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Meet the Biodiversity & Resources Team

Theme Leader
image Dr Alistair Hobday is a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. His research spans a range of topics, including spatial management and migration of large pelagic species, environmental influences on marine species, and the impacts of climate change on marine resources. He leads the Marine Climate Impacts area within the CSIRO Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship, and has been co-editor of two recent reports on the impacts of climate change on (i) fisheries and aquaculture, and (ii) Australian marine life. He is interested in developing methods to enhance human and biological adaptation as a partial solution to climate change.

Co-theme Leader
image A/Prof Stewart Frusher is the Research Program Leader for Estuaries and Coasts at the Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies. His current research interests focus on the need to incorporate the different research disciplines: physical and biological sciences, sociology (including Governance) and economics, with the end-users to address the global challenge of climate change impacts on marine resources. In particular, with the combined pressures of a rapidly expanding population and a changing climate, there is the need to provide individuals, communities, industries and governments with the appropriate science to enable future utilisation of the marine domain to meet the demands of food security and sustainable livelihoods – especially for coastal rural communities. Ensuring appropriate adaptation options to increase marine production within a framework that also conserves biodiversity and works towards mitigating carbon emissions is a major challenge and driver for my research.


Partner Organisers
image Dr John Keesing (Western Australian Marine Science Institution) has research interests centred around multidisciplinary approaches to whole-of-ecosystem research, Marine Ecology and Fisheries Science. 

imageDistinguished Professor Bob Pressey (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies) works on diverse issues relevant to conservation planning, ranging from theory and mathematical modelling to the social, economic and political aspects of implementing conservation action in the sea and on the ground.

image A/Prof Graham Edgar (University of Tasmania - Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute) has a variety of research interests including developing an understanding of natural variability of reef-associated species (both spatially and temporally) and the processes responsible for this variability.

image Associate Professor Corey Bradshaw is a population ecologist at the University of Adelaide and South Australian Research and Development Institute who specialises in applying mathematical models to large multi-species datasets to determine global-scale patterns of threat to biodiversity. His aim is to provide irrefutable evidence to influence government policy and private behaviour for the preservation of functioning ecosystems. The effects of a warming climate are already affecting Australia’s marine ecosystems, and so documenting and predicting these changes has become his priority.

Research Fellow
image Dr Gretta Pecl is a Fulbright Fellow and a Senior Research Fellow leading several projects within the Estuaries and Coasts Program at the Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies. Current research activity spans a range of topics including range extensions associated with climate change, evaluating adaptation options in socio-ecological systems, assessing physiological and population responses to climate change, and on using citizen science approaches for ecological monitoring (REDMAP). Gretta’s work as Research Fellow within the Network ties all these interests in to focus on adaptation to climate change in the marine biodiversity and resources sector.

PhD Student
image Emily Shaw (UNSW) is undertaking a PhD funded by the Network. Her research involves characterising carbonate chemistry within the Great Barrier Reef and determining the vulnerability of this region to ocean acidification. Ocean acidification is occurring as a result of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions and is a major threat to coral reefs and other marine ecosystems. Ocean acidification is already detectable, can only be controlled by a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and has long lasting effects. The Great Barrier Reef is of great socio-economic importance to Australia and this research will provide necessary information needed to adapt to ocean acidification.

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