Dr Ben Hoffmann

Principal Research Scientist

Contact details:

  • PRIVATE BAG NO 44
    WINNELLIE NT 0821 AUSTRALIA

Biography

Dr Ben Hoffmann is a Principle Research Scientist with CSIRO Health & Biosecurity 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, NE Arnhem Land and numerous locations throughout eastern Australia. Dr Hoffmann has published over 70 scientific papers, 3 book chapters, and written more than 40 reports. His work has been cited more than 2300 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 committees for multiple invasive ant eradication programs. He is the Australian contact for the Australian-USA Joint Committee Meetings initiatives, and a member of the Pacific Invasives Partnership helping to drive biosecurity initiatives throughout the Pacific. 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. His current work involves using the latest drone technology to conduct biosecurity operations, as well as developing species-specific genetic solutions (RNAi) for use against invasive species.

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 and international initiatives (JCM, PIP, ISSG)

  • Team Leader
    leading the H&B research team in Darwin

Academic Qualifications

  • 1996

    BSc (Hons)
    Northern Territory University

  • 2000

    PhD
    Northern Territory University

Achievements and Awards

  • 2016

    Outstanding Collaboration Award
    CSIRO

  • 2015

    Biodiversity Award
    United Nations Association of Australia

  • 2013

    Outstanding Team Award
    CSIRO

  • 2009

    John Phillip Award for the Promotion of Excellence in Young Scientists
    CSIRO

  • 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

  • 2016-ongoing

    Branch Excecutive Member, Scouts NT

  • 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

  • 2011-2018

    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

  • 2014-2018

    member, Tramp Ant Consultative Committee

  • 2014-ongoing

    member, National Biosecurity Management Consultative Committee

  • 2016-ongoing

    Dhimurru Advisory Board

  • 2017-ongoing

    Associate Editor, Bioinvasion Records

  • 2018-ongoing

    member, Scientific Advisory Group to the RIFA program

Publications

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