ATSE new Fellow 2023

Alistair Hobday FTSE

Dr Alistair Hobday

Dr Alistair Hobday FTSE

Marine sustainability steward

Overseeing a diverse research portfolio as the research director for Sustainable Marine Futures, Dr Alistair Hobday is a multi-disciplinary ‘big thinker’. He is a world-renowned marine scientist whose research focuses on building ocean resilience under climate change.

Alistair developed a classification system for marine heatwaves and led the first marine heatwave forecasts for Australia now being used to prepare for the upcoming summer. His climate adaptation innovations span coral reef conservation to shy albatross breeding enhancement.

Alistair has also made important advancements in sustainable fisheries management. His approach to assessing ecological risks from fishing is used in more than 15 countries worldwide and by international bodies such as the Marine Stewardship Council. He has also developed seasonal ocean forecasts for fisheries and aquaculture, already deployed in the bluefin tuna fishery.