Dr Alistair Hobday: understanding climate impacts on living marine systems

  • 7 February 2011 | Updated 14 October 2011

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History

Publishing History

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Current activities

Dr Alistair Hobday is a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research.

His research spans a range of topics, including:

  • spatial management and migration of large pelagic species
  • environmental influences on marine species
  • the impacts of climate change on marine resources.

He currently leads the Marine Climate Impacts area within the CSIRO Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship, and has been co-editor of two recent reports on the impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture, and Australian marine life.

In addition to his climate research, Dr Hobday has co-led the development of risk assessment methods for assessing the ecological sustainability of Australia's fisheries.

He is co-chair of the international Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems Research (IMBER) program Climate Impacts on Top Ocean Predators (CLIOTOP).

His current projects are:

  • Climate Impacts on Pelagic and Tropical Ecosystems
  • Ecological Risk Assessment for the Effects of Fishing
  • Spatial Global Interactions among juvenile SBT: a large scale archival tag experiment
  • Habitat prediction for spatial management in the Eastern Tuna & Billfish Fishery (ETBF)
  • Determining Ecological Effects of Longline Fishing in the ETBF.
    Dr Hobday is the Leader of the Marine Climate Impacts and Adaptation Stream.

Academic qualifications

Dr Hobday has completed a: 

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biological Science at Stanford University, USA 
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA.

He has also held a National Research Council Postgraduate Fellowship at the Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory in Monterey, California, USA.

Selected publications

Hobday AJ. 2010. Ensemble analysis of the future distribution of large pelagic fishes in Australia. Progress in Oceanography. doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2010.04.023

Poloczanska ES, Babcock RC, Butler A, Hobday AJ, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Kunz TJ, Matear R, Milton D, Okey TA, Richardson AJ. 2007. Climate Change and Australian Marine Life. Oceanography and Marine Biology Annual Review. 45: 409 –480.

Hobday AJ, Hartmann K. 2006. Near real-time spatial management based on habitat predictions for a longline bycatch species. Fisheries Management & Ecology. 13(6): 365-80.

Poloczanska ES, Hobday AJ, Richardson AJ. (eds). 2009. Report Card of Marine Climate Change for Australia 2009 [1.50 MB PDF, external link], NCCARF Publication 05/09. ISBN 978-1-921609-03-9.

Hobday AJ, Poloczanska ES, Matear R. 2008. Implications of Climate Change for Australian Fisheries and Aquaculture: A preliminary assessment, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. Report to the Department of Climate Change, Canberra, Australia. August 2008.