Dr Alan Andersen

Chief Research Scientist

Biography

Prof Andersen is a Chief Research Scientist with the CSIRO Land & Water Flagship, and a Professorial Fellow at Charles Darwin University. He has been Officer-in-Charge of CSIRO's Tropical Ecosystems Research Centre in Darwin for 16 years. He leads CSIRO's Tropical Savannas research, which aims to provide the scientific basis for delivering environmental, social and economic benefits to northern Australia. His main research interest is the biogeography and global ecology of ant communities. He has also played a key leadership role with CSIRO's research on savannna burning, which addresses the biophysical, economic, policy and anthropological issues relating to savanna fire management for Greenhouse gas abatement, especially on Aboriginal lands. Dr Andersen has published six books and more than 180 scientific papers; his h-index is 35, and his work has been cited more than 4,000 times by other scientists. He received the 2000 Far East Economic Review Asian Innovation Award, and was an inaugural member of the NT Research and Innovation Board. In 2009 he was awarded the Charles Darwin Medal for Research and Innovation in the NT for his contributions to science and science leadership.

Achievements and Awards

  • Outstanding Team AwardCSIRO Ecosystem Sciences2013
  • Professorial FellowCharles Darwin Universityt2011
  • Charles Darwin Medal for Research and InnovationNT Government2009
  • Leadership AwardCSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems2006
  • Service AwardAustralian Entomological Society2006
  • Asian Innovation AwardFar Eastern Economic Review 2000
  • Distinguished Visiting EcologistColorado State University1999

Science and Professional Areas

  • Global ecology of ant communities
  • Invertebrate bio-indicators
  • Fire ecology and management
  • Ant-plant interactions

Academic Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons)Monash University1980
  • PhDUniversity of Melbourne1985

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • Writing Group, Australian Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan2014 - 2014
  • Dhimurru Indigenous Protected Area Advisory Group 2014 - ongoing
  • Australian Wildlife Conservancy Science Advisory Network 2014 - ongoing
  • Scientific Committee, 2014 ATBC conference2014 - 2014
  • Chair, Local Organising Committee, 2014 ESA conference2013 - 2014
  • Editorial Board, Hot Topics in Ecology2012 - ongoing
  • Editorial Board, Insectes Sociaux2011 - ongoing
  • Local Organising Committee, 2012 Oceania Conservation Biology Conference2011 - 2012
  • Territroy Wildlife Park Biodiversity Conservation Committee2011 - ongoing
  • Selection Committee, NT Young Tall Poppy Science Awards 2010 - 2010
  • NT Land and Sea Management Board 2010 - 2012
  • Selection Committee, NT Fulbright Programme 2010 - 2014
  • Chair, Christmas Island Crazy Ant Scientific Advisory Panel 2008 - ongoing
  • Associate Editor, Austral Ecology2007 - ongoing
  • Co-Chair, Tiwi Expert Biological Reference Group 2007 - 2010
  • Associate Editor, Diversity and Distributions2006 - ongoing
  • NT Research and Innovation Board 2004 - 2007
  • Chair, Christmas Island Crazy Ant Management Steering Committee 2002 - 2007
  • Scientific Advisory Panel, Queensland fire ant eradication programme 2001 - 2006
  • Management Group, Tropical Savannas Cooperative Research Center 1998 - 2005

External Publications Lists

Researcher ID F-8763-2010

Contact information

Phone:

  • +61 8 8944 8431
  • +61 8 8944 8400 (Alternative)
  • +61 8 8944 8444 (Fax)

Postal address:

PRIVATE BAG NO 44

WINNELLIE

NT

0821

AUSTRALIA