GPO Box 1538, Hobart, Tasmania 7001, Australia
Karen leads the Pelagic Predator Ecology and Dynamics Team in the Marine Resources and Industries Research Program at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. She is involved in research focused on improving scientific understanding and developing options to improve marine resource management, particularly in relation to international fisheries and top predators. She currently leads projects investigating the stock structure of key tuna and billfish species across the western Pacific and is coordinating activities associated with climate impacts on the Great Barrier Reef and the UN led second World Ocean Assessment.
Karen's background has largely been focused on the movement, behaviour, foraging ecology and physiology of top order pelagic predators, including teleosts, cetaceans and seabirds, particularly in relation to anthropogenic impacts . She has lead and coordinated a number of projects providing inputs into international fisheries management throughout the Pacific and Southern Oceans, collaborated on a number of large regional programs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans and contributed research results to a number of regional management organisations, including the Commission for the Conservation of Bluefin Tuna, the Western and Central Pacific Tuna Commission and the International Whaling Commission. Her understanding of regional marine science has seen her lead and contribute to UN regular processes, including the first Global Integrated Marine Assessment of the Regular Process by the UN, the Coral Triangle Initiative and the national assessment of the marine environment for the Australian Government State of the Environment report.
Dr Evans attained her Bachelor of Science degree at James Cook University, Queensland and her honours and PhD at the University of Tasmania, Tasmania. She also holds a graduate diploma in Antarctic science from the University of Tasmania, Tasmania.
Membership of key national committees
Karen is chair the IMBeR regional programme Climate Impacts on Top Predators (CLIOTOP), is a member of the Group of Experts for the United Nations Regular Process for the Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, Including Socio-Economic Issues, is a scientific member on the Commonwealth Fisheries Marine Mammal Working Group, a member of the International Biologging Science Society Executive Committee and is an associate editor for the journal Proceeding of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Australia’s Environment Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, joined University of Tasmania scientists and volunteer divers on a Reef Life Survey at Tinderbox Marine Reserve south of Hobart today.
After the dive, the Minister joined UTAS Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen, at Hobart’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies to launch the Marine Biodiversity Hub, one of six hubs funded under the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP).
The NESP is a six-...
Wednesday 10 December 2014
The Australian Government has announced the successful organisations to lead research hubs under the $142.5 million National Environmental Science Programme (NESP). The programme will assist decision-makers to understand, manage and conserve Australia's environment by funding world-class biodiversity and climate science. This research will ensure decisions about managing Australia's biodiversity and environmental resources are made on the best available...