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Research interests

  • Genomic climate change adaptation
  • Invertebrate systematics
  • Intertidal rocky shore ecology


Matt Nimbs is a Fisheries Scientist based at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour. He is a geneticist working on various projects associated with identifying genetic adaptation to climate change among marine plants and animals. This work seeks to inform knowledge gaps as part of the NSW Marine Estate Management Strategy, with a view to informing decision makers and managers to formulate management policies and adaptation strategies.

Matt has established himself as one of Australia’s authorities on Australian sea slug fauna, with particular expertise on the Aplysiidae, the sea hares. His publications have brought complex biodiversity and taxonomic data into the public realm, and he has produced one of only a handful of electronic identification keys to a marine invertebrate group. His taxonomic work on the sea-hares has helped resolve long-standing and complex questions among a group that have significant value for biomedical and neurological research.


  • PhD, Invertebrate Taxonomy and Systematics, Southern Cross University
  • BSc (Hons Class 1, University Medal), Southern Cross University

Current projects

  • Marine Estate Management Strategy Initiative 3 (planning for a changing climate)

Recent publications

Please refer to Matt Nimbs' Google scholar page.

Professional associations and achievements

  • Treasurer, Malacological Society of Australasia
  • Member, Society of Australia Systematic Biologists
  • Member, Linnean Society of New South Wales

Contact details


Phone: (02) 6659 8100