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CSIRO Research Group Leader Ecosystem Modelling and Risk Assessment, CSIRO

Beth Fulton obtained her BSc (with first class Honours jointly in Mathematics and Marine Biology) from James Cook University in Townsville in 1997 and her PhD on 'The effects of the structure and formulation of ecosystem models on model performance' at the University of Tasmania in 2000.

She joined CSIRO in 2001 as a postdoctoral Fellow, looking into robust indicators of the ecological effects of fishing. It was at this time she applied the lessons learnt in her PhD to begin the serious development of the ecosystem model Atlantis and to begin co-developing InVitro.

She was appointed to CSIRO as a research scientist in 2004, eventually taking up leadership of the ecosystem modelling and development team. She is now a CSIRO Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) Science Leader

Some recent career highlights include:

2010 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation
2007 Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year (part of the Australian Prime Minister's Science Prizes)
2004 Royal Society of Tasmania's award for outstanding PhD
2002 Dean's commendation for outstanding PhD by research, University of Tasmania


  • –present
    Head of Ecosystem Modelling CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, CSIRO


  • 2000 
    University of Tasmania, PhD
  • Hobart, Australia
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