IMAS Senior Management Team

Professor Chris Carter

Professor Chris Carter is Interim Executive Director, IMAS. His ongoing role is as Centre Head of the IMAS Fisheries and Aquaculture Centre.

Professor Carter has a career long interest around fisheries, particularly aquaculture. At the University of Tasmania he was Professor of Aquaculture and Head of the School of Aquaculture before becoming Professor of Aquaculture Nutrition. He also leads the Experimental Aquaculture Facility (EAF) for large-salmon research and is a senior member of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs on rock lobster aquaculture. He was the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute Aquaculture Program leader for 10 years and the Education Program leader for two Cooperative Research Centres, the Aquafin CRC and the Australian Seafood CRC.

His research focuses on nutritional physiology with the aims of understanding how aquatic animals use and waste nutrients including amino acids, fatty acids, and minerals. This encompasses understanding climate change effects, growth under sub-optimum conditions and developing new ingredients and aquafeeds. He is very interested in global aquaculture systems including polyculture, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) and recirculation aquaculture systems (RAS).

Professor Carter is an alumnus of the University of London where he completed a BSc (Hons) in zoology at University College and a PhD in fish nutrition at Kings College. He has also studied marine biology at UCNW (now Bangor University) and has a PGCE from Bristol University. Prior to arriving at the University of Tasmania as a Lecturer in aquaculture nutrition, he was a Research Fellow at Aberdeen University.

Professor Craig Johnson

Craig is a marine community ecologist and 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 fieldwork, 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.

Associate Professor Catriona Hurd

Catriona is the Associate Head Research for IMAS, and Chair of the IMAS Research Committee.

She is internationally recognised for her research on seaweed eco-physiology - how macroalgae respond physiologically to changes in their environment – and has focussed on nitrogen and phosphorous metabolism, hydrodynamics and seaweed-invertebrate nutritional interactions.  Her recent work examines how seaweeds respond to multiple environmental stressors - global (ocean acidification, temperature) and local (copper pollution), and how they may be used to raise seawater pH and mitigate ocean acidification in coastal systems.  Catriona is lead author of the text book Seaweed Ecology and Physiology 2nd Edition (Hurd CL, Harrison PJ, Bischof K, Lobban CS, 2014) which won the 2015 Phycological Society of America Gerald Prescott Award.

Professor Neil Holbrook

Neil Holbrook is Professor of Climatology and Climate Change and Head of the Centre for Oceans and Cryosphere within IMAS.

Professor Holbrook is a Physical Oceanographer by training, and one of Australia's original National Greenhouse Advisory Committee (NGAC) PhD scholars graduating from the University of Sydney. His interests and expertise are in the ocean's role in climate, ocean and climate dynamics, climate variability, extremes, climate change, and systems science. He led Australia's National Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Marine Biodiversity and Resources [2009-2013]. Neil is President of the International Commission on Climate of IAMAS/IUGG and a Fellow of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.

Professor Caleb Gardner

Professor Gardner is a fisheries scientist, Director of the Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration Agreement (SMRCA) and Acting Head of the IMAS Centre for Fisheries and Aquaculture.

His research is mainly on high value invertebrate fisheries such as southern rock lobster and abalone. He has qualifications in both economics and biology, which interact in his research on commercial fisheries. His research on wild fisheries species generally have the objective of ensuring sustainable production and community benefit from Australia's fisheries. This has included the increased use of bioeconomic models in coastal fisheries for setting catches and assessing other regulations.

Dr Delphine Lannuzel

Delphine is a senior lecturer, Graduate Research Coordinator and Deputy Centre Head of the Ocean and Cryosphere Centre within IMAS.

Dr Lannuzel’s research lies in the fields of sea-ice biogeochemistry, trace elements, chemical oceanography, and environmental analytical chemistry. She is internationally regarded for her pioneering work on the iron cycle in sea ice.  Delphine uses a combination of field-based, experimental and modelling approaches to evaluate the effects of a changing icescape on the productivity of Antarctic waters.

Dr Andrew Bridle

Andrew is a senior lecturer in sustainable aquaculture as well as an aquatic animal health scientist, molecular biologist and the Deputy Centre Head for Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Dr Bridle applies his molecular biology expertise to aquatic animal health research on fish and crustacean immunology, vaccinology, aquatic microbiology and fish diseases. More broadly his research extends to molecular aspects of fish physiology and nutrition. An important aspect of his research is to improve the sustainable aquaculture of domestic and globally important aquaculture species such as Atlantic salmon and bluefin tuna and includes emerging aquaculture species such as the tropical rock lobster.

Dr Vanessa Lucieer

Vanessa is a marine spatial analyst and the Deputy Centre Head of the Ecology and Biodiversity Centre.

In particular her research focus is on the development of spatial analysis methods for translating remotely sensed data into information that be utilised to understand the spatial distribution of benthic marine habitats. The diversity of research projects that Vanessa engages in is a reflection of the multidisciplinary nature of marine surveying. Marine surveying is a foundation discipline that generates knowledge to answer specific questions about understanding our marine environment.

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
July 26, 2018