seascape models

Chris Brown

The leader of the Seascape Models group.

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My research

Dr Brown researches solutions to the environmental crisis facing ocean ecosystems. His work has had impacts at the global policy scale and local management scale. He has worked on global climate impacts to the oceans, including contributing to an IPCC Assessment Report. At a regional scale, his work has informed the monitoring of Pacific Tuna fisheries, ‘catchment-to-coast’ management on Pacific Islands the management of coastal habitats.

He uses advances in statistics to synthesize ecological data and inform environmental decision making. As researcher leader on the Global Wetlands Program, he brings together an international team to map the status of coastal wetland habitats and provide a blueprint for their conservation.

Chris is an enthusiastic science communicator. He also enjoys teaching statistics and modelling to applied scientists, and particularly how to access data visualisation and modelling tools using the R program. Many of his R teaching materials are available free on this site.

Current research

Dr Brown will soon begin an ARC Future Fellowship on predicting unprecedented ecological futures.

Dr Brown also is research lead on the Global Wetlands Program a major new program of research looking at mapping the health of seagrass, mangroves and saltmarsh globally to inform on conservation actions.

Chris is leading a Discovery Project (2018-2020) Predicting interactive effects of multiple stressors on marine ecosystems. The team aims to develop new models that can make predictions reliable enough to inform management of ecosystems, and that are effective when data are limited.

Career history

2019 - 2021 Senior Lecturer, Coastal and Marine Research Centre, Australian Rivers Institute, School of Environment and Science, Griffith University

2016-2019 Australian Research Council - Discovery Early Career Research Award “Predicting fisheries change from cumulative impacts to fish habitats”, Griffith University

2015-2016 Research Fellow, working on ‘Ridge-to-reef fisheries management’, Griffith University

2012 – 2015 Postdoctoral Fellow – modelling responses of coral reef fisheries to marine protected areas, The Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland

2012 PhD, University of Queensland and CSIRO (2008 – 2011) Thesis: “Effects of climate change on marine ecosystems and potential management responses” Advisors: Assoc. Prof. A. Richardson, Prof. H. Possingham, Dr. E. Fulton.

2007 Honours Degree (1st class in Zoology, awarded best thesis 2007), University of Tasmania.

2004 Bachelor of Science, Major in Marine, Antarctic and Freshwater Biology, University of Tasmania.



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