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Robert Parker

Rob Parker

Mr Robert Parker

PhD Candidate


Contact Details

Contact Campus Off-Campus
Building Taroona
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Telephone +61 (0)3 6227 7250

General Responsibilities

Research and Projects

I came to Hobart from Nova Scotia to start my PhD in June 2012.  I'm studying the environmental and economic implications of energy use in Australian and global fisheries, with regards to rising oil prices, climate change, and carbon emissions and related regulations. More broadly, I am interested in the environmental impacts of food production systems and exploring ways to satisfy global demands for food security without overburdening environmental support systems. I am working with Drs Klaas Hartmann, Bridget Green, Caleb Gardner, and Reg Watson.  My research is funded by the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). My current projects include mapping global fuel inputs to fisheries, and surveying Australian and New Zealand rock lobster fishermen to model fuel consumption, identify efficiency improvement opportunities, and gauge industry concern around rising oil prices.


Parker, R.W.R., & Tyedmers, P.H. (in press). Fuel consumption of global fishing fleets: Current understanding and knowledge gaps. Fish and Fisheries.

Parker, R.W.R., Vázquez-Rowe, I., & Tyedmers, P.H. (in press). Fuel performance and carbon footprint of the global purse seine tune fleet. Journal of Cleaner Production.

Pelletier, N., André, J., Charef, A., Damalas, D., Green, B., Parker, R., Sumaila, R., Thomas, G., Tobin, R.,& Watson, R. (2014). Energy prices and seafood security. Global Environmental Change, 24, 30-41.

Parker, R.W.R., & Tyedmers, P.H. (2012). Life cycle environmental impacts of three products derived from wild-caught Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba). Environmental Science & Technology, 46(9), 4958-4965.

Parker, R.W.R., & Tyedmers, P.H. (2012). Uncertainty and natural variability in the ecological footprint of fisheries: A case study of reduction fisheries for meal and oil. Ecological Indicators, 16, 76-83.


  • CSIRO award for student presentation at Australian Society for Fisheries Biology meeting, Hamilton, New Zealand, 2013.
  • Master of Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Geography, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Additional Information


    Energy use in fisheries, carbon footprints, life cycle assessment


    Prior to IMAS, I completed a Master of Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University in Canada, where my thesis assessed the ecological footprint and life cycle environmental impacts of Antarctic krill fisheries. I also worked as a private environmental consultant for industry groups and NGOs before beginning my PhD.