Dr Kristen Williams

Group Leader (Biodiversity Assessment and Conservation)


Currently Research Group Leader within the Biodiversity, Ecosystem Knowledge and Services Program of the CSIRO Land and Water Flagship, based at Black Mountain, Canberra ACT.

Dr Kristen J Williams leads a multidisciplinary group of scientists within a program of research focussed on a sustainable Australia where biodiversity prospers and ecosystems meet the needs of all people.

Dr Williams joined CSIRO in 2003, following five years with the Queensland Government in applied forestry and biodiversity conservation research and planning roles. This included co-developing and implementing the State's bioregional biodiversity planning assessment program.

Dr Williams research is enriched by her early career experience in field botanical survey, quantitative ecological analysis, species distribution modelling, and biodiversity conservation assessment and planning. In Tasmania, her work underpinned a representative system of conservation reserves for dry sclerophyll forests.

She is recognised for delivery of knowledge products, and their adoption by government and non-government agencies, that have advanced biodiversity conservation, land management policies and investment priorities.

Dr Williams' research aims to incorporate system understanding of ecosystems and the environment into land evaluation and spatial prioritisation assessments, supporting more enduring biodiversity planning and conservation policy decisions when coupled with a participatory process.

Other Interests

See my research impact online at: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/B-9941-2008

See my LinkedIn career profile online at: http://au.linkedin.com/pub/kristen-williams/29/257/a41

Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)University of Tasmania Hobart1998
  • Bachelor of Science (BScHons) First ClassUniversity of Tasmania Hobart1991
  • Biological Science (laboratory) Technician CertificateSouth Australia Institute of Technology, Adelaide1981
  • Geographic Information Systems Professional – Asia-Pacific (GISP-AP, 2009-2014)Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, Canberra2009

Professional Experiences

  • Group Leader (Biodiversity Assessment and Conservation)CSIRO Land and Water Flagship, Biodiversity, Ecosystem Knowledge and Systems Research Program (Black Mountain, ACT)Sep 2014 - current
  • Team Leader Integrated EcologyCSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Ecology Program (Black Mountain, ACT)Oct 2013 - Sep 2014
  • Focal Research Area Coordinator Terrestrial Landscape FuturesCSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, Managing Species and Natural Ecosystems Research Theme (Black Mountain, ACT)Jul 2011 - Jun 2014
  • Senior Research ScientistCSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Ecology Program (Black Mountain, ACT)Jul 2011 - Jun 2014
  • Research Scientist (Ecological Geographer)CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Agricultural Landscapes Program (Gungahlin, ACT)May 2009 - Jun 2011
  • Visiting Research FellowFaculty of Science, Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane)Jan 1999 - Dec 2000
  • Research Scientist (Ecological Geographer) and Team Leader (Systematic Conservation Planning)CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Tropical Landscapes Program (Brisbane and Atherton, Qld)May 2003 - Apr 2009
  • A/Coordinator, Threatened Species and Ecosystems, Conservation SciencesQueensland Government Environmental Protection Agency, Forestry and Wildlife Division (Brisbane)Feb 2003 - Apr 2003
  • Principal Biodiversity Planning OfficerQueensland Government Environmental Protection Agency, Planning Division (Brisbane)Mar 2001 - Feb 2003
  • Senior Forest Modeller, Forest Ecosystem AssessmentQueensland Government Department of Natural Resources (Brisbane)Mar 1998 - Feb 2001
  • Postdoctoral ResearcherUniversity of Tasmania (Hobart)Nov 1997 - Feb 1998
  • Field Botanical ConsultantSelf Employed (part-time), Tasmania1991 - 1996
  • Tutor, 1st Year Plant Science Laboratory PracticalsUniversity of Tasmania (Hobart)1991 - 1994
  • Field Botanist, Conservation Project Officer (various roles)Tasmanian Government: Forestry Commission, National Parks and Wildlife Service (Hobart)1985 - 1991
  • Biology and Chemistry Field and Laboratory Technician South Australian Teachers College / University of South Australia (Adelaide)1979 - 1981

Contact information

Postal address:

GPO BOX 1700