Steering committee

Professor Stewart Frusher
Research areas: Impacts and adaptation to marine climate change, anthropogenic impacts on marine systems, trans-disciplinary approaches to link biophysical and human systems for sustainable and optimal utilisation of marine resources and biodiversity, food security and innovative marine production systems.
Dr Beth Fulton
Senior Principal Research Scientist and Team Leader-Marine ecosystems modelling, CSIRO.
Research areas: Development of whole of system socioecological models for marine and coastal systems, with the best known being the Atlantis modelling framework. Understanding complex adaptive systems and applying systems based thinking to sustainable multiple use management of complex coastal socioecological systems.
Dr David Smith
Research Director, Marine Resources and Industries Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship, CSIRO
Research areas: Providing research that supports the balanced use of marine resources, including sustainable marine industries (fisheries, offshore oil and gas) and biodiversity conservation. Provision of science advice for resource management through the interplay of science and policy.

CMS members

Associate Professor Julia Blanchard
Ecology and Fisheries, IMAS, University of Tasmania
Research areas: Factors influencing the resilience of fish populations, marine communities and ecosystems (from shelf seas to deep seas), Effects of climate change on marine ecosystems and global fisheries (historical data analyses and modelling future scenarios), Development of robust methods to support an ecosystem-based management (ecological models and indicators)
Professor Richard Coleman
Deputy Director - IMAS
Current research activities are in ice shelf dynamics, fracturing/calving processes, ice shelf-ocean interaction; global sea level from satellite altimetry, tide gauges and GPS.My main research activities are linked to the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre research programs.
Dr Jeffrey Dambacher
Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO
Qualitative modelling of complex biological and social systems. Using qualitative modelling to identify robust indicators for Australia's marine bioregions. Theoretical role of positive feedback in long-term recovery dynamics of perturbed ecosystems, with applications to identifying alternative persistent states in natural and human systems such as coral and rocky reefs, and Eucalypt forest and fire dynamics.
Dr Julie Davidson
Adjunct Senior Researcher, Geography & Environmental Studies, UTas
Dr Julie Davidson is a social scientist with interests in environmental planning and management. Her main area of research is environmental governance, particularly governance of natural resources and marine systems. She is interested in the resilience of coupled social-ecological systems in the face of heightened global change. She has also investigated the adequacy of marine biodiversity governance arrangements in the face of climate-induced changes in Australia's marine environment.
Dr Aysha Fleming
Social scientist, Adaptive Social and Economic Systems program, CSIRO
Research areas: Application of educational theories to climate change in agriculture, fisheries and health, particularly theories of extension, decision making, and science and environmental communication. She is particularly interested in language and engaging communities with learning and change and specializes in qualitative research methodologies, including thematic coding and discourse analysis of interviews.
Professor Marcus Haward
Political scientist, Cross-disciplinary Theme Leader - Ocean & Antarctic Governance, IMAS, UTas
Professor Marcus Haward is a political scientist specialising in oceans and Antarctic governance and marine resources management. He is currently working on knowledge systems in coastal management, marine biodiversity conservation in a changing climate and Australia's regional fisheries interests.
Dr Alistair Hobday
Team Leader – Marine climate impacts and adaptation research, CSIRO; Co-Chair of the Climate Impacts on Top Ocean Predators (CLIOTOP) program.
Research areas: Investigating the impacts of climate change on marine biodiversity and resources, and developing, prioritising and testing adaptation options to underpin sustainable use and conservation into the future.
Associate Professor Neil Holbrook
Associate Professor of Climatology and Climate Change Deputy Head, Oceans and Cryosphere, IMAS, UTAS President of the International Commission on Climate of IAMAS/IUGG; Fellow of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS)
Research areas: Understanding the ocean’s role in climate, ocean and climate dynamics, climate variability, extremes and climate change, social-ecological systems.
Dr Sarah Jennings
Natural resource economist, adjunct professor UTas
A natural resource economist, with extensive research, teaching, and leadership experience in the university sector, Sarah is recognized for her sound economic thinking and analysis informing natural resource and environmental management, and more broadly areas of social policy; and for working in interdisciplinary teams to address complex system-level problems such as climate change. Sarah has a strong ongoing commitment to working in areas that capitalize on her experience to contribute to sustainable and equitable economic, social and ecological outcomes at all scales.
Dr Rich Little
Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO
Research areas: Modelling population dynamics, economics, and management decision-making in natural resource and marine environmental science. This includes development of computer-based decision support tools (e.g. ELFSim), modelling tradeable permit markets for fisheries quota, artificial intelligence mechanisms (Bayesian Belief Networks) for simulating fishing behaviour, and the economics of marine protected areas. Exploring the use of computer-based biophysical process-models for understanding financial risk management.
Professor Jan McDonald
Associate Dean (Research), President of the National Environmental Law Association, Faculty of Law, UTas
Professor of environmental law, Jan McDonald, is exploring the role that law can play in helping us to adapt to the impacts of climate change, including urban planning and coastal management, liability and insurance issues, and the application of resilience thinking to law. Professor McDonald is President of the National Environmental Law Association and was a Contributing Author to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report.
