Bob Creese

Research interests

  • Ecology of marine invertebrates & seaweeds
  • Sustainable use of aquatic resources
  • Aquatic pests
  • Monitoring & evaluating change in aquatic ecosystems


Bob Creese received his tertiary education at the University of Sydney, majoring in marine ecology. Following postdoctoral fellowships in New Zealand and the USA, Bob was appointed to the permanent academic staff at the University of Auckland in 1985. He was based at the University’s Leigh Marine Laboratory and conducted teaching and research in the fields of marine ecology, conservation biology and aquaculture. He had a long involvement with the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society (NZMSS) during that time and was awarded the NZMSS Award in 2000 for outstanding services to marine ecological research and postgraduate training in New Zealand.

Bob returned to Australia in 2000 and was appointed Research Leader for Aquatic Ecosystems research in 2004. The research within this unit covers a wide range of marine and freshwater topics including biodiversity assessments, threatened species, aquatic pests, habitat assessment and rehabilitation and ecosystem modelling. Bob’s direct involvement with this research effort is centred around aquatic components of the NSW Government’s MER program, particularly the marine theme.

Bob represents NSW on several national bodies including the Native Fish Advisory Panel (for the Murray Darling Basin Authority) and the Marine Biodiversity Working Group (for the Marine and Coastal Committee of the NRM Ministerial Council). He is on the Advisory Board for the Australian Rivers and Wetlands Centre at the University of NSW and holds an honorary research fellowship at Macquarie University.


  • BSc (Hons),
  • PhD. University of Sydney

Current projects

  • managing departmental research activities relating to aquatic biodiversity, habitats & ecosystems
  • developing indicators for natural resource assessment in marine and estuarine environments
  • coordinating the Marine Waters theme for the NSW Monitoring, Evaluation & Reporting (MER) strategy and the biotic component of the Estuarine & Coastal Waters theme
  • evaluating the ecological outcomes from zoning arrangements within Marine Protected areas.

Recent publications

Creese RG (2010) Class Polyplacophora, phylum Mollusca. In: Cook, S. de C (ed). New Zealand Coastal Marine Invertebrates, Volume One, pp 298-314. Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Creese RG (2010) Orders Docoglossa, Vetigastropoda and Neritopsida, class Gastropoda, phylum Mollusca. In: Cook, S. de C (ed). New Zealand Coastal Marine Invertebrates, Volume One, pp 321-354. Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Howell TD, Arthington AH, Pusey BJ, Brooks AP, Creese RG, Chaseling J (2010) Responses of fish to experimental introduction of structural woody habitat in riffles and pools. Restoration Ecology.

Astles K, West G & Creese RG (2010) Estuarine habitat mapping and geomorphic characterisation of the lower Hawkesbury river and Pittwater estuaries. NSW Fisheries Final Report Series No. 117, 229 pp.

Creese RG, Glasby TM, West G & Gallen C (2009) Mapping the estuarine habitats of NSW. NSW Fisheries Final Report Series No. 113, 94 pp.

Glasby TM & Creese RG (2007) Invasive Marine Species Management and Research. Chapter 22 in: Marine Ecology (S. Connell & B. Gillanders, eds). Oxford University Press. Pp 569-594.

Newton KL, Creese RG & Raftos R (2007) Spatial patterns of ascidian assemblages on rocky reefs in the Port-Stephens – Great Lakes Marine Park, NSW. Marine & Freshwater Research 58: 843-855.

Williams RJ, West G, Morrison N & Creese RG (2006) Estuarine Resources of NSW. Report prepared for the NSW Department of Planning, 61pp.

Forrest BM & Creese RG (2006) Benthic impacts of intertidal oyster culture, with consideration of taxonomic sufficiency. Environmental Monitoring & Assessment 112, 159-176.

Rayner TS & Creese RG (2006) A review of rotenone use for the control of non-indigenous fish in Australian fresh waters, and an attempted eradication of the noxious fish, Phalloceros caudimaculatus. NZ Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research 40: 477–486.

Glasby TM, Creese RG & Gibson PT (2005) Experimental use of salt to control the invasive marine alga Caulerpa taxifolia in New South Wales, Australia. Biological Conservation 122, 573-580.

Professional associations and activities

  • Honorary Life Membership of New Zealand Marine Sciences Society
  • Member, Australian Marine Sciences Association
  • Member, Australian Society for Fish Biology

Fields of research

  • 060204 Freshwater Ecology
  • 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Icthyology)
  • 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Aquatic ecology
  • Fish
  • Molluscs
  • Marine, estuarine & freshwater habitats