Lead Councillor

Professor Gretta Pecl

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania

Gretta Pecl is a Professor of marine ecology at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), and the Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology (CMS) at UTAS.

She has broad research interests, with a focus on understanding the impact of climate change on natural systems, and developing adaptation options for conservation, fisheries and aquaculture. She has a particular interest in how climate change is leading to a climate-driven redistribution of life on earth - literally changing what species live where.

Gretta is a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and has a strong passion for science communication and engagement with the public. She has a particular fondness for all things cephalopod- squid, octopus and cuttlefish.

"Biodiversity is critical not only for healthy ecosystem structure and function, but also for food security, human health, livelihoods, and human culture. "As the planet warms, climate change is now altering where species can live leading to massive changes in the distribution of plants and animals around us. "I'm part of Biodiversity Council as I understand how critical these changes are and I want to have a role in helping the public understand this too," - Professor Gretta Pecl


The Biodiversity Council acknowledges the First Peoples of the lands and waters of Australia, and pays respect to their Elders, past, present and future and expresses gratitude for long and ongoing custodianship of Country.

The Biodiversity Council is an independent expert group founded by 11 Australian universities to promote evidence-based solutions to Australia’s biodiversity crisis. It is hosted by The University of Melbourne. It receives funding from 11 university partners and The Ian Potter Foundation, The Ross Trust, Trawalla Foundation, The Rendere Trust, Isaacson Davis Foundation, Coniston Charitable Trust and Angela Whitbread.

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