Carole Durussel


Carole Durussel holds a Diploma Degree in Marine Environmental Sciences from the Carl von Ossietzky Universität in Oldenburg, Germany. Her diploma thesis, undertaken at the NOAA National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, USA, was entitled ‘Characteristics of humpback whale habitat in the Scotia Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula’. Prior to her PhD studies at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), Carole worked at IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) first as a Research Assistant for the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel, for which she helped develop the first draft of a range-wide conservation plan for the critically endangered western gray whale population; then as a Project Officer, GIS for the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI), an international partnership aiming to help with the identification of ecologically or biologically significant areas (EBSAs) in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction based on the 2008 scientific criteria adopted at the ninth Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn, Germany. 

PhD Thesis Title: 

Challenges in the Conservation of High Seas Biodiversity in the Southeast Pacific 

PhD Supervisors:

Professor Robin Warner, Professor at ANCORS
Dr Pia Winberg, Honorary Fellow at UOW and CEO & Founder, Venus Shell Systems Pty. Ltd.

Research interests:

International Marine Environmental Law, Law of the Sea, High Seas, Biological Oceanography, Marine Mammal Science 


Durussel, C., Warner, R and Currie, D. ‘An International Instrument on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in Marine Areas beyond National Jurisdiction: Exploring Different Elements to Consider. Paper IX: Technology Transfer and Capacity Building’ (2014). German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation

Von Nordheim, H., Packeiser, T., Durussel, C. (2011). Auf dem Weg zu einem weltweiten Netzwerk von Meeresschutzgebieten – Towards a global network of marine protected areas, Natur und Landschaft, vol. 86, no. 9/10, pp. 382-387

Gjerde K. M., Von Nordheim H., Durussel C. (2011). Progress towards the development of a global network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). In: Henning von Nordheim, Jochen C. Krause and Katharina Maschner (Eds.). Progress in Marine Conservation in Europe 2009: Proceedings of the Symposium Stralsund, Germany, 2nd - 6th November 2009. BfN-Skripten 287. ISBN 978-3-89624-022-4 

Durussel, C. (2009). Characteristics of humpback whale habitat in the Scotia Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula. Diploma thesis. Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Oldenburg, Germany. 86 p.

Last reviewed: 1 July, 2015