Dr Denise Hardesty

Senior Research Scientist


Dr. Hardesty is a research scientist with CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship. For the past several years she has been leading a portfolio of marine debris projects which has resulted in global recognition of Australia’s role in cutting-edge marine debris work of high value and impact. In the last few years she has been providing expert opinion on marine debris related matters to the federal government, to non-government organizations, to industry stakeholders and NGOs within Australia and internationally, and to other stakeholders focused on marine debris impacts at a multitude of spatiotemporal scales. She has also been a key player engaging in national and international workshops with government, industry, fisheries and other stakeholders aiming to reduce the transboundary ghostnet issue. Also during her 8+ years at CSIRO, Denise has been internationally recognized as a leader in movement ecology, participating in international fora and sharing innovations on applying biogeochemical and genetic markers to understand movement in complex systems, which developed from an extension of her molecular ecology research. She has a diverse background in ecology and has worked around the world from the tropics of Africa, Asia and South America to Midway Atoll, the deserts of Mexico and the chilly wilds of the Antarctic.

Science and Professional Areas

  • Risk analysis
  • Threatened Species
  • Movement Ecology
  • Molecular Ecology

Fields of Research

  • Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics (060411)
  • Population Ecology (060207)
  • Vertebrate Biology (060809)
  • Invasive Species Ecology (050103)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (050204)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD 2005
  • MSc1999
  • MS Biology 1999

External Publications Lists

Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ZRca2GcAAAAJ&hl=en

Contact information


  • +61 3 6232 5276
  • +61 408 748 224 (Mobile)

Postal address:

GPO BOX 1538