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Dr Keesing is a Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Research. He is a marine ecologist and fisheries scientist having conducted research in Australia, New Zealand, China, India and Japan publishing more than 100 scientific papers, book chapters, articles and client reports across multiple disciplines. He has led ship-based research voyages offshore of north-west Australia and in the Timor Sea, the most recent of these to the Gascoyne and Carnarvon Canyons Marine Parks in 2022. Dr Keesing has a PhD in zoology, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment and is a graduate of the Australian Institute for Company Directors course. He is a Commissioner on the Western Australian Conservation and Parks Commission, a member of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Molecular and Life Sciences at Curtin University and previously held a Visiting Professorship with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is a past President of the Australian Marine Sciences Association and prior to joining CSIRO held senior research management positions in commonwealth and state government agencies and in the higher education sector, including at executive level.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1990

    James Cook University of North Queensland

  • 1984

    BSc (Hons)
    Murdoch University

  • 2005

    Grad Dip Appl Fin Invest
    Financial Services Institute of Australasia

Achievements and Awards

  • 2010-2012

    Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists
    Chinese Academy of Sciences

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