Chris Wilcox is a principal research scientist with CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere, based in Hobart, Tasmania. He’s the leading scientist in our IUU collaboration project and co-lead in the marine debris project. 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 fishing. His work integrates field data, statistical analysis and predictive models to synthesize information to support decision-making.
Chris has worked with NGOs, government and private enterprise over a 23 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 PhD in ecology and conservation biology. Since joining CSIRO in 2005, his research has included biodiversity offsets, population estimation, analysis of satellite tracking data, optimisation of feral eradication, management of fisheries, reserve design and management. He currently co-leads two large research programs, focused on the ecological impacts of marine debris and the development of analytical tools for tackling illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.