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Dr Rich Little

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Rich Little is a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO Environment in Hobart, Australia. His research specialises in modelling population dynamics, economics, and management decision-making in natural resource and marine environmental science. Much of this work has focused on the Coral Reef Finfish Fishery of the Great Barrier Reef, where he has worked on the development of a computer-based decision support tool called ELFSim. He has published work widely on modelling tradeable permit markets for fisheries quota, artificial intelligence mechanisms (Bayesian Belief Networks) for simulating fishing behaviour, and the economics of marine protected areas. In 2007, he was seconded as a visiting scholar to the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. In 2003 he was awarded the Early Career Research Prize from the Modelling and Simulation society of Australia and New Zealand, and in 2007, he received the CSIRO Julius award for mid-career research.

He has explored the use of computer-based biophysical process-models for environmental risk management of climate change, and is the Principal Investigator for the Southeast Australian Marine Ecosystem Survey which is attempting to untangle the effects of environmental management and climate change in the marine waters of Southeast Australia. He is also currently associated with Marine Visual Technologies, an initiative developing solutions to support sustainable fisheries management using deep video analytics.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2018

    Certificate in Executive Management and Development
    Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW

  • 2000

    University of Alberta

  • 1995

    Master of Science (MSc)
    The University of Western Ontario

  • 1989

    Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Statistics)
    The University of Western Ontario

  • 1993

    Diploma Honours Standing (Ecology and Evolution)
    The University of Western Ontario

Achievements and Awards

  • 2008-2011

    CSIRO Julius Career Development Award

  • 2007-2010

    Honorary Associate, Centre for Marine Science, University of Tasmania

  • 2005

    Early Career Research Excellence Award, The Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand

Other highlights

  • 2012-2012

    Australian Academy of Science, Theo Murphy Frontiers of Science meeting: The Green Economy (Steering Committee)

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