Dr Tim Lynch


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Biography

Dr Tim Lynch is the team leader of Temperate Coastal Observations and Ecology in CSIRO's Coasts Program. Tim hails from Australia’s island state of Tasmania where he graduated from UTAS with a degree in Marine, Antarctic and Freshwater biology. After completing honours in aquaculture and a PhD in Marine Ecology at JCU in North Queensland, Tim worked for ten years as a research scientist for NSW Marine Parks. In 2004 Tim was the Australian Academy of Science visiting scholar to North America.
Since 2008 Tim has worked at CSIRO in Hobart and is now a Senior Research Scientist. Tim has research interests in recreational fisheries, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), marine wild life, endangered species and sensor systems. Tim is also the Chief Dive Officer for the Oceans and Atmosphere Business Unit at CSIRO.

Other Interests

Besides his work at CSRIO, Tim is a keen underwater hockey player and is a past President of the Australian Marine Science Association.

Current Roles

  • Undertake innovative research in coastal fisheries
    Statistical analysis, methods development

  • Undertake innovative research in coastal wildlife and threatened species
    Dive program leader, scientific research

  • Applications of technology and cross business unit collaborations
    Production and development

  • Commercial diver and CSIRO Chief Dive Officer
    Lead CSIRO dive teams and Site Dive Officers

  • Coxswain
    Skipper vessels

  • Chair Handfish Recovery Team
    Conserve handfish species

  • Member Giant Freshwater Crayfish Recovery Team
    Conserve GFC

  • Science Communicator
    Represent CSIRO at various media and outreach events based on research

Academic Qualifications

  • 2000

    PhD
    JCU

  • 1991

    Honours
    JCU

  • 1990

    BSc
    UTAS

  • 1997

    Diploma Data Handling and Statistics
    UTAS

  • 1998

    Diploma Project Management
    NPWS

  • 2009

    Diploma Project Management
    TAS Skills Institute

Professional Experiences

  • 2015-2018

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO

  • 2008-2014

    Ocean Sensor deployment team leader
    CSIRO

  • 2009-2015

    Facility leader the Australian National Mooring Network (ANMN)
    IMOS

  • 2014-2016

    National President
    Austalian Marine Science Association

  • 1998-2008

    Research Scientist
    NSW MPA

Achievements and Awards

  • 2004-2004

    Australian Academy of Science scholar to North America
    Australian Academy of Science

  • 2009-2010

    CSIRO Staff development award – Mid Career
    CSIRO

  • 2011-2011

    CSIRO – Recognition reward Oversight of the IMOS facility ANMN
    CSIRO

  • 2012-2012

    CSIRO – Recognition reward – Contribution as conference convenor AMSA-NZMSS 2012
    CSIRO

  • 2013-2013

    CSIRO – Recognition reward – Team building exercises 2013
    CSIRO

  • 2014-2014

    CSIRO – Recognition reward – Support of BGC sampling 2014
    CSIRO

  • 2018-2018

    CSIRO – Recognition reward 2018 – Captive breeding of spotted handfish
    CSIRO

  • 2019-2019

    Tasmania Design Award - Impact
    Design Tasmania

  • 2019-2019

    NESP - Effective networker award
    NESP

Other highlights

  • 1996-1997

    Closure of Astacopsis gouldi fishery following publication of a report

  • 1998-2004

    Zoning of the Jervis Bay Marine Park

  • 1998-2020

    GIS and sensor focused studies of recreational fisheries

  • 2004-2006

    Acting positions as manager of Jervis Bay and Lord Howe Island marine parks

  • 2008-2014

    Expansion of moorings department at CSIRO from 3 FTE to 10 FTE

  • 2009-2015

    Deployment of 72 moorings with multiple agencies as ANMN Facility leader

  • 2014-2015

    Publication of first peer reviewed paper in high imapct journal from handfish program

  • 2017-2018

    First public displays of spotted handfish at Seahorse World and Melbourne Aquarium

  • 2017-2018

    Successful captive breeding and surviorship of juvenile handfish

  • 2004-2005

    Participation in NOAA white abalone ROV study and publication of ops plan

  • 2016-2017

    Deployment of CRAGS units to the Antarctica with KOPRI

Grants

  • 1991-1991

    James Cook University - Undergraduate research grant ($2000)

  • 1993-1996

    Lions Club Scholar - Dangerous marine creatures ($75,000)

