CMS Director Prof Gretta Pecl was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture, by the University of Victoria in Canada, to highlight and honour outstanding research achievements by women scholars. Gretta presented the lecture "Climate-driven re-distribution in marine coastal systems".

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This major global report aims to accelerate climate change adaptation implementation in fisheries management throughout the world, providing information to underpin strengthening the resilience of fisheries, reducing their vulnerability to climate change, and enabling managers to respond in a timely manner to the projected changes in the dynamics of marine resources and ecosystems. Dr Beth Fulton, CMS Deputy Director, contributed to a set of ‘good practices’ for climate-adaptive fisheries management that have proven their effectiveness and can be adapted to different contexts, providing a range of options for stakeholders including the fishing industry, fishery managers, policymakers and others involved in decision-making. CMS PhD student Hannah Fogarty and CMS Director Prof Gretta Pecl authored one of the 13 case studies, chapter 15 ‘Lessons and recommendations for the climate adaptation of key Tasmanian fisheries’, which focuses on wild-caught Rock Lobster and Abalone fisheries in Tasmania.

Find the full report here.

Huge congratulations to Dr Larelle Bossi and Dr Maree Fudge, who graduated in December 2020.

Larelle's PhD research topic was "A First Cast at a Philosophy of Fishing". Maree's PhD research topic was "Institutional development for the Channel Region South Eastern Tasmania".

CMS Director Prof Gretta Pecl was an invited speaker at the UN Ocean Decade/ Youth Summit 2020.

The summit was attended by over 200 youth ages 13-25 from over 50 countries.

Rachel Kelly  Top Researcher Social Sciences

Dr Rachel Kelly was recognised as one of Australia’s top 5 early achievers in Social Science research in the The Australian Early Achievers Leaderboard Rising Stars. The Early Achievers Leaderboard lists the five top researchers from Australian universities and research institutions in each of the eight major discipline areas, who are less than 10 years into their career.

Dr Alistair Hobday was recognised in the The Australian Life Sciences & Earth Sciences Australia's research leaders in the field of Marine Sciences and Fisheries. Australia's research field leaders in 30 fields of Life Sciences & Earth Sciences are the researchers with the highest number of citations from papers published in the last five years in the 20 top journals in their field.

Dr Alistair Hobday - Research Director - CSIRO

Huge congratulations to Rachel and Alistair for this big achievement!!!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, many students and researchers have been unable to present their work at traditional scientific conferences planned throughout the year. A Twitter conference provides a worthy alternative, allowing researchers to present their work and to develop new collaborations without leaving the comfort of their homes. It is also a cost-effective and sustainable replacement with no carbon emissions from travel. Therefore, to provide an opportunity to CMS undergraduates, graduates and ECR’s we are pleased to invite you to join our first CMS Twitter conference, Interdisciplinary Science to Underpin A Sustainable Anthropocene (#BuildANewAnthropocene).

We encourage anyone who is interested in interdisciplinary science to participate as a spectator and to engage with presenters on Twitter. We encourage submissions from all CMS affiliated researchers, however, please note we will prioritise presentations to be given by CMS students and ECR’s.

The conference will take place on the 20th May, 2020 at 9:30am (Australian AEST)

Submissions have now closed. If you are interested in participating in the conference (#BuildANewAnthropocene) as spectator or presenter follow the instructions below.  

If you have technical issues using the twitter platform or require help with any of the steps below please contact us

Download the conference schedule here



Information for non-presenting participants

If don’t wish to give a present but wish to participate as a spectator only. Please search the conference hashtag #BuildANewAnthropocene and you will be shown all the related posts and presentations. If asking a question, please direct the tweet with the question to the specific presenter(s) by using their handle(s) (@name) followed by the conference hashtag #BuildANewAnthropocene. You can ask questions during the designated question time (10 minutes) or after the conference.

