Dr Elizabeth Brierley
Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Brierley works with the Australian Government, Department of the Environment and is currently working on secondment as an Oceans Analyst in the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, housed in the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat based in Suva, Fiji. She is also a senior fellow with the University of Wollongong having a special interest in the practical application of integrated oceans management in the regional context.
From 2001 to 2006, Dr Brierley worked with the Australian Government on fisheries issues, including Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing, resource sharing in the tuna and billfish fisheries and Australia’s early regional marine planning process. In 2007, Dr Brierley moved to the Department of the Environment to work on sustainability issues, including natural resource management, offshore petroleum environmental assessments and strategic environmental assessments.
Dr Brierley obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Melbourne in 1996 and a Bachelor of Antarctic Studies (Honours) from the University of Tasmania in 1997, where she studied the schooling behaviour of juvenile Australian salmon. Dr Brierley later worked on feeding behaviour studies with mysids and Antarctic krill. She transitioned into marine policy in 2001undertaking her PhD, supported by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, on the challenges for fisheries management under Australia’s Oceans Policy, where she proposed a toolbox for integrated oceans and conflict management.