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Richard Coleman

Professor Richard Coleman

Executive Director, IMAS
Pro-Vice Chancellor
(Research Collaborations and Infrastructure)

BSurv (1st Class Hons), PhD


Contact Details

Contact Campus Hobart CBD Campuses
Building IMAS Hobart Waterfront
Room Reference 211.A
Telephone +61 3 6226 2108

General Responsibilities

  • IMAS Deputy Director
  • Associate Dean (Research)
  • Pro Vice Chancellor (Research Collaborations and Infrastructure)

Research and Projects

Current research activities are in ice shelf dynamics, fracturing/calving processes, ice shelf-ocean interaction; global sea level from satellite altimetry, tide gauges and GPS. My main research activities are linked to the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre research programs.

Teaching Responsibilities


For a full list of publication go to


He has over 25 years' experience as a researcher and academic in the Australian university sector. He has held positions at the Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University, The University of Sydney, and from January 1993 at the University of Tasmania - where he also held a joint appointment with CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. 

From March 2004-July 2009, he was Professor of Marine Science and Director of the Centre for Marine Science at UTAS, and also the Director of the joint CSIRO-UTAS PhD Program in Quantitative Marine Science. 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, with more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

He has wide experience in graduate supervision, with some 32 completions, and he has served as Acting Dean of Graduate Research for about 1 year at the University of Tasmania.

Additional Information


  • Geodesy, GPS;
  • Glaciology, glacier mass balance, sea-level rise;
  • Ocean and climate change


He was Executive Director (Physical, Mathematical and Information Sciences) at the Australian Research Council for the period July 2009-Sept 2012.