Dr Nic Bax

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Professor Bax leads the National Environmental Science Program Marine Biodiversity Hub for the University of Tasmania, and national and international biodiversity research for the CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship. He regularly represents the Australian Government at meetings of the CBD, co-chairs the IOC-UNESCO Global Ocean Observing System, Biology and Ecosystems Panel, and represents Australia on the IOC Capacity Development Working Group. He is a member of the National Marine Science Committee, and works at the highest levels of the Department of Environment and Energy.

Prof Bax has 30 years’ experience in developing options to improve marine resource management. He is experienced in the development, supervision, and presentation of marine research projects in Australia, the United States and Europe, and providing modelling expertise to support management decision making. A current research focus is improving the integration of scientific knowledge with environmental decision making at national, regional and global scales, including the need for enhanced Capacity Development and Technology Transfer.

Prof Bax has led teams of marine biologists, geologists, geneticists and oceanographers:
o predicting and managing marine biodiversity
o responding to oil spills
o providing the scientific advice to manage deepwater fisheries
o developing multidisciplinary assessments of marine ecosystems
o creating options to control invasive marine species

Prof Bax has developed and applied computer models to determine:
o the impacts of oil spills
o impacts of fishing and ocean ranching on marine ecosystems
o sustainable fishing practices
o movement of invasive species
o genetic options for the control of invasive species

He has worked in the private and public sectors on:
o technology development
o environmental impact assessment
o environmental mitigation and design

Academic qualifications
Prof Bax earned Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. He completed his PhD through the Fisheries Research Institute at the University of Washington in the USA in 1983.

Current Roles

  • Director
    NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub