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Dr Cathy Robinson

Principal Research Scientist


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Dr Cathy Robinson is an expert in the co-design of collaborative decision-support tools that support biocultural diversity assessments of significant species and habitats. She applies her expertise to develop innovative scientific methods and frameworks that can take account Indigenous, practitioner and scientific knowledge in environmental assessment and management. This includes the co-design of responsible AI and digital technology applications that have been used to support multiple pathways for Indigenous nature-based solutions so that conservation, carbon and other sustainability initiatives reflect and support the local provenance of Indigenous communities, enterprises and contexts.

Current Roles

  • Project Leader
    Healthy Country AI and digital inclusion program

  • Team member
    National Koala Monitoring Program

  • Team member
    #space cows feral herd management for Northern Australia

Academic Qualifications

  • 2000

    Doctor of Philosophy (Geography)
    Monash University

  • 1994

    Bachelor of Science - 1st Class honours
    The University of Melbourne

Achievements and Awards

  • 2018-2018

    STEM Superstar award
    Science and Technology Australia

  • 2018-2018

    CSIRO Medal - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement

  • 2015-2015

    Innovator of Influence Award
    Australian Science and Innovation Forum

  • 2013-2016

    ARC linkage - Chief Investigator
    Integrating measures of Indigenous land management effectiveness

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2019-2022

    CSIRO Indigenous Engagement Implementation Committee

  • 2016-2023

    CSIRO Land and Water Science Council

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