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Rodrigo Bustamante

Research Group Leader, CSIRO

Dr Rodrigo Bustamante is a senior research scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Brisbane, Australia.

Rodrigo has more than 28 year of experience as an experimental marine ecologist that has conducted ecological sciences and evidence-based coastal-marine research in Chile, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Ecuador (Galapagos Islands), and for the past 18 years, in Australia.

He works at the interface of coastal-marine ecosystem conservation and the sustainability of natural resources. His works are aimed to supports the development of science-based environmental policies and its applied management.

His current research includes implementation of spatial-explicit forms of ecosystem-based management applied to multiple-uses, with fisheries and aquaculture in particular, in coastal-marine systems.

Rodrigo also works on the interdisciplinary research needed to assess and incorporate likely impacts on marine and coastal biodiversity and its effects on human values, services and assets. His focus is on developing decision-support and model-based integrated assessment systems that evaluate the likely trade-offs of adaptations and mitigations responses that range from natural variability, human-induced impacts to climate change affecting the oceans and coasts of Australia, the Asian region and Chile.


  • –present
    Research Group Leader , CSIRO
  • 1994–2000
    Head of department, Charles Darwin Research Station, Galapagos Is.


  • 1994 
    Cape Town University, South Africa, PhD, Zoology
  • 1984 
    Catholic University, Chile, BSc Hons , Marine Biology & Technology,


Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation 2000