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Dr Heidi Pethybridge

Quantitative Ecologist


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Heidi is a quantitative and applied ecologist working mainly on marine ecological energetics, ecogeochemistry, and food web dynamics. Heidi employs biochemical tracer techniques (lipid/fatty acids, stable isotopes and trace-metals), ecological and metabolic theory, and various numerical modelling approaches to better understand how marine organisms respond to natural variability and human pressures at multiple biological (individual to ecosystem), temporal (days to decades) and spatial (local to landscape) scales.

Other Interests

I'm currently very interested in improving how we as research scientist (i) design food web studies and (ii) use nutritional data on seafood to inform human health, ecosystem based management and provenance.

Current Roles

  • Project Leader - Harnessing food composition data for ecosystem-based resource management, human nutrition and food provenance
    Cross-sector callaboration, data compilation, meta-analysis, framework development, knowledge sharing and integration

  • Project leader - COR Publications
    Supporting staff, writing adn editing papers, organising meetings/workshops/training courses,

  • Project leader - Seafood quality and ecosystem dynamics in the Seychelles
    sample management, analysis, data analyses, reporting, stakeholder communication

  • Atlantis Ecosystem Modelling
    Developing, calibrating and running Atlantis ecosystem models, climate change projections, scenario analyses, Salish Sea Atlantis, Great Barrier Reef Atlantis, South East Australian Atlantis

  • Task team co-leader - Global isotope analyses of tunas (CLIOTOP project)
    Collection, analysis and write up of tuna isotope data, organising meetings and member activities

Academic Qualifications

  • 2017-current

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere

  • 2013-2017

    OCE Postdoctoral Fellow

  • 2010-2013

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    IFREMER, France

  • 2006-2010

    PhD - Cotutelle
    University of Tasmania, Australia & University of Bordeaux 1, France

Professional Experiences

  • 2010-2013

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    IFREMER, Brest, France.

  • 2013-2017

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

Achievements and Awards

  • 2020-2024

    CSIRO Julius Career Award

  • 2015-2016

    ASFB Early Career Award

  • 2012-

    ICES Early Career Award

  • 2016-

    CSIRO Payne Scott Award

  • 2014-2019

    CSIRO CDF CoP (2) and Career Development (2) Awards


  • 2016-2018

    Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR)

  • 2019-2019

    Crawford Fund Grant - masterclass training

  • 2012-2014

    L’Agence de l’eau, France

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2014-2019

    Australian Society of Fish Biology Tasmania state representative

  • 2019->

    CSIRO O&A's Inclusion & Diveristy Committee

  • 2014->

    IMBER-CLIOTOP Marine Predator Isotopes Task Team co-leader

  • 2013->

    CSIRO Scientist in Schools Participant

  • 2018-2020

    Global Seafood and Ecosystem Contaminants Consortium (GSECC) member

  • 2016-2018

    Section Editor, Enclylopedia of Ecology 2nd Edition, Elsevier

  • 2013-2018

    CSIRO Seminar Co-ordinator

  • 2013-2016

    CSIRO Hobart Postdoc Forum CoP - Chair

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