Professor Sabine Dittmann


College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences (135)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Professor Sabine Dittmann is a nationally and internationally renowned expert on coastal ecosystem ecology with recognised leadership in marine sciences through election to presidency of peak professional association and appointment to key committees advancing science policy.

Her expertise in coastal ecosystem ecology has led to research in various temperate and tropical environments of the world. She is working closely at the interface between research and environmental management, through translation of research outcomes into scientific advice to achieve ecosystem health and conservation outcomes. This includes, for example, knowledge transfer for environmental water management in hypersaline estuaries and lagoons, blue carbon offset opportunities through coastal restoration, invasive species management, and marine park planning and evaluation.

Professor Dittmann has been elected national president of the Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA), and represented AMSA at the National Marine Science Committee from 2010 to 2016. In 2013 she was appointed by the Australian Academy of Science to the National Committee for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. She held ministerial appointments for the Marine Parks Council of South Australia, the Expert Scientific Panel for the review of the Commonwealth Marine Reserves, and was recently appointed to the new Australian Antarctic Science Council.

Habilitation, 2001, University of Bremen, Germany, venia legendi for Ecology
PhD (Dr. rer. nat.), 1987, University of Goettingen, Germany
MSc (Diplom), 1984, University of Goettingen, Germany
Key responsibilities

Professor of Marine Biology

Topic Coordinator for various marine biology topics

Topic coordinator
BIOL2472 Marine Ecology
Topic lecturer
BIOL3701 Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology
BIOD2701 Biodiversity & Conservation
Supervisory interests
Ecocystem ecology
Marine biology
Marine ecology
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Marine Ecology (2)
Principal supervisor: Marine Ecology (7)
  • Coastal ecosystems
  • Marine Ecology