Dr Richard Matear

Dr Richard Matear

Dr Richard Matear: exploring ocean processes

Dr Richard Matear is a modeller specialising in the interaction of physical, chemical and biological processes in the oceans.

  • 13 October 2010 | Updated 14 October 2011

Current activities

Dr Richard Matear's research background reflects the multi-disciplined nature of current CSIRO climate science.

His recent research covers:

Dr Matear has participated in a number of research voyages to the Southern Ocean.
  • acidification of the Southern Ocean
  • suitability of Australia's ocean beds for sequestration of carbon
  • climate change impacts on Australian fisheries, aquaculture and marine biodiversity in reports for the Australian Government
  • carbon uptake by the Southern Ocean.


After working in the Canadian oil industry, Dr Matear studied oceanography and joined CSIRO in 1996 to help build earth system models, by contributing to carbon components of the ocean and land surface.

Dr Matear has participated in a number of research voyages to the Southern Ocean, and, more recently, to investigate carbon chemistry in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

Qualifications and achievements

Dr Matear was awarded an engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. In 1989, he earned his Masters in oceanography at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

He then completed his Doctor of Philosophy (1993) at the Institute of Ocean Sciences, Victoria, Canada, with a focus on carbon uptake in the ocean, authoring papers in his postdoctoral studies of carbon uptake in the north Pacific.

Dr Matear co-supervises four doctoral (PhD) students, contributes to the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, is involved in the CSIRO-University of Tasmania Quantitative Marine Science scheme and participates in the Australian Centre of Excellence for Climate Change Research at the University of New South Wales – all of which help to train future ocean and climate scientists.

He is also a member of several international and national bodies, including the:

  • Ocean Acidification Working Group of the international Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study/Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research
  • international working group on data assimilation into biogeochemical models.

He is an associated editor for Deep Sea Research.

Dr Matear has also published about 70 research papers and has been invited to present at international conference on topics such as:

  • ocean acidification
  • the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems
  • options to sequester carbon in the oceans.

Read more about CSIRO's research into The dynamic ocean.