Gretta Pecl is a Professor of marine ecology at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), and the Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology (CMS). Gretta is also the lead of the Future Seas project.
She is a marine 'generalist' with broad interdisciplinary research interests, building on a background in population dynamics, fisheries biology, and movement and migration of commercial species. She currently focusses on species and ecosystem responses to climate change, and the development of adaptation options for natural resource management. She has a specific interest in exploring the mechanisms and processes underpinning climate-driven species redistribution, and the ecosystem implications of these, including co-convening the 2016 & 2019 'Species on the Move' conferences.
One of the approaches she uses to examine climate-driven changes in species distribution includes citizen science; she developed and leads the National citizen science project Redmap Australia, the Range Extension Database and mapping project, which invites fishers and divers around our coastline to help monitor changes in Australian seas.
Gretta has a strong passion for science communication and engagement with the public. She is also a Lead Author for the IPCC AR6 report, an Australian Research Council 'Future Fellow' and an associate editor for Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, Ecography, Frontiers Ocean Solutions and Citizen Science Theory & Practice. Gretta is also on the Australian Society of Fish Biology Hall of Fame.