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Dr Karen Evans

Principal Research Scientist


Dr Karen Evans is a Team Leader and principal research scientist with CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere based in Hobart, Tasmania. She is involved in research focused on improving scientific understanding of the state of marine ecosystems and delivering information that can help guide the sustainable management of marine species and ecosystems, particularly in relation to national and international fisheries and threatened, endangered and protected species (TEPS). Karen’s expertise and reputation has seen her contribute to the leadership of two National State of the Environment reports, the United Nations Regular Process for an Integrated Global Assessment of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects, the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea and the World Meteorological Organisation Joint CAgM/JCOMM Task Team on Weather, Climate and Fisheries. She was a member of the Executive Planning Group and interim Decade Advisory Board for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and a past co-chair of the International Marine Biosphere Research Project's Regional Programme Climate Impacts on Top Predators (CLIOTOP). She is currently joint coordinator of the third United Nations World Ocean Assessment, co-chair of Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) Biology and Ecosystems Panel and an associate editor of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences and continues to provide advice to the UN Decade of Ocean Science, Australian delegations to various UN processes and the National Marine Science Committee.