Dr Chris Wilcox

Senior Research Scientist


Chris Wilcox is a research scientist with CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, stationed in Hobart, Tasmania. His research covers a wide range of topics in population management including control of invasive species, conservation of threatened biodiversity, and management of commercial and recreational harvesting. His work integrates field data, statistical analysis and predictive models to synthesize information to support decision-making.

He has worked with NGOs, government and private enterprise over a 23-year career as a professional biologist to develop cost effective solutions to natural resource management problems. Originally from the USA, he has a Masters degree and a Ph.D. in ecology and conservation biology.

Chris has been in Australia for 10 years, first working in the Great Artesian Basin on effects of groundwater withdrawal for mining on wetland ecosystems. Since coming to CSIRO in 2005, his research has included biodiversity offsets, population estimation, analysis of satellite tracking data, optimization of invasive species eradication, management of fisheries, reserve design and management, and most recently understanding the impacts of marine debris.

His research is currently focused in two primary areas: a) evaluation of sources, impacts and solutions for plastic pollution in the ocean; and b) development of improved analytical tools for addressing illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing. For further details on the plastic pollution work, see www.csiro.au/Marine-debris.

Fields of Research

  • Bioinformatics (060102)
  • Population Ecology (060207)
  • Global Change Biology (069902)
  • Invasive Species Ecology (050103)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  • Environmental Monitoring (050206)
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management (050211)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Fisheries Management (070403)
  • Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment (070402)

Academic Qualifications

  • phdUniversity of California, Santa Cruz2002
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)The University of Kansas1990
  • MSUniversity of California, Davis1996

External Publications Lists

ORCID 0000-0002-5983-657X
Researcher ID A-3585-2010

Contact information


  • +61 3 6232 5306
  • +61 439 397 317 (Mobile)

Postal address:

GPO BOX 1538