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Dr. Chris Ware is an experimental scientist within the Quantitative Biodiversity Assessment Team at CSIRO Land and Water. Chris combines skills in ecology and spatial modelling with scientific computing and digital technology, to provide information to support the sustainable management of our environment.

Chris is engaged in several projects that use macroecological approaches to model biodiversity outcomes under scenarios of different land-use, management, or climate changes. His work draws on a range of skills to adapt published modelling approaches, develop new analytical methods, and derive novel metrics. Chris also helps to maintain CSIRO’s biodiversity modelling capability (BILBI) and global biodiversity indicators; CSIRO’s global land-use product; Habitat Condition Assessment System (HCAS); and actively supports projects focused on environmental-economic accounting and natural capital assessment.

Increasingly, Chris works to translate analytical approaches to the assessment of biodiversity into public-facing applications. Chris’s strong programming skills and knowledge of cloud architecture and API development have supported the development of a global ‘Essential Biodiversity Variable’ capability, along with the Landscape Opportunities and Options Calculator for Biodiversity (LOOC-B).

Chris joined CSIRO in 2014 while finishing his PhD in invasion ecology. This research combined biological sampling and DNA barcoding with modelling and experimental approaches to explore risks of non-indigenous species introduction and establishment in the Arctic. Chris is based in Hobart at CSIRO’s Sandy Bay site.

Current Roles

  • Technical lead
    Biodiversity co-benefits calculator project (CSIRO Digiscape FSP)

  • Technical lead
    Detecting change in essential biodiversity from citizen science initiatives (GEO BON and Microsoft)

  • Team member
    Perennial Prosperity (Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment)

  • Team member
    Habitat Condition Assessment System (Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment)

  • Team member
    Land and Ecosystem Accounts Project (Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment)

  • Team member
    Towards No Net Loss of Biodiversity Project (BHP)

Academic Qualifications

  • 2014

    PhD (Invasion ecology)
    University of Tasmania

  • 2008

    BSc Hons (Antarctic science)
    University of Tasmania