Cecilia Villanueva

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Cecilia Villanueva

Cecilia Villanueva

Project Support Officer, Research Assistant

Room 34, IMAS - Taroona

+61 3 6226 8391 (phone)

Cecilia is a Project Support Officer at IMAS Taroona and the Centre for Marine Socioecology.  In this role, she provides support in a variety of projects performing a wide range of tasks such as mapping, spatial and statistical analysis, website maintenance and admin.


Cecilia carried out her first degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Patagonia in Argentina. Her thesis was related to assessing sampling methods to estimate penguin abundance. Later on Cecilia completed her PhD at the University of Comahue (Argentina) studying the impact of tourism on penguins. After finishing her PhD, Cecilia decided to redirect her career towards GIS and spatial analysis and moved to Tasmania to pursue a Master degree in Remote Sensing and GIS. Before joining IMAS, Cecilia was collaborating in several projects at CSIRO and the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, and also worked as a Grant officer in the Office of Research services at UTAS.

Career summary



Thesis title



Date of award

MAppSci Remote Sensing & GIS (by coursework)

Forest density classification using texture-based image analysis techniques

University of Tasmania




Impact of tourist visitation on a Magellanic penguin colony at Peninsula Valdes, Argentina

University of Comahue



Masters in Biological Sciences

Assessment of sampling methods to estimate Magellanic penguin abundance

University of Patagonia




Languages (other than English)



Professional practice

Society for Conservation GIS

Administrative expertise

Revising grant applications


Seabirds; Population ecology; GIS; Remote sensing

Teaching expertise

Cecilia was a teaching assistant for one year in Botany and two years in Population ecology at the University of Patagonia. Cecilia also has taught several workshops on seabirds to tour guides, school teachers, and undergrads.

Research Appointments

CSIRO Visiting Scientist (2015 –present)

Tasmanian Land Conservancy Graduate Research Associate (2014 -2016)

View more on Dr Cecilia Villanueva in WARP


GIS, remote sensing, conservation, climate change, seabirds, penguins, ecology, animal behaviour, animal physiology

Research Themes

Cecilia’s work supports a variety of projects such as Redmap, marine hotspots, species redistribution, Australian coastal communities’ vulnerability to climate change, and Blue economy.


  • Australian Awards - Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship –to carry out a Master degree at UTAS (2012-2013)
  • 25th International Conference for Conservation Biology Travel Award (Nov 2011)
  • 1st World Seabird Conference Travel Award, Victoria, Canada (Sep 2010)
  • 7th International Penguin Conference Travel Award, Boston, USA (Aug 2010)
  • 28th ESRI International User Conference and 11th Annual SCGIS Conference Travel Award, California, USA (Aug 2008)
  • Society for Conservation GIS Global Scholarship Program: Scholarship Award to receive GIS and Remote Sensing training at ESRI, California, USA (Jul 2008)

Fields of Research

  • Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (090905)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Fisheries Sciences (070499)
  • Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
  • Behavioural Ecology (060201)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  • Ecological Physiology (060203)
  • Ore Deposit Petrology (040307)
  • Fisheries Management (070403)
  • Human Geography (160499)
  • Global Change Biology (069902)
  • Environmental Education and Extension (050203)
  • Studies in Human Society (169999)

Research Objectives

  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales (960501)
  • Climate and Climate Change (960399)
  • Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960808)
  • Fisheries - Recreational (830201)
  • Fisheries - Wild Caught (830299)
  • Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960801)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments (960507)
  • Copper Ore Exploration (840102)
  • Coastal and Marine Management Policy (960701)
  • Wild Caught Rock Lobster (830206)
  • Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales (960805)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) (960307)
  • Global Effects of Climate Change and Variability (excl. Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the South Pacific) (excl. Social Impacts) (960310)
  • Environmental Education and Awareness (960703)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)
  • Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability (960311)


Total publications


Journal Article

(12 outputs)
2018Bonebrake TC, Brown CJ, Bell JD, Blanchard JL, Chauvenet A, et al., 'Managing consequences of climate-driven species redistribution requires integration of ecology, conservation and social science', Biological Reviews, 93, (1) pp. 284-305. ISSN 1464-7931 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/brv.12344 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 21

Co-authors: Blanchard JL; Champion C; Clark TD; Frusher S; Hobday AJ; Lee E; McCormack PC; McDonald J; Twiname S; Wapstra E; Pecl GT


2018Testa FJ, Villanueva C, Cooke DR, Zhang L, 'Lithological and hydrothermal alteration mapping of epithermal, porphyry and tourmaline breccia districts in the Argentine Andes using ASTER imagery', Remote Sensing, 10, (2) Article 203. ISSN 2072-4292 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/rs10020203 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Testa FJ; Cooke DR; Zhang L


2018Stuart-Smith J, Pecl G, Pender A, Tracey S, Villanueva C, et al., 'Southernmost records of two Seriola species in an Australian ocean-warming hotspot', Marine Biodiversity, 48, (3) pp. 1579-1582. ISSN 1867-1616 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s12526-016-0580-4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10

Co-authors: Stuart-Smith J; Pecl G; Pender A; Tracey S


2017Pecl GT, Araujo MB, Bell JD, Blanchard J, Bonebreak TC, et al., 'Biodiversity redistribution under climate change: Impacts on ecosystems and human well-being', Science, 355, (6332) Article eaai9214. ISSN 0036-8075 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1126/science.aai9214 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 473Web of Science - 436

