Dr Aleks Terauds: BSc (Hons), PhD

Research interests

I focus on research that integrates the strategic priorities of the Australian Government and influences environmental policy and management at national and international levels.

My research is largely applied, with a strong focus on improving and delivering environmental protection and achieving conservation outcomes in Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and the sub-Antarctic.

I currently lead the Integrated Digital East Antarctica Program (IDEA). IDEA is a new initiative that will support the data-driven future of Antarctic and Southern Ocean science.


Current projects

Australian Antarctic Science projects

  • #4636: Sustainable Management of Antarctic Krill and Conservation of the Krill-based Ecosystem
  • #4619: Macquarie Island Wildlife Monitoring Program: strategic monitoring for applied conservation and management

Securing Australia’s Environmental Future (SAEF) projects

Key outcome areas
  • Australian Government Antarctic Policy and Strategy
  • The Antarctic Treaty’s Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP)
  • Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM)
  • Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)
Collaborations & representations
  • Adjunct Associate Professor – Queensland University of Technology
  • Adjunct Senior Research Fellow – Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania

Lee, J. R., Terauds, A, … & Chadès, I. (2022). Threat management priorities for conserving Antarctic biodiversity. PloS Biology, 20(12), e3001921.

Hughes, K. A., Santos, M, … & Terauds, A. (2022). Ant-ICON-‘Integrated Science to Inform Antarctic and Southern Ocean Conservation’: a new SCAR Scientific Research Programme. Antarctic Science, 1–10.

Keith, D. A., Ferrer-Paris, J. R., …Terauds, A.,... & Kingsford, R. T. (2022). A function-based typology for Earth’s ecosystems. Nature, 610(7932), 513–518.

Bird, J. P., Terauds, A.,., … & Shaw, J. D. (2022). Generating unbiased estimates of burrowing seabird populations. Ecography, e06204.

Wauchope, H. S., Shaw, J. D., & Terauds, A. (2019). A snapshot of biodiversity protection in Antarctica. Nature communications, 10(1), 1–6.

Lee, J. R., Raymond, B., …, & Terauds, A. (2017). Climate change drives expansion of Antarctic ice-free habitat. Nature, 547(7661), 49–54.

See more of Dr Terauds’ publications on Google Scholar.

  • 2018 International Polar Mentorship Award – Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)
  • 2006 Whitley Book Awards, Winner – Best Natural History Publication in Australia