Dr Nic Bax


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Biography

Professor Bax developed and led the National Environmental Science Program Marine Biodiversity Hub for the University of Tasmania, from 2007-2020 and represents CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship at national and international marine biodiversity dialogues and regularly represents the Australian Government at meetings of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). He developed and co-chairs the IOC-UNESCO Global Ocean Observing System, Biology and Ecosystems Panel, works with the Secretariat to the CBD on marine monitoring, indicators and place-based management. He 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 Agriculture Water and Environment.

Prof Bax has 40 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 scientific and 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 developing a global system for monitoring trends in marine biodiversity
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