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Dr. Neil Hutchinson

Dr. Neil Hutchinson

Dr. Neil Hutchinson

Associate Professor - 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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Neil 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.

As a broadly trained marine ecologist, he has worked at a wide range of institutions including universities, government research laboratories and NGO’s, providing research services and information to a variety of stakeholders. He  advocates research  that has direct implications for conservation biology and fisheries management, resulting in publications specifically targeting the public to empower them as citizen scientists such as 1, 2.

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

Research Interests

His main, continuing, research objectives lie in the examination of interactions between species in intertidal and shallow coastal marine systems and how such relationships are influenced by environmental factors.  His research focuses on how fish utilize coastal habitats, such as mangroves and seagrass beds, and he is currently examining the ecology of mesopredators such as bamboo sharks.