Meyer MT, 'Occurrence of organic wastewater and other contaminants in cave streams in northeastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas', Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 58 286-298 (2010) [C1]
2009Davis CA, Bidwell JR, Hickman KR, 'Effects of hydrological regimes on competitive interactions of Schoenoplectus fluviatilis and two co-occurring wetland plants', Aquatic Botany, 91 267-272 (2009) [C1]
2009Ligon DB, Bidwell JR, Lovern MB, 'Incubation temperature effects on hatchling growth and metabolic rate in the African spurred tortoise, Geochelone sulcata', Canadian Journal of Zoology, 87 64-72 (2009) [C1]
2009Toetz DW, Bidwell JR, Payton ME, 'Temporal and spatial variation in stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen in Lake Carl Blackwell, Oklahoma', Journal of Freshwater Ecology, 24 461-467 (2009) [C1]
2009Cooper NL, Bidwell JR, Kumar AS, 'Toxicity of copper, lead, and zinc mixtures to Ceriodaphnia dubia and Daphnia carinata', Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 72 1523-1528 (2009) [C1]
2008Boeckman CJ, Bidwell JR, 'Status of freshwater native mussels (Unionidae) in the Oklahoma section of the Verdigris River after introduction of the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha Pallas, 1771)', American Malacological Bulletin, 25 1-8 (2008) [C1]
2008Davis CA, Bidwell JR, 'Response of aquatic invertebrates to vegetation management and agriculture', Wetlands: the journal of the Society of Wetland Scientists, 28 793-805 (2008) [C1]
2008Widder PD, Bidwell JR, 'Tadpole size, cholinesterase activity, and swim speed in four frog species after exposure to sub-lethal concentrations of chlorpyrifos', Aquatic Toxicology, 88 9-18 (2008) [C1]
2007Boeckman CJ, Bidwell JR, 'Spatial and Seasonal Variability in the Water Quality Characteristics of an Ephemeral Wetland', Oklahoma Academy of Science - Proceeding, 87 45-54 (2007) [C1]
2007Hartzell D, Bidwell JR, Davis CA, 'A comparison of natural and created depressional wetlands in Central Oklahoma using metrics from indices of biological integrity', Wetlands: the journal of the Society of Wetland Scientists, 27 794-805 (2007) [C1]
2007Wang NJ, Augspurger TP, Barnhart CM, Bidwell JR, Cope WG, Dwyer FJ, et al., 'Intra- and interlaboratory variability in acute toxicity tests with glochidia and juveniles of freshwater mussels (Unionidae)', Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 26 2029-2035 (2007) [C1]
2006Boeckman CJ, Bidwell JR, 'The effects of temperature, suspended solids, and organic carbon on copper toxicity to two aquatic invertebrates', Water Air and Soil Pollution: an international journal of environmental pollution, 171 185-202 (2006) [C1]
2006Cooper NL, Bidwell JR, 'Cholinesterase inhibition and impacts on behavior of the Asian clam, Corbicula fluminea, after exposure to an organophosphate insecticide', Aquatic Toxicology, 76 258-267 (2006) [C1]
2006Widder PD, Bidwell JR, 'Cholinesterase activity and behavior in chlorpyrifos-exposed Rana sphenocephala tadpoles', Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 25 2446-2454 (2006) [C1]
2006Ross K, Bidwell JR, 'Use of Multiple Endpoints to Evaluate Contaminant Input: A South Australian Case Study', Australasian Journal of Ecotoxicology, 12 49-56 (2006) [C1]
2006Bidwell JR, Gorrie JR, 'The influence of salinity on metal uptake and effects in the midge Chironomus maddeni', Environmental Pollution, 139 206-213 (2006) [C1]
2005Cherry DS, Scheller JL, Cooper NL, Bidwell JR, 'Potential Effects of Asian Clam (Corbicula fluminea) Die-offs on Native Freshwater Mussels (Unionidae) I: Water-Column Ammonia Levels and Ammonia Toxicity', Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 24 369-380 (2005) [C1]
2005Cooper NL, Bidwell JR, Cherry DS, 'Potential Effects of Asian Clam (Corbicula fluminea) Die-offs on Native Freshwater Mussels (Unionidae) II: Porewater Ammonia', Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 24 381-394 (2005) [C1]
1993Bidwell J, Heath A, 'An in situ study of rock bass, Ambloplites rupestris, physiology: effect of season and mercury contamination.', Hydrobiologia, 264 137-152 (1993) [C1]
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Review (1 outputs)

1998Cairns J, Niederlehner BR, Bidwell JR, 'Ecological Toxicity Testing', Wiley Encyclopedia of Environmental Science - Environmental Analysis and Remediation (1998) [D1]

Grants and Funding


Number of grants5
Total funding$60,260

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2013 (3 grants)

Investigating the health of waterholes and associated fauna at the base of Uluru$24,000
Funding Body: Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Project Team
Professor Joseph Bidwell
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Research ProjectChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Multi-bioindiocator indices in fish: a novel indicator of water quality in estuaries$9,071
Funding Body: Gosford City Council

Project Team
Associate Professor Natalie Moltschaniwskyj, Doctor Troy Gaston, Professor Joseph Bidwell
Ecological Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Epifaunal community composition and trophic structure in seagrass beds along a metal contamination gradient in Lake Macquarie$7,410
Funding Body: Lake Macquarie City Council

Project Team
Professor Joseph Bidwell, Doctor Troy Gaston, Associate Professor Natalie Moltschaniwskyj, Doctor Maria Schreider
Lake Macquarie Environmental Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2012 (2 grants)

Implications of life in the fast lane: Chemical contaminant effects on rapid-growing Sydney rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata)$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Professor Joseph Bidwell, Associate Professor Natalie Moltschaniwskyj
Strategic Small GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Water quality assessments and development of monitoring approaches for culturally significant waterholes in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park$9,779
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Joseph Bidwell, Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Doctor Craig Evans
Linkage Pilot Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.9

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20122016PhD (Environmental Sc)Principal SupervisorWater Holes, Microclimate and an Iconic Inselberg: Patterns of Herpetofaunal Biodiversity in Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park

Professor Joseph Bidwell

Work Phone(02) 4921 5853
Fax(02) 4921 8977
PositionCasual Academic
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaEnvironmental Science and Management
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Callaghan NSW 2308