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Dr Chris Wilcox

Senior Principal Research Scientist


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Chris Wilcox is a research scientist with CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, stationed in Hobart, Tasmania. His research covers a wide range of topics in population management including control of invasive species, conservation of threatened biodiversity, and management of commercial and recreational harvesting. His work integrates field data, statistical analysis and predictive models to synthesize information to support decision-making.

He has worked with NGOs, government and private enterprise over a 25-year career as a professional biologist to develop cost effective solutions to natural resource management problems. Originally from the USA, he has a Masters degree and a Ph.D. in ecology and conservation biology.

Chris has been in Australia for 15 years, first working in the Great Artesian Basin on effects of groundwater withdrawal for mining on wetland ecosystems. Since coming to CSIRO in 2005, his research has included biodiversity offsets, population estimation, analysis of satellite tracking data, optimization of invasive species eradication, management of fisheries, reserve design and management, and most recently understanding the impacts of marine debris.

His research is currently focused in two primary areas: a) evaluation of sources, impacts and solutions for plastic pollution in the ocean; and b) development of improved analytical tools for addressing illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing. For further details on the plastic pollution work, see

Academic Qualifications

  • 2002

    University of California, Santa Cruz

  • 1990

    Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
    The University of Kansas

  • 1996

    University of California, Davis

  • 1991

    Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.)
    University of Kansas

Professional Experiences

  • 2005-Current

    Research Scientist

  • 2002-2005

    ARC Research Fellow
    University of Queensland

  • 2000-2002

    Ecological Modeller
    US Fish and Wildlife Service

  • 1997-2002

    Wildlife Biologist
    The Nature Conservancy

  • 1996-2002

    Wildlife Biologist
    KEA Environmental Consultants

  • 1992-1995

    Postgraduate Researcher
    University of California, Davis

  • 1991-1992

    Wildlife Biologist
    Western Ecological Services

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