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Research interests

  • Fisheries ecology
  • Fisheries dependent data analysis
  • Data poor stock assessment methods
  • Life history
  • Statistics and coding for data analysis
  • Community ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Benthic ecology (effect of marine based aquaculture)


Prior to my current role at NSW DPI, I was employed in a split position at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and Australian Antarctic Division. Research ranged from sub-Antarctic fisheries (e.g. Toothfish and Krill) to marine cage Salmonid aquaculture. Earlier career was primarily in fisheries, fish life history and fish ecology in marine and freshwater environs.


  • PhD on fish (Mulloway) life history and fisheries biology using natural markers and satellite telemetry
  • Honours on fish movement ecology using otolith chemistry
  • Undergraduate degree in environmental science (coasts and catchments)

Current projects

  • NSW commercial fisheries observer program (Marine Estate Management Strategy – MEMS) – historical data analysis and design of new programs based on data with a particular emphasis on quantifying commercial fisheries interactions with threatened, protected and endangered species.

Recent publications

Please refer to Tom Barnes' Google Scholar or ResearchGate pages.

Professional associations and achievements

  • Adjunct research fellow (IMAS)
  • Australian Society for Fish Biology
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science

Contact details


Phone: (02) 4916 3930