[ASC-media] CSIRO: Marine scientist named Life Scientist of the Year - Dr Beth Fulton

Rebecca.Eveleigh at csiro.au Rebecca.Eveleigh at csiro.au
Thu Sep 20 06:11:33 CEST 2007

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Marine scientist named Life Scientist of the Year

Dr Beth Fulton of the Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship has
been awarded the 2007 Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the

The award recognises Dr Fulton's outstanding achievements in marine
ecosystem modelling and her impact on understanding climate change and
managing the impacts of fishing.

Her work has had major international impacts on marine ecosystem science
and is shaping the new field of ecosystem-based management.

"I am greatly honoured to receive this award and to see the importance
of understanding and managing whole ecosystems recognised in this way,"
Dr Fulton said.
Dr Fulton's research involves identifying new directions in marine
ecosystem modelling and driving model development. She was the first
person to systematically explore the optimum level of complexity for
ecosystem models.

Atlantis, developed by Dr Fulton for whole of ecosystem modelling for
marine environments, is the only model in the world that gives equal
attention to the biophysical and human components of marine ecosystems.

Atlantis was rated world's best for strategic evaluation of marine
management issues by the Food and Agriculture Organisation in 2007 and
was the first model to be used to assess a whole of fishery management
plan from an ecosystem perspective.

Dr Fulton completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours at James Cook
University in 1997 and a PhD with the University of Tasmania and CSIRO
in 2001. 

Dr Fulton joined CSIRO as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2001 to study the
ecological effects of fishing and develop regional models to help
planners choose effective management strategies for Australian waters.
She currently leads a marine ecosystem modelling team based at CSIRO
Marine and Atmospheric Research in Hobart.

The Prime Minister's Prizes for Science are a national tribute to
excellent and dedicated work in Australian science and science teaching.

The Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year is awarded
to a scientist aged thirty-five years or younger to honour excellent
research and highlight that our early-stage career scientists are
producing world-class research.

Image available at: www.scienceimage.csiro.au/mediarelease/mr07-186.html

Podcast available at: www.csiro.au/multimedia/MarineModellingPocast.html

Further Information:
Dr Beth Fulton
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research	0417 570 118
beth.fulton at csiro.au 

Media Assistance:
Bryony Bennett
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research	0438 175 268
bryony.bennett at csiro.au 


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