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Dr Alistair Hobday

Research Director & Senior Principal Research Scientist


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Dr Alistair Hobday completed a BSc (Hons) in Biological Science at Stanford University, a PhD in Biological Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and held a National Research Council Postgraduate Fellowship at the Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory in Monterey, California. His research spans a range of topics, including spatial management and migration of large pelagic species, environmental influences on marine species, the impacts of climate change and climate extremes on marine resources, and development and testing of adaptation options for marine conservation, fisheries, and aquaculture. In addition to his climate research, Alistair has co-led the development of risk assessment methods for assessing the ecological sustainability of Australia's fisheries. He was co-chair for the international IMBeR program CLIOTOP (Climate Impacts on Top Ocean Predators) from 2010-2015, and now serves on the Scientific Steering Committee for IMBeR (International Marine Biosphere Research). Domestically, he serves on a range of committees related to his scientific expertise and current job role.

Other Interests

Marine heatwaves - detection and attribution -
Reduction of roadkill -

Academic Qualifications

  • 1998

    Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California

  • 1993

    BSc (Hons) Stanford University, California

Achievements and Awards

  • 2019-2021

    Highly-cited researcher
    Web of Science

  • 2018-2019

    K. Radway Allen Lifetime Achievement in Fish and Fisheries Science Award
    Australian Society for Fish Biology

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