Dr Xavier Hoenner
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
Xavier graduated from a Master’s degree in marine ecology from Paris University in 2007, after an internship researching the genetic diversity of corals at Reunion Island. Following a year spent working on marine turtles in French Polynesia, Xavier moved to Darwin to undertake a PhD studying the movement and at-sea behaviour of hawksbill sea turtles nesting on Groote Eylandt, an Indigenous protected area in the remote Northern Territory of Australia.
In 2012, after completing his PhD, Xavier moved to Hobart and started working for the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) as a data scientist, with a particular focus on managing animal tracking data. His role was to look after the Australian acoustic telemetry database and produce research arising from this collaborative research infrastructure. Xavier has expertise in QC protocols for biologging data, having developed Australia’s QC algorithm for acoustic telemetry data, and contributed to the development of algorithm to correct oceanographic measurements collected by animal-borne satellite tags for IMOS. His research interests are in spatial ecology of commercial and endangered marine species, fisheries science, and more generally analysing large scientific datasets requiring strong quantitative skills. In April 2019, Xavier joined the CSIRO IUU team as a research scientist focusing on developing analytical tools to identify vessel activity using VMS data and other technologies.