Professor Chad L Hewitt


Qualifications: BA UC Berkeley, PhD Oregon

About Chad

Professor Chad Hewitt was previously the Dean of the School of Science in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and is now a Research Professor. 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 with specific interests in risk perception, risk assessment and risk communication.

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 (2018). 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

  • Campbell, M. L., & Hewitt, C. L. R. (2018). Which values do non-native marine species affect? A case-study exploration of perceived values at threat in Micronesia. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5, 14 pages. doi:10.3389/fmars.2018.00247

  • Diaz, S., Pascual, U., Stenseke, M., Martin-Lopez, B., Watson, R. T., Molnar, Z., . . . Shirayama, Y. (2018). Assessing nature's contributions to people. Science, 359(6373), 270-272. doi:10.1126/science.aap8826

  • Campbell, M. L., Bryant, D. E. P., & Hewitt, C. L. (2017). Biosecurity messages are lost in translation to citizens: Implications for devolving management to citizens. PLoS ONE, 12(4), e0175439. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0175439 Open Access version:

  • Campbell, M. L., Heppenstall, L. D., Hendry, R., Martin, R., Sørensen, S., Rubenstein, A. N., & Hewitt, C. L. (2017). Niche partitioning of intertidal seagrasses: Evidence of the influence of substrate temperature. New Phytologist, 14 pages. doi:10.1111/nph.14944 Open Access version:

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Contact Details

Room: FG.1.02
Phone: +64 7 838 4386
Cellphone: +64 22 066 9848