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Dr. Neil Hutchinson

Dr. Neil Hutchinson

Dr. Neil Hutchinson

Senior Lecturer, Environmental Science


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), in Marine Ecology, The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong S.A.R.) 1996-2000
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), in Environmental Biology, The University of Sunderland (UK) 1992–1995

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Dr Neil Hutchinson coordinates the Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science degree program at the Singapore campus of James Cook University (JCU) and conducts research examining the ecology of coastal marine communities. During his career he has worked at a wide range of institutions including universities, government research laboratories and NGO’s, providing research and information to a variety of stakeholders.

He has worked on rocky shore communities in Hong Kong and Japan, has used underwater video systems to study fish populations in seagrass beds in temperate Australia and tracking technology to examining the relationships between predatory fish and their prey and habitat requirements in Europe and Micronesia.

He believes that hands-on experience is vital for students to develop a well-rounded understanding of environmental science.

Research Interests

Dr Hutchinson research interests lie in the area of marine community ecology.  His research is founded on fundamental ecological theories and concepts, producing results that have the potential to be applied in other fields such as conservation biology.

One of his current projects is examining the distribution of bamboo sharks around Singapore, more details of which can be found here: https://www.cmesl.org/sharks/