Dr Ryan Baring


College of Science and Engineering

place Bedford Park (141)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Baring's research spans a wide variety of intertidal and subtidal habitats in estuaries, bays, harbours and open coastlines. In those habitats he has investigated; marine pest monitoring and incursions, impacts of resource industry construction and decommission, dredging operations in ports and harbours, habitat and trophic functioning, marine park zoning, ecological accounting and drought response of estuaries. Dr Baring is not necessarily focused on specific fauna or flora under investigation (although he does have a fondness for fish) but more about understanding ecosystem processes to improve management outcomes. He also has strong interest in improving the scientific rigour of ecological research by refining statistical processes to answer complex ecological questions.


PhD, Flinders University

BSc Mar. Biol. (Hons)

Honours, awards and grants

2023 - BAE Systems Local Change, Global Impact Chariman's Award (World Ocean Day Panel & Outreach)

2022 - Dean (Research) Honourable Mention for Research Student Mentorship

2020 - Dean (Education) Award for Excellence in Teaching and Innovation

2019 - Letter of Appreciation from Hon. David Speirs (Minister of Environment and Water) for expert advice a the 2018 Future of the            Coorong Summit

2018 - Dean (Education) Award for Excellence in Teaching and Innovation

2017 - Selected as Australian Marine Sciences Association representative for Science Meets Parliament, Canberra

2009 - University Medal & Chancellor's Letter of Commendation

2008 - Chancellor's Letter of Commendation

Teaching interests

Marine and freshwater ecology, Fish biology and ecology, Ecosystem processes, Experimental design and statistics

Topic coordinator
BIOL2712 Animal Diversity
BIOL2742 Marine Ecology
BIOL3702 Marine & Freshwater Biology
Topic lecturer
BIOL2742 Marine Ecology
BIOL3701 Conservation Biology & Restoration Ecology
BIOL1301 Introduction to Marine Biology
BIOL3800 Research Project in Marine Biology
BIOL2711 Ecology
Supervisory interests
Aquatic animal health
Aquatic conservation
Aquatic ecology
Marine ecology
Wetland ecology
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Ecology (3)
Expert for media contact
Marine science
Aquatic ecology
Fish ecology
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Media expertise
  • Ecology
  • Ecosystems
  • Fish
  • Marine science
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Fish ecology
  • Wetlands