Dr Chris Gillies has worked across the science and conservation sectors in both aquatic and terrestrial environments but his true passion is the ocean. He was formerly the Director of Science at Earthwatch Australia, where he managed the scientific program across their expedition and citizen science portfolio. He has served as an invertebrate ecologist for both state and federal government environmental agencies and several consultancies. Chris’s doctoral research focused on Antarctic shallow-water marine food webs and his later research includes coastal climate change, impacts of marine debris and shellfish reef ecology. He is a three-time summer Australian Antarctic expeditioner.
As our Oceans Program Lead, Chris leads our work to protect and restore healthy marine ecosystems across southern Austrailia from Perth, Western Australia to Noosa, Queensland.
Chris has a PhD in marine ecology from Southern Cross University. He commenced working at TNC in 2014 and works from our Melbourne office.