Dr Rodrigo Bustamante

Research Group Leader

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Dr Rodrigo Bustamante is a senior research scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Brisbane, Australia. Rodrigo has more than 30 year of experience as an experimental marine ecologist that has conducted ecological sciences and evidence-based coastal-marine research in Chile, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Ecuador (Galapagos Islands), and for the past decades, in Australia. He works at the interface of coastal-marine ecosystem conservation and the sustainability of natural resources. His works are aimed to supports the development of science-based environmental policies and its applied management. His current research includes implementation of spatial-explicit forms of ecosystem-based management applied to multiple-uses (fisheries, aquaculture, costal development, mining, etc.) in particular around the uses coastal-marine systems. Rodrigo also works on the interdisciplinary research needed to assess and incorporate likely impacts on marine and coastal biodiversity and its effects on human values, services and assets and industries sustentability. His focus is on developing decision-support and model-based integrated risk-based assessment systems that evaluate the likely trade-offs of adaptations and mitigations responses that range from natural variability, human-induced impacts to climate change affecting the oceans and coasts of Australia, the Asian and Latin American regions.

Other Interests

Boating, Fishing, Diving, Hiking, Camping, Cooking, Travelling, Movies. Books and Music

Current Roles

  • Research Group Leader
    Coastal Tropical

  • Principal Research Scientist

Academic Qualifications

  • 1994

    PhD (Zoology)
    Cape Town University

  • 1982

    BSc (Hon) Marine Biology & Technology
    Catholic University of Chile

Professional Experiences

  • 2000-present

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO Oceans and Atmospheric Research

  • 1994-2000

    Head of Department of Marine Research and Coastal Conservation
    Charles Darwin Research Station, Galapagos Island, Ecuador

  • 1990-1994

    Research Officer
    Zoology Department, University of Cape Town, South Africa

  • 1985-1988

    Research Assistant
    Department of Ecology, Catholic University of Chile, Chile

  • 1980-1983

    Research Assistant
    Department of Marine Biology and Technology, Catholic University of Chile, Talcahuano, Chile

Achievements and Awards

  • 2002-present

    Governing Member of the General Assembly of the Charles Darwin Foundation
    Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands

  • 2000-present

    Fellowship in Marine Conservation
    Pew Charitable Trust

  • 1994-1994

    South African “Purcell Memorial Prize” for the best Ph.D. Dissertation in Zoological Sciences
    Cape Town University, South Africa

  • 1992-1994

    Marine Biology Research Institute Postgraduate Scholarship
    Cape Town University, South Africa

  • 1989-1992

    South African Foundation for Research Development Doctoral Bursary
    South African National Research Foundation

  • 1988-1990

    University of Cape Town Foreign Students Scholarship
    Cape Town University, South Africa