Dr Rebecca Pirzl

Group Leader

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Dr Rebecca Pirzl is an ecologist with research, business and policy experience. She joined CSIRO in 2014, where she leads initiatives and projects in ecology, digital biodiversity platforms and Indigenous domains and their intersections.

Rebecca has a cross-cutting role in CSIRO Land and Water where she leads the Decisions and Strategic Planning Group. She develops collaborative interdisciplinary opportunities focused on prediction and scenario assessment for future options, and delivers CSIRO science capability into national contexts and global agendas. She is a strategic advisor to a new Indigenous Science Program initiative establishing a framework for CSIRO science to contribute to key national challenges and questions of significance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Rebecca's research expertise is in ecological modelling, species-environment relationships and responses to environmental variability and change at large scales, and she has worked extensively in Southern Ocean and Antarctic marine systems. Her research outputs have been applied extensively in policy, management and industry decisions.

Rebecca is an experienced company director, not-for-profit board member and chair of public sector committees. Before joining CSIRO Rebecca ran a research company delivering ecological modelling, technology R&D and commercialisation, open data and knowledge translation initiatives for large public and private sector clients and previously worked for the Australian Government in environmental policy.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2017-

    Medal for Impact Science (Team)

  • 2017-

    Global Outlook Award (Team)
    CSIRO, DNFC Sector

  • 2017-

    Indigenous Engagement Award (Team)
    CSIRO, DNFC Sector

Current Roles

  • Group Leader
    Decisions and Strategic Planning

  • Project Leader
    Predictable Environmental Futures Strategic Initiative

  • Strategic Advisor
    Indigenous Futures Science Program

  • Project Leader
    Global Biodiversity Modelling

  • Project Leader
    National Habitat Condition Assessments Reference Library

Academic Qualifications

  • 2008

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Ecology
    Deakin University

  • 1994

    Bachelor of Science (BSc)
    University of Tasmania

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2017-2018

    Co-editor, International Workshop on Science Gateways Special Issue, Future Generation Computing Systems

  • 2015-2017

    Steering Committee, Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL)

  • 2016-Present

    Member, Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) BON Development Working Group