Dr Mark Stafford Smith

Chief Coordinating Scientist - Adaptation

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Dr Mark Stafford Smith coordinates climate adaptation research in CSIRO in Australia; in this role he has been oversighting a highly interdisciplinary program of research on many aspects of adapting to climate change, as well as regularly interacting with national and international policy issues. He has over 30 years experience in drylands systems ecology, management and policy, including senior roles such as CEO of the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre in the early 2000s, and Program Leader of CSIRO Centre for Arid Zone Research in Alice Springs in the late 1990s. His significant international roles include being past vice-chair of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme’s Scientific Committee, and co-chair of the Planet Under Pressure: New Knowledge towards Solutions international global change conference in London in 2012 in the lead-up to Rio+20. In 2013 he was appointed chair of the inaugural Science Committee of the Future Earth platform for coordinating research on global environmental change. He continues to publish actively, adding to over 160 peer-reviewed contributions to science, as well as many presentations and publications for less-specialised audiences.

Current Roles

  • Chief Coordinating Scientist - Adaptation
    Coordination of adaptation research

  • Chair, Science Committee
    Future Earth

Academic Qualifications

  • 1984

    PhD Behavioural Ecology
    Australian National University

  • 1983

    MA Natural Sciences
    Cambridge University, UK

  • 1979

    BA (Sc) (Hons) Natural Sciences
    Cambridge University, UK


We have publications by Dr Mark Stafford Smith
For more publications, please see Researcher ID: G-1680-2010