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Dr Michael Dunlop

Senior Research Scientist


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Michael specialises in helping management and policy agencies prepare for transformational change. His current practice revolves around co-producing with partners an understand of the nature and implications of future ecosystem transformations, how societal factors shape decision options, the changes agencies and their stakeholders may need to make over time to sustain natural values, and the practical actions that can be taken in the near-term to enable those changes. He recently developed a methodology for assessing the vulnerability of Ramsar wetlands to climate change.

His career has traversed physical, ecological and social sciences. He has worked on understanding the nature of environmental value in the context of change, reframing strategic approaches to disaster, adapting protected areas systems, terrestrial and aquatic conservation, transitions in coastal systems, assessing the multiple ways water contributes to well-being, the sustainability of biofuels, and strategic assessments of resource use in Australian agriculture. His work typically involves synthesis of information from different disciplines, running stakeholder and expert workshops, analysis of biophysical, social and institutional data, and participating in government policy processes. He works with local state and national governments, regional natural resource management groups and non-government organisations across Australian and internationally.

Other Interests

Being outside enjoying the Australian environment with my family ... mountain biking, surfing, bird watching, skiing, rock climbing, cooking, eating (also done indoors).

Current Roles

  • Project Leader
    Adapting soaciety to climate-change driven ecosystem transformation

Academic Qualifications

  • 1996

    PhD - Evolutionary Ecology/Fire Ecology
    Macquarie University

  • 1987

    BSc (Hons I) Applied Physics
    University of Sydney

Professional Experiences

  • 1998-present

    Project Leader / Senior Research Scientist

  • 2002-2020

    Various climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction and conservation policy development groups (Task Forces, Advisory Councils, etc)
    Australian and State Governments

  • 2002-2002

    Secondment - Biodiversity and Climate Change Action Plan
    Environment Australia (Department of the Environment)

  • 1997-1998

    Research Associate
    University of Wollongong

  • 1996-1997

    Conservation Officer
    Department of Conservation, New Zealand

Achievements and Awards

  • 2005-2020

    Ten awards for research leadership, excellence, impact and HSE

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2005-present

    Delegate, CSIRO Staff Association

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