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Peter Macreadie

Professor Peter Macreadie is global leader in environmental science. He is Founder and Director of the Blue Carbon Lab ( where he leads a team of 40 scientists using nature to help mitigate climate change and promote a sustainable economy. Peter is committed to translating science into real-world action and bringing partners along on the journey (incl. governments, corporates, traditional owners, communities). He and his team are tackling big issues facing people and planet, including: blue carbon, teal carbon, citizen science, ecosystem restoration, aquatic biosecurity, natural capital accounting, eco-tourism, biodiversity, fisheries, microplastics, seaweeds, coastal protection, and decommissioning of offshore oil and gas infrastructure. Peter’s approach to research is trans-disciplinary, spanning the fields of chemistry, ecology, social science, microbiology, environmental economics, policy, and molecular biology. Peter is actively involved in translating science into policy; he has sat on multiple industry and government (national and international) boards and expert working groups. He has published >200 scientific papers, including top journals such as Science, Nature Climate Change, One Earth, Nature Ecology and Evolution, The Lancet Planetary Health, PNAS and Global Change Biology. Peter has attracted >$35M in research funding and received >30 awards and fellowships in recognition of his and his team’s contribution to science, including: the 2023 Frontiers Planet Prize National Champion (Australia); the 2020 Premier's Sustainability Award (Victoria); the 2019 Australian Financial Review Award for Industry Engagement; the 2017 Deakin Vice Chancellor's Mid-Career Research Award; and the 2015 David Syme Prize for ‘best original research in Australia undertaken in the previous two years in Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Geology’. Peter is a proud father of three.


Peter Macreadie
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