Dr Tony Worby

Director Oceans And Atmosphere

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Biography

Dr Tony Worby was appointed as Director of CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere in August 2017.

Prior to this appointment he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (2014-17) and before that he was the Deputy Chief (Marine) with CSIRO's Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research (2011-14).

Dr Worby's research background is in Antarctic science, with a particular focus on understanding the role of Antarctic sea ice in the global climate system. He completed his undergraduate studies at Flinders University (SA), with majors in oceanography and meteorology, before moving to the Tasmania to complete a PhD at the University of Tasmania and pursue a career in polar science. He worked for 20 years as an active research scientist with the Australian Antarctic program, and has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He has visited Antarctica 17 times and participated in many marine science voyages as Voyage Leader or Chief Scientist.

Dr Worby is now Chair of Australia's National Marine Science Committee and provides expert advice to the Australian government's participation in the High Level Panel for Ocean Sustainability. He is a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the Steering Committee for the Global Ocean Observing System and the Tasmanian Government's Advisory Group on Antarctic Affairs. He also serves as the primary point of contact for CSIRO on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dr Worby was a Fulbright Scholar at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Centre in Washington DC in 2000. On his return to Australia he held the post of National President of the Fulbright Alumni Association for 5 years and was instrumental in the development of the Tasmanian Fulbright state scholarship program.