Contact

Researcher
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies

IMAS Waterfront Building, 20 Castray Espl, Battery Point, Hobart Tasmania 7000

Email 
scott.ling@utas.edu.au
Phone 
+61 3 6226 2619

Person details

About

Current activities

NESP Biodiversity Hub "Project C2 - Continental-scale tracking of threats to shallow Australian reef ecosystems"

Chief Investigator - Strategic Marine Research Collaborative Agreement project “Early warning observing system for preventing Centrostephanus barrens

Chief Investigator - ARC Discovery Project “The contribution of marine herbivore/ human interactions to reef degradation”

 ARC Linkage Project, “Improving prediction of rocky reef ecosystem responses to human impacts”

 

Background

I am a Marine Ecologist with 19 years experience in conducting SCUBA-based field research. My research spans a broad range of marine biological investigations with a strong focus on issues of living-resource sustainability for reef ecosystems. Much of my work has focused on investigating the effects of human impacts on marine ecosystems such as climate change, fishing, pollution and the introduction of invasive species. Central to my interests is the identification of processes and dynamics leading to ecosystem collapse and understanding the potential recoverability of degraded systems. Importantly, my ongoing research findings have, and are, leading to the identification of management actions promoting sustainability of important ecosystem services.

 

Academic qualifications

Qualifications

  • QMS PhD in Quantitative Marine Science (2009, University of Tasmania)
  • Grad. Dip. Marine Science (2009, University of Tasmania)
  • Bachelor of Science in Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology with Honours (1st class) (University of Tasmania, 2000).

Professional appointments

  • 2016 – Current: Research Fellow (IMAS, UTAS)

ARC Linkage Project, “Improving prediction of rocky reef ecosystem responses to human impacts”

o Chief Investigator - Strategic Marine Research Collaborative Agreement project “Centrostephanus re-survey”

o Chief Investigator - ARC Discovery Project “The contribution of marine herbivore/ human interactions to reef degradation”

  • 2015 – Current: Lecturer in Marine Biology (IMAS, UTAS)

o Founder & Senior Lecturer of “XAS101 A Practical Introduction to Temperate Marine Biology”.

  • 2015 – 2016: Research Fellow (IMAS, UTAS)

o NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub, examination of pollutant impact on reef ecosystems & development of bio-indicators for State-of-the-Environment reporting.

  • 2015 - 2016: Research Fellow (CSIRO)

o NCCARF National Adaptation Network for Natural Ecosystems

  • 2015: Research Fellow (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University 2015 - 2017)

o Ecology Crown-of-Thorns Starfish

  • 2015: Lecturer (School of Biological Sciences, JCU)

o Coral Reef Ecosystems (MB3300)

  • 2011 - 2014: Research Fellow (IMAS, UTAS)

o Marine Experimental & Quantitative Ecologist

  • 2008 - 2010: Junior Research Fellow (Tasmanian Aquaculture & Fisheries Institute, UTAS)

o Marine Ecologist, broad-scale survey and experimental research

 

Membership of key national committees

  • 2016-2017: UTAS Connections Program &High Achievement Program Internal Working Groups (UTAS)
  • Life Member, Reef Life Survey (RLS) foundation
  • Member, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ALSO)
  • Member, Australian Marine Science Society (AMSA)
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