Information for presenting participants

Send the following information to by the 8th of May, 5:00pm

  1. Name
  2. Time zone (if not currently in Eastern Australia)
  3. Twitter account name
  4. Title (max 30 words)
  5. Summary of the talk (1-2 sentences)

If selected, our team will send notifications and presentation times to speakers by the 14th of May.

If you don’t have a twitter account, you will need to set-up one. It is very straightforward. See the links below on ‘how to’:

In order to prepareyour presentation, please read the instructions below carefully-  


You need to search our hashtag #BuildANewAnthropocene to see all the posts related to the conference. Using dashboards services such as Tweetdeck or Hootsuite can help you a lot.Both dashboards help you to follow the conference related tweets, to check your notifications at the same time and allows you to schedule your tweets.

We encourage all participants to ask questions to presenters. When asking questions, please direct the tweet with the question to the specific presenter(s) by using their handle(s) (@name) followed by the conference hashtag #BuildANewAnthropocene. You can ask questions during the designated question time (10 minutes) or after the conference.

CMS has recently launched its 2020 Summer School to be held in February 3rd-7th in Hobart, Australia

Information including course description, student eligibility and course presenters can be found here (


Over the next two weeks Tasmanians can have their most pressing climate change questions answered through a new collaborative science and journalism initiative called Curious Climate Tasmania.

Launched today, the project is led by the University’s Centre for Marine Socioecology (CMS) in collaboration with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), ABC Hobart and CSIRO.

Curious Climate Tasmania will develop engaging, public-powered science communication, bridging the gap between experts and audiences on a controversial topic with credible and relevant information.

Through the two-week Curious Climate callout from May 27 to June 10, Tasmanian residents can go online to ask scientists and researchers everything they would like to know about climate change.

All questions are welcome, big or small. The project has been designed by IMAS Professor and CMS Director Professor Gretta Pecl and the ABC’s Dr Jocelyn Nettlefold.

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The movement of species such as the Long-spined sea urchin are just one change associated with climate change. Photo: John Keane – IMAS

“You might be interested in what is happening with climate change locally or globally, how quickly things are predicted to change and where the impacts will be felt the most, or how it will affect your own health or income,” Professor Pecl said.

“Or maybe you’re interested in how we can adapt to climate change in the agriculture or fisheries sectors, or how our cities will be affected by the many potential consequences of climate change” Professor Pecl said.

Tasmanians’ questions will help inform content across local ABC platforms in July, and the initiative will culminate in a series of National Science Week events held across four regions in Tasmania, hosted by ABC Radio Tasmania.

Our team of scientists and researchers will present their answers to the most popular climate science questions at these free public events in Hobart, St Helens, Queenstown and Launceston.

Curious Climate Tasmania can now be accessed online, with the public encouraged to submit their questions at

The Centre for Marine Socioecology had its annual showcase on the 29th of May at the Hobart Conference and Function Centre.

Several presentations were held during the day. Some of the presentations can be seen here:

Dr Maree Fudge, "Legitimacy of participation in marine governance and decision-making"

Dr Yannick Rousseau, "Interactions of artisanal fishing with humans & environment"

Bianca Hass, "Regional Fisheries Management Organizations: developing best practice"

Dr Karen Alexander, "Conflict over marine & coastal commons"

Dr Alistair Hobday, "Implementing & evaluating Integrated Marine Management"

Dr Kirsty Nash, "Oceans and society: feedbacks between human and ocean health"

Dr Cayne Layton, "Safeguarding marine life: conservation of biodiversity & ecosystems"

Dr Anna Farmery, "Food for all: sustainable & secure future seafood systems"

Dr Camilla Novaglio, "Building a sustainable blue economy for the future"

Prof Gretta Pecl, "What could or should our oceans look like by 2030?"

Recent published paper on “Food production shocks across land and sea” by PhD student Rich Cottrell and CMS researchers in Nature Sustainability, was highlighted in an UTAS News article.

Fig 1 in Cottrell et al. 2019, ‘Food production shocks across land and sea’, Nature Sustainability,

To read whole article please go to the following link:

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