Dr Leo Dutra


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Biography

Dr Leo Dutra is a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO with multi-disciplinary expertise linking ecological processes, stakeholder engagement, governance and decision-making to support resource management, conservation and adaptation. He has a BSC (Honours) in Biology, MSC in Marine Geology, and PhD in Ecological Economics. Between 1998 and 2004 Leo was involved in a number of research projects in Brazil looking at the ecology of marine organisms, Present and Past (Holocene) climate change impacts on coral reefs, and effects of sedimentation on reef corals. In 2004 Leo came from Brazil to Australia to do his PhD at the Centre for Ecological Economics and Water Policy Research at the University of New England looking at coral reef management issues in Timor-Leste.

Since then and after joining CSIRO in 2008, he gained extensive experience in the fields of fisheries and coastal management, marine conservation, water quality management from catchments to coastal waters, adaptive management, modelling, participatory approaches, stakeholder engagement, governance and decision-making processes. He worked in projects in iconic Kakadu National Park and the Great Barrier Reef, South East Queensland and, more recently in Torres Strait. Between 2015 and 2017 Leo took leave from CSIRO to lecture and research at the University of the South Pacific (Fiji). He taught courses related to coral reef ecology, marine spatial planning and marine geology and ran a research program looking at coral reef socio-ecological systems in Fiji.

Leo has led and participated in project teams that have tackled complex ecological, fisheries, climate change and coastal zone management issues in Brazil, East-Timor, Australia and Fiji. He has developed and applied methods to understand social, ecological, economic and governance system interactions to effectively link science, knowledge systems and resource management.

Current Roles

  • Deputy Program Leader, Blue Economy CRC
    Sustainable Offshore Developments

  • Co-Leader
    GBR CSIRO Climate Adaptation Working Group (2019-Present)

  • Governance mapping and analyses
    Ecosystem-based fisheries management indicators and guidelines (Lenfest) (2017-Present)

  • Principal Investigator
    Climate variability and change relevant to key fisheries resources in the Torres Strait (2019-Present)

  • Member of science committee / Pacific Engagement
    Climate Change and Agriculture in the Asia Pacific Region – Knowledge, Risks, and Opportunities: A Scoping Study (2019-Present)

  • Modeller
    Ecological Modelling of the impacts of water resources on the Northern prawn fishery (2019-Present)

  • Modeller
    Adaptation of commonwealth fisheries management (2017-Present)

  • Modeller
    Developing MICE for Resilience and Restoration Applications (2019-Present)

  • Scientific Diver / Survey analyses
    Torres Strait Rock Lobster and bêche-de-mer surveys (2018-Present)

Academic Qualifications

  • 2008

    PHD
    Centre for Ecological Economics & Water Policy Research, University of New England, Armidale

  • 2003

    MSC (Geology: Coastal and Sedimentary Geology)
    Federal University of Bahia, Brazil

  • 2000

    BSC (Biological Sciences, Honours)
    Federal University of Bahia, Brazil

Professional Experiences

  • 1997-2002

    Research Assistant
    Research Centre of Geophysics and Geology, Geosciences Institute - Federal University of Bahia, Brazil

  • 2003-2004

    Research Fellow
    Research Centre of Geophysics and Geology, Geosciences Institute - Federal University of Bahia, Brazil

  • 2004-2007

    Research Assistant / PhD candidate
    Centre for Ecological Economics and Water Policy Research, University of New England, Armidale, Australia

  • 2008-2011

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere

  • 2011-Present

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere

  • 2015-2017

    Senior Lecturer
    School of Marine Studies, The University of the South Pacific

  • 2017-Present

    Adjunct Senior Lecturer
    School of Marine Studies, The University of the South Pacific

  • 2018-Present

    Research Associate
    Centre for Marine Socioecology, University of Tasmania

Achievements and Awards

  • 2014-2014

    Research Recognition Award
    CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere

  • 2016-2016

    USP Research Award
    The University of the South Pacific

Other highlights

  • 2009-2010

    Acting Integrated Coastal Zone Management Team Leader (2009-2010)

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2009-2011

    Deputy Fire Warden

  • 2008-2011

    Convener - CSIRO Catchment to Coast Community of Practice

Publications

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