  • 1998-2007

    NSW MPA research grants ($25,000 - $46,000 pa)

  • 2002-2003

    Department of Defence - Impacts on Cetaceans by noise – with M. Lemon ($18,000)

  • 2004-2005

    Australian Academy of Science -Visiting Scholar Nth America ($10,000)

  • 2004-2007

    Australian Research Council (ARC) – Industry partner with Drs G. Edgar and R. Babcock ($245,000)

  • 2006-2007

    Department of Defence –Impacts on cetaceans by sonar – with M. Lemon ($12,000)

  • 2008-2008

    RV Southern Surveyor Transit Voyage - ($40,000)

  • 2008-2009

    CSIRO CAPEX bid – Deepwater mooring capacity – with S. Wijffels ($430,000)

  • 2009-2010

    CSIRO CAPEX bid – Shelf mooring capacity – with M. Feng ($311,000)

  • 2009-2010

    CSIRO CAPEX bid – RV Explorer replacement with M. Rayner ($175,000)

  • 2009-2010

    CSIRO CAPEX bid - Deepwater mooring capacity - with S. Wijffels ($90,000)

  • 2009-2010

    CSIRO Staff development award – Mid Career ($10,000)

  • 2009-2010

    IMOS EIF enhancement – ANMN with R. Roughan, J. Middleton, C. Steinberg, M. Feng – ($1,800,000)

  • 2010-2013

    IMOS EIF extension and enhancement – ANMN with R. Roughan, J. Middleton, C. Steinberg, M. Feng, B. Tilbrook – ($16,650,000)

  • 2010-2011

    CSIRO CAPEX bid – Western Australian mooring capacity with M. Feng ($263,000)

  • 2011-2012

    CSIRO CAPEX bid – Acoustic releases ($160,000)

  • 2011-2012

    CSIRO Froehlich Scholarship – Doug Wilson ($20,000)

  • 2012-2013

    CSIRO CAPEX bid – Deepwater mooring capacity – with S. Wijffels and B. Sloyan ($320,000)

  • 2013-2014

    IMOS CRIS – ANMN with R. Roughan, J. Middleton, C. Steinberg, M. Feng, B. Tilbrook – ($2,472,000)

  • 2013-2014

    CSIRO Advanced computing – ($25,000)

  • 2013-2014

    Small to Medium Enterprise award with Specialised Industrial Products with Phil de Boer – ($125,000)

  • 2013-2014

    CSIRO CAPEX bid – Gigapan ruggerdization – ($41,000)

  • 2013-2014

    CSIRO CAPEX bid – PAR sensors with Lesley Clementson - ($48,000)

  • 2014-2015

    IMOS NCRIS – ANMN (CSIRO) with M. Feng, B. Tilbrook – ($4,200,000)

  • 2013-2014

    Environment Australia – Handfish Conservation with Mark Green – ($17,000)

  • 2014-2015

    CSIRO Advanced computing – ($25,000)

  • 2014-2015

    CSIRO – CAPEX - Gigapan ruggerdization MkII – ($80,000)

  • 2015-2015

    Commonwealth Dept. of Environment, Threatened Species Commissioner. Direct conservation of spotted handfish – ($83,000)

  • 2015-2015

    Human use of identified sites of interests within the Hawkesbury Shelf Bioregion, NSWDPI, USyd, CSIRO with Carlie Devine – ($73,000)

  • 2015-2015

    ANMN 6f National Reference Stations CSIRO ($1,700,000)

  • 2016-2017

    FRDC Respondent-Driven sampling as a cost-effective method for obtaining data from recreational fisheries - inherited from Shane Griffins following his VR ($691,000)

  • 2016-2017

    CSIRO ruggedized Gigapans for KOPRI ($84,236)

  • 2017-2017

    CSIRO – CAPEX – Small temperate marine fish holding facility – ($38,000)

  • 2016-2020

    NESP Project A10 – Conservation of spotted handfish and their habitat ($1,375, 564)

  • 2018-2018

    NESP Project E4 – Recreational fishing in Commonwealth waters ($297,766)

  • 2018-2018

    NHT 2018 - Restoration of habitat by replacement of swing moorings by innovative taut eco-mooring technology ($75,000)

  • 2019-2020

    NESP Project A10 – Conservation of handfish and their habitat – variation for red handfish release and morphometrics ($180,000)

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2019-2020

    Chief Dive Officer