South East Australia - Team Profile

 Alistair Hobday

CSIRO

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Dr Alistair Hobday leads CSIRO’s Marine Climate Impacts and Adaptation research, is co-chair of the international CLIOTOP (Climate Impacts on Top Ocean Predators) program, and contributed to the IPCC 4th and 5th assessment Australasia chapters, covering fisheries, oceanic and coastal systems. Much of his current research focuses on 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.


 Éva Plagányi

CSIRO

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Dr Éva Plagányi is a senior research scientist at CSIRO and maintains an international reputation in stock assessment modelling, ecosystem modelling and management   strategy evaluation (MSE). She leads research on the assessment of the Torres   Strait tropical rock lobster, including consideration of biological, socio-cultural and economic factors; developing ecosystem assessment models;   and is interested in adaptive management under changing climate.


 Ingrid van Putten

CSIRO

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Dr Ingrid van Putten is a researcher with the CSIRO in Hobart, Australia. Her research focuses on the social and economic behaviour modelling of interaction with the biophysical marine environment and understanding coupled social-ecological systems. Because complexity in the bio-physical   sphere is mirrored in social and economic systems, she focuses on the tools   that effectively model social and economic data and aims to find the optimum level of complexity for human behaviour models. Ingrid has used network   analysis to model lease quota trade systems and Bayesian models to investigate non-economic drivers in indigenous fisheries. She has also   applied qualitative models to investigate the drivers of participation in   marine sectors in the context of climate change. Some of her work is centred around investigating coastal community adaptation to observed changes in the marine   environment, including the effects on supply chains for different marine products. Further, she is involved in a project in the Great Barrier Reef   area aimed at investigating how to best set regional objectives for marine and coastal resources.


 Beth Fulton

CSIRO

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Beth Fulton is a Principal Research Scientist with the CSIRO where she is the head of ecosystem modelling. She has a BSc Hons I, majoring in Marine Biology and   Mathematics, from James Cook University, Townsville (1997) and a Ph.D. on ecosystem   model complexity from the University of Tasmania (2001). Beth's career has   centred on marine ecosystems and their use. She has developed many modelling tools for exploring the sustainable multiple use management of complex coastal socioecological systems. The best known is the Atlantis modelling   framework, which has been applied in more than 20 marine ecosystems around   the world to provide advice on managing potentially competing uses of marine environments, indicators and monitoring, and adaptation to global change.


 Leo Dutra

CSIRO

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Dr Leo Dutra's research field is human   ecology where he uses his experience on marine sciences and natural resources   management to link human needs to ecological systems. Leo has a background in benthic/coral reef ecology and sedimentology and since 2004 he gained extensive experience in natural resources management, decision-making processes, and ecosystem modelling. Leo's research outputs have been supporting natural resource management organisations and coastal communities to make balanced social, economic and ecological decisions. His current research involves the understanding of (i) social and governance methods to support decision-making processes and management of coastal and marine resources; (ii) ecological processes and thresholds on coastal ecosystems, and (iii) traditional resource-use practices to build and maintain adaptive capacity.


 Rodrigo Bustamante

CSIRO

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Dr Rodrigo Bustamante is a senior research scientist with the CSIRO in Brisbane, Australia. Rodrigo has more than 25 years of experience as an experimental marine ecologist that has conducted ecological sciences and evidence-based coastal-marine research in Chile, Southern Africa, the Galapagos Islands, and for the past 13 years, in Australia. He works at the interface of coastal-marine ecosystem conservation and the natural resource management that supports the development of science-based environmental policies. His current research includes implementation of spatial-explicit forms of ecosystem-based management applied to multiple-uses, with fisheries in particular, in coastal-marine systems. Rodrigo also works on the interdisciplinary research needed to assess and incorporate likely impacts on marine and coastal biodiversity and   its effects on human values, services and assets. His focus now is on developing decision-support and model-based systems that evaluate the likely options and trade-offs of adaptations and mitigations responses to climate change affecting the oceans and coasts.


 Marcus Haward

IMAS

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Professor Marcus Haward is a political scientist specialising in oceans governance and   marine resources management in the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) at the University of Tasmania, Hobart. Marcus has been a member of Australian delegations to CCAMLR, the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting and the APEC fisheries Working Group. He is currently working on governance related to the implementation of the ecosystems approach to fisheries management; knowledge systems in coastal management; and marine biodiversity governance in a changing climate.


 Gretta Pecl

IMAS

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Dr Gretta Pecl is a Fulbright Fellow currently based at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in Tasmania, Australia. Her recent research activity spans a range of topics including assessment of range shifts, population and fishery responses to climate change, development and evaluation of adaptation options, and on using citizen science approaches for ecological monitoring and engagement (e.g. www.REDMAP.org.au). She has also just taken over the role of Editor in Chief of Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, and was until recently a research fellow for the Australian Marine Adaptation Network.


 Stewart Frusher

IMAS

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Associate Professor Stewart Frusher leads the Climate Change Theme at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania. He has expertise in leading inter-disciplinary projects include the recently completed Australian Department of Climate Change’s National Coastal Vulnerability case study (http://www.climatechange.gov.au/publications/coastline/east-coast-rock-lobster.aspx). He has over 20 years experience in fisheries science and over 50 international publications. He will provide expertise in marine fisheries.


 Sarah Jennings

UTAS

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Dr Sarah Jennings is Head of the School of Economics and Finance at the University of Tasmania. Dr Jennings leads the Australian Government’s project on Building Economic Capability to Improve the Management of Marine Resources in Australia. Dr Jennings will provide expertise on the development of economic metrics for climate change. Dr Jennings is a member of the Markets node of   the National Climate Adaptation Network for Marine Biodiversity and Resources.


 Linda Thomas

CSIRO

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Linda Thomas is a Research Projects Officer with the CSIRO in Hobart, Australia. She has been involved with a number of collaborative projects such as NWSJEMS and MSE for the Ningaloo Region. She is currently providing data services for the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) project, Ocean Futures Project and the Multiple Use Management models of the   Great Barrier Reef and Gladstone Harbours.