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Jess Melbourne-Thomas

Transdisciplinary Researcher & Knowledge Broker, CSIRO

Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas is a Transdisciplinary Researcher and Knowledge Broker in the marine ecosystem modelling and risk assessment group based at CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere in Hobart. With a background in ecosystem science and marine ecosystem modelling, her current role is focused on helping to bridge the science-user-policy divide, as well as understanding how people make decisions, how they use information, and how best to communicate and engage regarding change and management for marine social-ecological systems. Jess was a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is a Theme Leader with the Centre for Marine Socioecology (


  • 2019–2024
    Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Environment


  • 2010 
    University of Tasmania, PhD