Research Director, CSIRO
Ian Cresswell is a CSIRO Research Director leading biodiversity and landscape science for the management of the environment, while ensuring broader economic and social benefit. He has extensive experience working in environment both nationally and internationally; including in reserve planning, fisheries/wildlife regulation, protected areas and biodiversity discovery.
Ian has worked extensively on protected areas, including the development of the National Reserve System and the National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas (NRSMPA) in the 1990s. Working collaboratively with leading scientists from all jurisdictions he developed the Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia (IBRA) and the Integrated Marine and Coastal Regionalisation for Australia (IMCRA), as well as the Collaborative Australian Protected Area Database (CAPAD). These tools standardised conservation assessment throughout Australia.
Ian is actively involved in major multi-institutional collaborations such as the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and the Atlas of Living Australia, and maintains a research interest in mangroves and coastal systems.