Recognised for her pioneering work in marine ecosystems modelling, Dr Elizabeth (Beth) Fulton, has been inducted as a Fellow into the Australian Academy of Science.
As a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Dr Fulton takes her place among the nation's most distinguished scientists, elected by her peers for her ground-breaking research with clear impact.
“I’m very grateful, honoured and humbled to be admitted into the Academy,” Dr Fulton said.
“They are an astounding group of people to be among.”
Dr Fulton led the development of Atlantis, one of the world’s first ecosystems models to consider the marine environment, the food web and the people all in one go, providing a tool used in fisheries management over the last two decades.
“By helping advance ecosystem-based fisheries management approaches my science has helped provide healthier and more resilient ecosystems and more sustainable fisheries in Australia and around the world.”
The United Nations rated Atlantis as the best ecosystem model in the world for looking at alternative management strategies for fisheries, and regional versions are being used in management strategy evaluation for more than 50 ecosystems in a wide range of places.
Her systems-based approach uses maths to describe the world, evolving over time as more layers of complexity are added to create more complete models.
Dr Fulton’s research is now being applied to many other questions related to marine ecosystems and the blue economy. These include new industries like ocean renewable energy and impacts of noise and light pollution.
She is also leading work investigating adaptation options to mitigate the impacts of climate change on ocean ecosystems, providing new perspectives linking management across coastlines from land to sea.
Dr Fulton also works to support ‘knowledge corridors’ between First People’s knowledge and Western science; a collaborative approach which will help shape future decisions affecting marine and coastal ecosystems become more inclusive, equitable and sustainable.
Dr Fulton is one of 22 new Fellows announced today.
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