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Principal research scientist, CSIRO

Dr Ben Hoffmann is a Principle Research Scientist with CSIRO Health & Biosecurity in Darwin, Northern Territory.

His main research interests are invasion ecology, managing invasive species, and general community ecology especially for sustainable land management (bioindication), and he has a particular research focus on ants.

He collaborates with many local and regional organisations to effectively manage invasive ant incursions, especially on Indigenous lands.

Dr Hoffmann is an invited member of the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group, represents CSIRO on the National Biosecurity Management Consultative Committee, and is on the scientific advisory committee for the Yellow crazy ant management program on Christmas Island.

In 2010, his collaboration with Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation and Rio Tinto against yellow crazy ant won the Gold Banksia Environmental Award, and the inaugural NAIDOC Caring for Country Award, and in 2011 also won a UN Association of Australia World Environment Day Award.


  • –present
    Principal research scientist , CSIRO


  • 2000 
    Northern Territory University, PhD