Professor Chad L Hewitt

Dean of the School of Science

Qualifications: BA UC Berkeley, PhD Oregon

About Chad

Professor Chad Hewitt is the Dean of the School of Science in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. His research portfolio revolves around the role humans play in changing the natural world, particularly in marine systems, and how natural science can influence management and policy. He is recognised as a global expert on marine biological invasions and biosecurity governance at national and international levels.

He has previously worked in academia as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at CQUniversity, and led the development of the National Centre for Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability at the University of Tasmania/Australian Maritime College; in government as the Chief Technical Officer – Marine Biosecurity for the New Zealand Government, responsible for the management and implementation of the biosecurity system in the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone; and in the Australian CSIRO Marine Research in the Centre for Research on Introduced Marine Pests (CRIMP) as the Leader of the Invasion Processes Group. He is currently a member of the Australian Eminent Scientists Group providing science advice to the Australian Government on Import Risk Assessments.

Research Supervised


  • Salinas, Paola (in progress). Value and risk mapping: Creating effective conversation and resource management tools.

Teaching Commitments


Coastal Sciences; Coastal Zone Management; Ecology; Environmental Impacts; Environmental Policy and Politics; Environmental Risks; Marine

Biosecurity; Marine Bioinvasions; Risk Assessment

Recent Publications

  • Inti, K., Campbell, M., Hewitt, C., Dawson, T., & Collins, K. (2016). Introduced species risks of marine traffic arriving to the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR). In 9th International Conference on Marine BioInvasions. Conference held in Sydney, Australia.

  • King, S., Campbell, M., & Hewitt, C. (2016). Is marine debris a dispersal vector for Sabella spallanzanii?. In 9th International Conference on Marine BioInvasions. Conference held in Sydney, Australia.

  • Hewitt, C. L. R. (2016). Marine biosecurity in a changing world – how and why we should manage marine invasions. In ICES Annual Science Conference. Conference held in Riga, Latvia. Retrieved from

  • Ross, P., Cope, J., de Lange, W., Hewitt, C. L. R., Pilditch, C., Smith, S., . . . Williams, J. (2016). Kei hea nga toheroa? Whakahokia!. In The Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) & the New Zealand Ecological Society (NZES) Joint Conference. Conference held at Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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Contact Details

Room: F.1.04
Phone: +64 7 838 4386
Cellphone: +64 22 066 9848