Dr Ana Lara-Lopez

Role in IMOS

  • Provide senior scientific management support to the Director
  • Liaise with the Nodes and Facilities to help ensure that IMOS data is taken up and used by the research community
  • Ensure that scientific planning is optimal, data are used as widely as possible, and that issues are thoroughly researched to assist IMOS in meeting its objectives.

Biographical details

Ana completed her Master in Science in marine biology in 2003 at the National University of Mexico working with zooplankton ecology in the Gulf of Mexico. She subsequently completed her PhD at the University of Tasmania in 2006 studying the hydrodynamics and zooplankton ecology in the Tamar Estuary, northern Tasmania.

Prior to joining IMOS, Ana worked as a postdoctoral research scholar at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at the University of California, San Diego. Her postdoctoral experience includes working for the CalCOFI long-term program and the California Current Ecosystem Long Term Ecological Research project (CCE-LTER).  Her postdoctoral research was focused on mesopelagic micro-nekton ecology and multi-frequency acoustics.

Ana’s experience also includes fisheries management having worked at the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), as well as consultancy experience working for Coffey Environments Australia on various projects that include Arrow LNG Plant Environmental Impact Assessment and the Madang Harbour Environmental Assessment, among others.


Bachelor of Science with Honours, National University of Mexico (UNAM) 2000

Master in Science, National University of Mexico (UNAM) 2003

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania 2006