Professor Greg Smith

Dr Beth Fulton


Deputy Director - CMS. Research Group Leader
twitter linkwebsite linkemail link


Beth Fulton is a Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO and has been with CMS from the start. She has a background in mathematics and ecology and has spent more than 2 decades developing various system modelling tools for looking at marine ecosystems and sustainability.

The common theme to Beth’s work has been on developing system-scale decision support tools to help advance sustainable management of potentially competing uses of marine environments. Beth is also really interested in supporting adaptation to global change.

Her interest in the oceans is reflected in this short animation.

Beth has more than 170 peer reviewed publications, has contributed to IPCC and IPBES reports; and is a highly cited researcher in her field. Beth’s contribution to marine resource management and science have been recognised with numerous awards, including the Beverton Medal (2020) and Kay Radway Allen award (2019) for lifelong and outstanding contributions to fisheries science; biennial medal of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (2017); Ecological Society of America Sustainability Science Award (2011); a Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship (2010-2014); and the 2007 Australian Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year.

Selected publications:

  • Fulton, EA 2021, ‘Opportunities to improve ecosystem-based fisheries management by recognizing and overcoming path dependency and cognitive bias’, Fish and Fisheries, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 428–448, accessed from
  • Hobday, AJ, Boschetti, F, Moeseneder, C, Stephenson, RL, Bessey, C, Bulman, CM, Contardo, S, Cvitanovic, C, Dambacher, JM, Dutra, LXC, Fulton, EA, Lenton, A, Little, LR, Mapstone, B, McDonald, KS, Plagányi, EE, Pethybridge, H, Rothlisberg, P, Strzelecki, J, Thompson, PA & van Putten, I 2020, ‘Quantitative Foresighting as a Means of Improving Anticipatory Scientific Capacity and Strategic Planning’, One Earth, vol. 3, no. 5, pp. 631–644, accessed from <>.
  • Pethybridge, HR, Fulton, EA, Hobday, AJ, Blanchard, J, Bulman, CM, Butler, IR, Cheung, WWL, Dutra, LXC, Gorton, R, Hutton, T, Matear, R, Lozano-Montes, H, Plagányi, EE, Villanueva, C & Zhang, X 2020, ‘Contrasting Futures for Australia’s Fisheries Stocks Under IPCC RCP8. 5 Emissions – A Multi-Ecosystem Model Approach’, Frontiers in Marine Science, vol. 7, no. October, p. 577964, accessed from <>.
  • Geary, WL, Bode, M, Doherty, TS, Fulton, EA, Nimmo, DG, Tulloch, AIT, Tulloch, VJD & Ritchie, EG 2020, ‘A guide to ecosystem models and their environmental applications’, Nature Ecology and Evolution, vol. 4, no. 11, pp. 1459–1471, accessed from <>.
  • Norström, A.V., Cvitanovic, C., Löf, M.F., West, S., Wyborn, C., Balvanera, P., Bednarek, A.T., Bennett, E.M., Biggs, R., de Bremond, A., Campbell, B.M., Canadell, J.G., Carpenter, S.R., Folke, C., Fulton, E.A., Gaffney, O., Gelcich, S., Jouffray, J.-B., H 2020, ‘Principles for knowledge co-production in sustainability research’, Nature Sustainability, vol. 3, pp. 182–190, accessed from <>.
  • Bammer, G, O’Rourke, M, O’Connell, D, Neuhauser, L, Midgley, G, Klein, JT, Grigg, NJ, Gadlin, H, Elsum, IR, Bursztyn, M, Fulton, EA, Pohl, C, Smithson, M, Vilsmaier, U, Bergmann, M, Jaeger, J, Merkx, F, Vienni Baptista, B, Burgman, MA, Walker, DH, Young, J, Bradbury, H, Crawford, L, Haryanto, B, Pachanee, C aim, Polk, M & Richardson, GP 2020, ‘Expertise in research integration and implementation for tackling complex problems: when is it needed, where can it be found and how can it be strengthened?’, Palgrave Communications, vol. 6, no. 1, accessed from <>.
  • Fulton, EA, Blanchard, JL, Melbourne-Thomas, J, Plagányi, ÉE & Tulloch, VJD 2019, ‘Where the Ecological Gaps Remain, a Modelers’ Perspective’, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 7, no. November, pp. 1–22, accessed from <>.
  • Nash, KL, Blythe, JL, Cvitanovic, C, Fulton, EA, Halpern, BS, Milner-Gulland, EJ, Addison, PFE, Pecl, GT, Watson, RA & Blanchard, JL 2020, ‘To Achieve a Sustainable Blue Future, Progress Assessments Must Include Interdependencies between the Sustainable Development Goals’, One Earth, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 161–173, accessed from <>.
  • Fulton, EA, Punt, AE, Dichmont, CM, Harvey, CJ & Gorton, R 2018, ‘Ecosystems say good management pays off’, Fish and Fisheries, no. August, pp. 1–31, accessed from <>.
  • Blanchard, JL, Watson, RA, Fulton, EA, Cottrell, RS, Nash, KL, Bryndum-Buchholz, A, Büchner, M, Carozza, DA, L Cheung, WW, Elliott, J, K Davidson, LN, Dulvy, NK, Dunne, JP, Eddy, TD, Galbraith, E, Lotze, HK, Maury, O, Müller, C, Tittensor, DP & Jennings, S 2017, ‘Linked sustainability challenges and trade-offs among fisheries, aquaculture and agriculture’, Nature Ecology & Evolution, accessed from <>.
  • Fulton, EA, Boschetti, F, Sporcic, M, Jones, T, Little, LR, Dambacher, JM, Gray, R, Scott, R & Gorton, R 2015, ‘A multi-model approach to engaging stakeholder and modellers in complex environmental problems’, Environmental Science & Policy, vol. 48, pp. 44–56, accessed from <>.



University of TasmaniaInstitute of Marine and Antarctic StudiesCSIRO Department of the Environment
© copyright Centre for Marine Socioecology 2021
About this site