Portrait of Dr Bruce Mapstone

Dr Bruce Mapstone, Chief of CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research.

Dr Bruce Mapstone: Chief, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research

Dr Bruce Mapstone believes outstanding science is essential to underpin Australia’s stewardship of the world’s third largest marine estate and to understand Australian responses to a changing climate.

  • 14 December 2010 | Updated 20 March 2013

Dr Bruce Mapstone took up his appointment as the Chief of CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in November 2009.

Research capability under Dr Mapstone's direction include:

  • earth, atmospheric and ocean observation and modelling
  • climate variability and change
  • fisheries and aquaculture
  • marine biology.

He has a track record of providing research and development (R&D) leadership and executive management across Australia over the last 20 years.

Dr Mapstone gained his Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Sydney, Australia, after which he spent 15 years leading research in tropical marine ecology, fisheries and sustainable ocean industries from Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

He moved to Tasmania in 2003 to become Chief Executive of the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre until 2008.

He led The Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR), a partnership between CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology, from November 2008 to November 2009.

Dr Mapstone has a strong interest in delivering research outputs to stakeholders beyond traditional research peer communities.

'There is a greater demand than ever for more detailed ocean data, understanding of marine biodiversity and resources, measurements of greenhouse gases, projections of rainfall and drought, shifts in marine biodiversity and simulations of future climate scenarios', said Dr Mapstone.

'The allocation of A$120 million to build a new blue water research vessel, a A$55 million enhancement of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System, and A$50 million for improved supercomputer facilities will give scientists new capabilities to deliver the research necessary to realise national benefits from our unique marine environment and respond to climate change with the best available information.

'These are some of the tremendously exciting signals that the highest quality research is generating valued results to inform policy in Government, industry and the community and indications that marine and atmospheric research has a great deal to offer to the Australian community', he said.

Dr Mapstone has a strong interest in delivering research outputs to stakeholders beyond traditional research peer communities.

He has chaired and served on several advisory committees to the Australian and State government agencies, mainly related to fisheries management, the Great Barrier Reef, and national Regional Marine Planning.

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