Associate Professor Catriona Macleod
Deputy Head-Fisheries and Aquaculture Centre, IMAS, University of Tasmania
Research areas: Evaluation of system-wide impacts in the marine environment, including the ecological and functional effects of a range of contaminants, improving our understanding and management of environmental interactions with aquaculture operations, ecosystem remediation, and defining the relationships between environmental condition and stakeholder/ community values.
Dr Jeffrey McGee
Senior Lecturer in Climate Change/marine/Antarctic Law, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania
Dr Jeff McGee is focused on strategies that can help us respond to climate change. He is an expert in global environmental law and governance. Dr McGee analyses the strategies and structures of global and regional institutions that seek to solve problems like climate change and the international laws that affect them. He provides critical analysis and commentary on the development and policy of institutions such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), and the legal frameworks that bind them.
Dr Emily Ogier
Program Manager – Fisheries Research and Development Corporation’s Social sciences and Economics Research Coordination Program, IMAS, UTas
Social and governance elements of marine systems.
Dr Sean Pascoe
CSIRO, Marine Resource Economics Team Leader
Sean Pascoe is a marine resource economist with nearly 30 years of experience in the economic analysis of fisheries. Dr Pascoe has worked on capacity and efficiency analysis in fisheries, assessment of maximum economic yield in fisheries, spatial management (including modelling fisher location choice), as well as multicriteria decision analysis and elicitation of social, economic and environmental objectives of management. More recently he has worked in the area of the economics of marine biodiversity conservation, including the assessment of offsets and economic valuation of the impacts of coral bleaching.
Professor Gretta Pecl
Deputy Associate Dean of Research Australian Research Council Future Fellow, IMAS. Co-convenor of the Global Marine Hotspots Network. Chair, Redmap Australia.
Research areas: Assessment of species, population and fishery responses to environmental change, Interdisciplinary approaches to developing and evaluating adaptation options in marine systems, and Using citizen science approaches for ecological monitoring and engagement (e.g.
Dr Eva Plaganyi-Lloyd
Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO
Research areas: Stock assessment and ecosystem modelling including management strategy evaluation (MSE). Development of Models of Intermediate Complexity for Ecosystem assessments (MICE) and integrating with Social-ecological frameworks.
Professor Keith Sainsbury
Director, SainsSolutions Pty Ltd, Vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Marine Stewardship Council, Commissioner with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority
Research areas: Research areas: Governance, management and numerical modelling of human uses of marine population and ecosystems. Ecosystem-based management and triple-bottom-line reporting. Quantitative evaluation of management strategies for sustainable use of marine resources and coasts, including adaptive feed-back strategies. Effective linkage of science with conservation and sustainable use of marine ecosystems through government, non-government and market-based mechanisms.
Dr Tony Smith
Chief Research Scientist, Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship, CSIRO.
Research areas: Adaptive management, management strategy evaluation, and ecosystem based fisheries management. He is interested in how to model socio-ecological systems as simply as possible, and how to incorporate institutional dynamics in such models.
Dr Dugald Tinch
Lecturer in resource economics - Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania
Research Areas: Environmental and resource economics, ecosystem functions and services, stated and revealed preference environmental valuation, energy economics, ecological economics, ecological modelling, the economics of climate change and natural resource management.
Dr Ingrid van Putten
Marine economist, CSIRO
Research areas: Development, implementation and application of quantitative models of human behaviour in the context of ecosystems models for the marine environment and climate change, understanding how social drivers of behaviour can be integrated into marine ecosystem models and how to best use and analyse spatial social and economic information to understand the impact of human behaviour on the marine system.
Dr Joanna Vince
Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Politics and International Relations Program, UTas
Research Areas: International and domestic ocean governance including Australian oceans policy, comparative oceans governance, coastal zone management, and marine protected areas.
Professor Reg Watson
IMAS, University of Tasmania
Research areas: Analysis of global fisheries catch and effort, and their interactions with marine ecosystems. Understanding the flow and providence of global seafoods and estimating the potential of fisheries. Assessment of the health of exploited marine systems, the impacts of climate change, and the social consequences of mismanagement.
Dr Dirk Welsford
Section Leader, Fisheries Ecology and Management, Antarctic Conservation and Management Program, Australian Antarctic Division
Research areas: Life history plasticity in marine fishes, Quality control systems for data collected on fishing vessels, Use of novel technologies to visualise the behaviour and impact of fishing gear on benthic habitats, Use and abuse of science and logic in developing resource management strategies, Influence of interpersonal dynamics on decision making in conservation and fisheries management
Satoshi Yamazaki
Senior Lecturer, Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Dr Yamazaki's research interests include: ocean fisheries and their management, the development of coastal communities in Asia and Pacific regions, bioeconomic modelling and applications of econometric methods to environmental issues.
Professor Libby Lester
Professor, Journalism, Media and Communications. Depute Head, School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania
Professor Libby Lester's current research areas are public debate over land use and environmental risks; transnational trade and environmental protest; media and environmental politics; social licence and environmental conflict

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