IMAS Senior Management Team

Professor Richard Coleman

Professor Coleman is Executive Director, IMAS and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Collaborations and Infrastructure) in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Tasmania.

He also is Director of the Antarctic Gateway Partnership, which last November was awarded Australian Research Council funding of $24 million over three years. This is a capacity-building development that will further enhance Tasmania as a global leader in Antarctic and Southern Ocean science and a gateway for Antarctic research, education, innovation and logistics.

His research covers the areas of geodesy, physical oceanography and glaciology, focusing on understanding the role of the oceans and cryosphere in the global climate system using observations, theory and modelling.

In a career as a researcher and academic spanning more than 30 years, Professor Coleman has held positions at The University of NSW, the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University; and The University of Sydney.

From July 2009 to September 2012, he was Executive Director (Physical, Mathematical and Information Sciences) at the Australian Research Council, responsible for delivery of policy and programs to fund and advance Australian research. The research projects involved the use of satellite altimeter data to improve our understanding of ocean change and variability, especially in the Southern Ocean

Professor Nathan Bindoff

Nathan Bindoff is Professor of Physical Oceanography and the Centre Head of the Oceans and Cryosphere Research Centre He has a background in Earth Sciences (PhD in Earth Sciences, Australian National University).

Professor Bindoff is also a physical oceanographer, specializing in ocean climate and the earth's climate system, with a focus on understanding the causes of change in the oceans. He was the coordinating lead author for the ocean chapter in the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report and Fifth Assessment reports. Professor Bindoff and colleagues documented some of the first evidence for changes in the oceans in the Indian, North Pacific, South Pacific and Southern Ocean's and the first evidence of changes in the Earths hydrological cycle from ocean salinity. His most recent work is on documenting the decline in oxygen content of the oceans and dynamics of the Southern Ocean.

Professor Chris Carter

Professor Carter joined IMAS as Professor of Aquaculture Nutrition in 2009 and became Centre Head of Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2013.

He was previously Professor of Aquaculture at the University after arriving in 1994 as a Lecturer in Fish Nutrition. Prior to his move to Australia he conducted research on the nutritional physiology of fish as a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen and PhD student at Kings College London. Chris has had various positions in Australian aquaculture education and research including Aquaculture Program Leader for the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute for 10 years, Head of the School of Aquaculture, and Education Program leader for the Aquafin Cooperative Research Centre and Australian Seafood CRC. He is currently a member of the team leading the Commercial Development of Rock Lobster Culture Systems and the Experimental Aquaculture Facility for salmon research.

Professor Craig Johnson

Craig is a marine community ecologist and is Centre Head of the Ecology and Biodiversity Centre.

His research is broadly concerned with the dynamics of temperate and tropical reef communities and Antarctic pelagic systems, as well as the science that underpins responsible management of marine systems. Craig works about equally with marine animals and algae, and his research is divided between field work, strongly focused on conducting ecological experiments underwater, and building computer models of marine system dynamics. His research is published in over 120 peer-reviewed publications including two edited books.

Tom Kinstler

Tom Kinstler

Tom Kinstler was appointed IMAS Business Manager in 2017. He has over 25 years experience in the corporate sector in various senior finance, administrative and management roles within the telecommunications, health, banking and consulting sectors. Prior to joining the University of Tasmania he worked for the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Western Australia.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UTAS, an MBA (Marketing) from UWA, is currently a member of CPA Australia and is a graduate of the Advertising Federation of Australia trainee programme.

Authorised by the Executive Director, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
January 8, 2018