Dr Alistair Hobday

Senior Principal Research Scientist


Dr Alistair Hobday completed a BSc (Hons) in Biological Science at Stanford University, a PhD in Biological Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and held a National Research Council Postgraduate Fellowship at the Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory in Monterey, California.  His research spans a range of topics, including spatial management and migration of large pelagic species, environmental influences on marine species, the impacts of climate change on marine resources, and development and testing of adaptation options for marine conservation, fisheries, and aquaculture. He leads the Marine Climate Impact and Adaptation area at CSIRO. In addition to his climate research, Alistair has co-led the development of risk assessment methods for assessing the ecological sustainability of Australia’s fisheries. He is co-chair for the international IMBER program CLIOTOP (Climate Impacts on Top Ocean Predators).

Science and Professional Areas

  • Biological Oceanography
  • Climate impacts on living marine systems
  • Adaptation options for seafood and conservation
  • Ecological risk assessments for fisheries

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California1998
  • BSc (Hons) Stanford University, California1993

Contact information


  • +61 3 6232 5310