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Dr Russ Babcock

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Dr Russ Babcock leads research exploring the natural and human forces that shape our amazing coastal ecosystems and sustain their integrity and value.

Dr Russ Babcock is a marine ecologist with CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. He has
broad interests including invertebrate reproduction and larval ecology, the effects of coastal
development, marine conservation and trophic cascade effects.

Dr Babcock leads research in CSIRO's Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship to better understand how
human activities influence coastal ecosystems, such as coral reefs and kelp forests These
research programs focus on issues such as:

Effectiveness of marine reserves as conservation tools and their use as tools for
understanding the effects of fishing and fisheries management in coral reef and temperate kelp forest ecosystems

Impacts of phenomena such as sedimentation on coastal, coral reef and seagrass

Application of new technologies such as Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and acoustic
tagging and tracking to provide new ecological insights for better management.

Before joining CSIRO in 2003, Dr Babcock taught marine ecology at the University of Auckland
after working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian Institute of Marine Science and James Cook University.

Other Interests

Hobbies: Surfing, fishing, Blues harmonica

Fields of Research

Academic Qualifications

  • 1980

    BSc Hons(1)
    James Cook University

  • 1986

    James Cook University

Professional Experiences

  • 2003-present

    Senior Principal Research Scientist

  • 1993-2003

    Associate Professor
    University of Auckland

  • 1990-1992

    Research Fellow

  • 1986-1989

    ARC Research Fellow
    James Cook University

Achievements and Awards

  • 1992

    Pol Eureka Prize for Environmental Research
    Australian Museum


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