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Dr Alan Andersen

Chief Research Scientist


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Prof Andersen is a Chief Research Scientist with the CSIRO Land & Water Flagship, and a Professorial Fellow at Charles Darwin University. He has been Officer-in-Charge of CSIRO's Tropical Ecosystems Research Centre in Darwin for 16 years. He leads CSIRO's Tropical Savannas research, which aims to provide the scientific basis for delivering environmental, social and economic benefits to northern Australia. His main research interest is the biogeography and global ecology of ant communities. He has also played a key leadership role with CSIRO's research on savannna burning, which addresses the biophysical, economic, policy and anthropological issues relating to savanna fire management for Greenhouse gas abatement, especially on Aboriginal lands. Dr Andersen has published six books and more than 180 scientific papers; his h-index is 35, and his work has been cited more than 4,000 times by other scientists. He received the 2000 Far East Economic Review Asian Innovation Award, and was an inaugural member of the NT Research and Innovation Board. In 2009 he was awarded the Charles Darwin Medal for Research and Innovation in the NT for his contributions to science and science leadership.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2013

    Outstanding Team Award
    CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences

  • 2011

    Professorial Fellow
    Charles Darwin Universityt

  • 2009

    Charles Darwin Medal for Research and Innovation
    NT Government

  • 2006

    Leadership Award
    CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems

  • 2006

    Service Award
    Australian Entomological Society

  • 2000

    Asian Innovation Award
    Far Eastern Economic Review

  • 1999

    Distinguished Visiting Ecologist
    Colorado State University

Academic Qualifications

  • 1980

    BSc (Hons)
    Monash University

  • 1985

    University of Melbourne

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2014-2014

    Writing Group, Australian Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan

  • 2014-ongoing

    Dhimurru Indigenous Protected Area Advisory Group

  • 2014-ongoing

    Australian Wildlife Conservancy Science Advisory Network

  • 2014-2014

    Scientific Committee, 2014 ATBC conference

  • 2013-2014

    Chair, Local Organising Committee, 2014 ESA conference

  • 2012-ongoing

    Editorial Board, Hot Topics in Ecology

  • 2011-ongoing

    Editorial Board, Insectes Sociaux

  • 2011-2012

    Local Organising Committee, 2012 Oceania Conservation Biology Conference

  • 2011-ongoing

    Territroy Wildlife Park Biodiversity Conservation Committee

  • 2010-2010

    Selection Committee, NT Young Tall Poppy Science Awards

  • 2010-2012

    NT Land and Sea Management Board

  • 2010-2014

    Selection Committee, NT Fulbright Programme

  • 2008-ongoing

    Chair, Christmas Island Crazy Ant Scientific Advisory Panel

  • 2007-ongoing

    Associate Editor, Austral Ecology

  • 2007-2010

    Co-Chair, Tiwi Expert Biological Reference Group

  • 2006-ongoing

    Associate Editor, Diversity and Distributions

  • 2004-2007

    NT Research and Innovation Board

  • 2002-2007

    Chair, Christmas Island Crazy Ant Management Steering Committee

  • 2001-2006

    Scientific Advisory Panel, Queensland fire ant eradication programme

  • 1998-2005

    Management Group, Tropical Savannas Cooperative Research Center

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