Carole Durussel

Carole Durussel obtained her PhD from the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) of the University of Wollongong (UOW) in 2015. Her thesis: Challenges in the Conservation of High Seas Biodiversity in the Southeast Pacific examines the adequacy of the regional legal and institutional framework of the Southeast Pacific to address the conservation of high seas biodiversity. Whilst emphasising the importance of the regional level for the conservation of high seas biodiversity, Dr. Durussel's thesis identifies key challenges and shortcomings faced by the Southeast Pacific region in inter-institutional cooperation and in the implementation of globally agreed biodiversity conservation measures. This is the first study of its kind with a focus on RFMO governance from a high seas biodiversity conservation perspective. It is also the first comprehensive regional study focusing on evaluating institutional interplay management, cooperation between RFMOs and regional seas organisations, and the incorporation of biodiversity obligations in RFMOs within one region.

Prior to her PhD studies, Dr. Durussel 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). GOBI is an international partnership aiming to help with the identification of ecologically or biologically significant areas (EBSAs) in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction. The identification of EBSAs is based on the 2008 scientific criteria adopted at the ninth Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn, Germany.

Research interests:

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


Durussel, C.C. (2015). ‘Challenges in the Conservation of High Seas Biodiversity in the Southeast Pacific’. Doctor of Philosophy thesis. Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong. 485 p.

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: 3 February, 2017