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Dr Simon Ferrier

Chief Research Scientist


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Dr Simon Ferrier is a Chief Research Scientist with CSIRO Land and Water, based in Canberra, Australia. He is also recognised as an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, and an Honorary Fellow at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

Before joining CSIRO in 2008, Simon spent more than 20 years working with state-government agencies in New South Wales. During this time he was an early pioneer in the development of species- and community-level biodiversity modelling, and of techniques for applying such models to real-world conservation prioritisation, land-use planning, and natural resource management.

More recently Simon and his CSIRO colleagues have been developing a new generation of macroecological approaches to biodiversity modelling and scenario analysis, and applying these techniques at local, national and global scales, working in collaboration with scientists and practitioners across multiple disciplines and sectors. Applications have focused on assessing past-to-present change in the status of biodiversity, projecting impacts of future scenarios of climate and land-use change, and evaluating the potential effectiveness of alternative policy and management options in ameliorating these impacts.

Simon also engages extensively with international initiatives promoting and guiding efforts in biodiversity modelling and assessment globally, including recently co-chairing the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Methodological Assessment of Scenarios and Models.


For a list of Simon’s publications see his profile at Google Scholar and ResearcherID

Academic Qualifications

  • 1978

    BSc (First Class Honours)
    University of Queensland

  • 1984

    University of New England

  • 1987

    Postgrad. Dip. Computing Science
    University of New England

Professional Experiences

  • 2008- 2019

    Senior Principal Research Scientist

  • 2005-2007

    Principal Research Scientist
    NSW Dept of Environment & Climate Change

  • 1994-2004

    Principal GIS Research Officer
    NSW Dept of Environment & Conservation

  • 1987-1993

    Project Officer
    NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

  • 1984-1986

    NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

Achievements and Awards

  • 2013-2017

    OCE Science Leader Award

  • 2011-2012

    OCE Newton-Turner Award