Dr Ben Hoffmann

Principal Research Scientist

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Dr Ben Hoffmann is a Principle Research Scientist with CSIRO Land & Water in Darwin, Northern Territory. His main research interests are invasion ecology, managing invasive species, and general community ecology especially for sustainable land management (bioindication), and he has a particular research focus on ants. He collaborates with many local and regional organisations to effectively manage invasive ant incursions, especially on Indigenous lands. His current work includes overseeing eradication efforts on Norfolk Island, Lizard Island and throughout NE Arnhem Land. Dr Hoffmann has published over 60 scientific papers, 3 book chapters, and written more than 30 reports. His work has been cited more than 1800 times. Dr Hoffmann is an invited member of the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group, represents CSIRO on the National Biosecurity Management Consultative Committee, and is on the scientific advisory committee for the Yellow crazy ant management program on Christmas Island. In 2010, his collaboration with Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation and Rio Tinto against yellow crazy ant won the Gold Banksia Environmental Award, and the inaugural NAIDOC Caring for Country Award, and in 2011 also won a UN Association of Australia World Environment Day Award.

Current Roles

  • Project Leader
    Coordination of multiple ant eradication programs

  • Project Leader
    Rehabilitation assessment at multiple mines throughout northern Australia

  • Scientist
    Multiple NRM consultancies

  • Representative
    Represent CSIRO on numerous Australian biosecurity committees

Academic Qualifications

  • 1996

    BSc (Hons)
    Northern Territory University

  • 2000

    Northern Territory University

Achievements and Awards

  • 2016

    Outstanding Collaboration Award

  • 2015

    Biodiversity Award
    United Nations Association of Australia

  • 2013

    Outstanding Team Award

  • 2009

    John Phillip Award for the Promotion of Excellence in Young Scientists

  • 2002

    Fresh Science Award
    National Science Forum

  • 2001

    Australian Academy of Science Award
    Australian Academy of Science

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2007-ongoing

    Christmas Island Scientific Advisory Panel

  • 2007-2011

    Scientific Advisory Panel to Brisbane fire ant eradication program

  • 2010-ongoing

    invited member, IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group

  • 2010-2012

    Judging Panel, CRC Early Career Scientists Awards

  • 2011-ongoing

    National Facilitator, Scouts Australia

  • 2011-ongoing

    Associate Editor, Biodiversity and Conservation

  • 2012-ongoing

    Associate Editor, Ecological Management and Restoration

  • 2013-ongoing

    Associate Editor, Austral Ecology

  • 2013 -ongoing

    Associate Editor, Bulletin of Entomological Research

  • 2013-ongoing

    Associate Editor, Journal of Insects

  • 2014-ongoing

    member, Tramp Ant Consultative Committee

  • 2014-ongoing

    member, National Biosecurity Management Consultative Committee

  • 2016-ongoing

    Dhimurru Advisory Board

  • 2017-ongoing

    Associate Editor, Bioinvasion Records


We have publications by Dr Ben Hoffmann
For more publications, please see Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Er6l7_wAAAAJ&hl=en Researcher ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/A-2746-2011 ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4010-4723