CMS Director Prof Gretta Pecl contributed in the Forward section of this recently released report led by Prof Nathalie Pettorelli.

Find report here

Cover image by Jack Haslam

Another CMS member recognised as a Tasmania’s 2021 STEM leader. Dr Cayne Layton was one the winners of the 2021 Tasmanian STEM Excellence Awards, and received the Tasmanian Young STEM Researcher of the Year award. Huge congratulation Cayne!!

Cayne Layton - 2021 Tasmanian STEM Excellence Awards
Photo credit: Gutwein Team Media, Tasmanian Government

Huge congratulations to Dr Kirsty Nash who has been awarded a L’Oréal-UNESCO Australia & NZ For Women In Science fellowship!!


Please read media release here

Prof Gretta Pecl and Mibu Fischer were interviewed in this 3CR Radio episode about climate change and the Indigenous perspectives piece on the future of the ocean as part of the Future Seas project.

Find episode here.

Prof Pecl has joined the editorial board of this new solutions focused journal npj Ocean Sustainability.

Presentation by Prof Gretta Pecl at the AMSA conference 2021 about the Future Seas project.

Andrew Constable and Jess Melbourne-Thomas are co-convenors of the Marine Ecosystem Assessment for the Southern Ocean (MEASO) program under the auspices of the IMBeR program Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Southern Ocean.  They presented as part of an event on “Antarctic marine ecosystems under pressure: protection needs action locally and globally” organised by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) at the UNFCCC COP26 and supported by the Southern Ocean Observing System.  

This presentation was supported by:

Further results of MEASO can be found in a Frontiers research topic at

Today, to mark the start of COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow, University of Tasmania climate researchers are launching an unprecedented online resource on climate change for young people in Tasmania.

As part of the Curious Climate Schools project, one thousand school students worked with their classes to come up with their top 273 questions about climate change. The Curious Climate Schools team harnessed the collective knowledge of 57 experts to answer them.

Experts including climate scientists, climate communicators, conservation biologists, fire scientists, chemists, lawyers, engineers, psychologists, oceanographers, Indigenous knowledge specialists and health scientists answered these wide-ranging questions. Curious Climate Schools draws on the huge depth of climate change knowledge at the University of Tasmania, with help from experts at CSIRO, University of Adelaide, Massey University, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The Curious Climate Schools website answers questions from school students across Tasmania, and also provides resources on what's being done about climate change at a global level, how to handle feelings about climate change, and what we can do to be part of the solution. As well as the website, experts are heading out to visit schools around Tasmania over the next two weeks to talk about climate change.

Curious Climate team was lead by CMS researcher Chloe Lucas. CMS director Gretta Pecl and CMS member Rachel Kelly were also part of the team.

CMS members and students who are part of the experts are Vanessa Adams, Asta Audzijonyte, Scott Bennett, Scott Condie, Andrew Constable, Stuart Condie, Aysha Fleming, Maree Fudge, Beth Fulton, Dean Greeno, Alistair Hobday, Malcolm Johnson, Mary Mackay, Phillipa McCormack, Jan McDonald, Jess Melbourne-Thomas, Linda Murray, Emily Ogier, and Jonny Stark.

Curious Climate Schools is funded by the Tasmanian Climate Change Office, the Centre for Marine Socioecology and the University of Tasmania’s College of Science and Engineering.

For more information:

Dr Chloe Lucas
Dr Gabi Mocatta

Find media release here.

CMS contributors included Dean Greeno, Jan McDonald, Phillipa McCormack and Gretta Pecl.

The paper outlines an ambitious vision for a ‘climate-positive’ Tasmania and policy options designed to establish the state as a global exemplar of effective and ambitious climate action.

Please find more information and download the paper here

We are very excited that our CMS Director, Prof Gretta Pecl has been nominated as a finalist for the 2022 Tasmanian Australian of the Year Award for her pioneering work establishing the Redmap program. The awards will be announced in Hobart on 29th October. We wish you all the best Gretta!

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