Dr Colin Southwell - ecologist
Dr Colin Southwell: BSc (Hons), PhD
I have been working with the Australian Antarctic Division since 1994. My primary research interests lie in providing scientific input to sustainable management of populations and ecosystems; the development of cost-effective methods for large-scale monitoring of wildlife populations; and the development of optimal and effective designs for the detection of and attribution of cause to long-term change in the Southern Ocean ecosystem. I currently lead a research program that contributes to the CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Program (CEMP) and to the assessment of seabird status and trends across East Antarctica. I have been a member of the Australian delegation to the CCAMLR Working Group on Ecosystem Monitoring and Management since 2002.
From 1994 to 2000 I led the Australian Antarctic Division’s contribution to the international Antarctic Pack Ice Seals program, which culminated in a circumpolar survey of pack-ice seal distribution and abundance. I was a member of the SCAR Group of Specialists on Seals from 1996 to 2004, and am currently a member of the IUCN Pinniped Specialist Group. Prior to joining the Australian Antarctic Division, I worked with the Federal Environment Department on management of harvested kangaroo species across Australia.
- Adélie penguin research and monitoring in support of the CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Project (#2205)
- Predator research survey and monitoring in support of CCAMLR's management of the krill fishery (#2722)
- CCAMLR Working Group on Ecosystem Monitoring and Management
- IUCN Pinniped Specialist Group
Key outcome areas
- Adélie penguin population dynamics (Australian Antarctic Magazine 17: 6-7, 2009)
- The International Antarctic Pack Ice Seals Program [PDF] (2006 SCAR report)
- Testing the krill surplus hypothesis (Australian Antarctic Magazine 9: 16-17, 2005)
- CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Program reviewed (AAM 6: 39-40, 2004)
- Adélie penguin monitoring program
See Dr Southwell's publications on ResearchGate.