Co-authors: Pecl GT; Blanchard J; Clark TD; Frusher S; Jennings S; McCormack PC; McDonald J; Wapstra E


2017Plaganyi EE, McGarvey R, Gardner C, Caputi N, Dennis D, et al., 'Overview, opportunities and outlook for Australian spiny lobster fisheries', Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 28, (1) pp. 57-87. ISSN 0960-3166 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11160-017-9493-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Gardner C; Hartmann K; Green B


2017van Putten I, Villanueva C, Cvitanovic C, 'The influence of community size and location on different dimensions of vulnerability: a case study of Australian coastal communities', Australian Geographer, 48, (1) pp. 121-142. ISSN 0004-9182 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00049182.2016.1168727 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: van Putten I; Cvitanovic C


2014Villanueva C, Bertellotti M, 'Testing methods to estimate abundance of Magellanic penguins Spheniscus magellanicus', Bird Study, 61, (3) pp. 421-427. ISSN 0006-3657 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2014.942594 [eCite] [Details]


2014Villanueva C, Walker BG, Bertellotti M, 'Seasonal variation in the physiological and behavioral responses to tourist visitation in Magellanic penguins', Journal of Wildlife Management, 78, (8) pp. 1466-1476. ISSN 0022-541X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.791 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8


2012Fazio A, Bertellotti M, Villanueva C, 'Kelp gulls attack Southern right whales: a conservation concern?', Marine Biology, 159, (9) pp. 1981-1990. ISSN 0025-3162 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00227-012-1985-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 9


2012Frixione MG, Casaux R, Villanueva C, Alarcon PAE, 'A recently established Kelp Gull colony in a freshwater environment supported by an inland refuse dump in Patagonia', Emu, 112, (2) pp. 174-178. ISSN 0158-4197 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MU11031 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 10


2012Villanueva C, Walker BG, Bertellotti M, 'A matter of history: effects of tourism on physiology, behaviour and breeding parameters in Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) at two colonies in Argentina', Journal of Ornithology, 153, (1) pp. 219-228. ISSN 2193-7192 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10336-011-0730-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 31Web of Science - 33


2010Kane OJ, Smith JR, Boersma PD, Parsons NJ, Strauss V, et al., 'Feather-loss disorder in African and Magellanic penguins', Waterbirds, 33, (3) pp. 415-421. ISSN 1524-4695 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1675/063.033.0321 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11


Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
2016Pecl GT, Gartner EA, Frusher SD, Haward MG, Hobday AJ, et al., 'Driving planetary adaptation using natural laboratories for climate change', Program, Species on the Move 2016, 9-12 February 2016, Hobart, Australia (2016) [Chair International Conference]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Pecl GT; Gartner EA; Frusher SD; Haward MG; Hobday AJ; Hoshino E; Jennings SM; Sumby JM; Watson RA; Van Putten IE

2016Walker BG, Spizzoucco FA, Villanueva C, 'Growing up under the spotlight: effects of tourist visitation on the stress response and sex ratio in Magellanic penguin chicks at San Lorenzo, Argentina', 9th International Penguin Congress, 05-09 September 2016, Cape Town, South Africa (2016) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]


(1 outputs)
2013Villanueva MC, 'Forest density classification using texture-based image analysis techniques' (2013) [Masters Research]

[eCite] [Details]

Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
2018Fulton EA, Hobday AJ, Pethybridge H, Blanchard JL, Bulman C, et al., 'Decadal scale projection of changes in Australian fisheries stocks under climate change', Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Australia, March, Project 2016/139 (2018) [Government or Industry Research]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Fulton EA; Hobday AJ; Blanchard JL; Matear R; Pecl GT; Zhang XB

2018Hobday AJ, Pecl GT, Fulton B, Pethybridge H, Bulman C, et al., 'Chapter 16: Climate change impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptations: Australian marine fisheries', Impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture: synthesis of current knowledge, adaptation and mitigation options. Technical Paper No. 627, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture, Rome (2018) [Government or Industry Research]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hobday AJ; Pecl GT; Fulton B

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Peer Prize for Women 2017, Biodiversity redistribution under climate change: Impacts on ecosystems and human well-being (2017)$20,000
This is funding awarded as a prize, The Thinkable Peer Prize for Women 2017, and given to UTAS as a donation. It will be spent on research related to the prize nomination topic interdisciplinary investigations of climate-driven species redistribution.
Donation via University of Tasmania Foundation ($20,000)
Donation - Individual
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Pecl GT; Blanchard JL; McDonald J; McCormack P; Jennings SM; Villanueva MC
Decadal scale projection of changes in Australian fisheries stocks under climate change (2017 - 2018)$140,800
The project builds on previous climate impact and adaptation programs invested in by FRDC Southeast Australia Program (SEAP) and the FRDC-NCCARF Marine National Adaptation Research Plan (1). The information generated by that suite of projects, in particular the physical (2) and biological projections (3) is now outdated due to the rapidly advancing nature of the field, and no longer represents the latest available information. The focus of this work was at relatively long time scales (e.g. 2060 to 2100), although shorter projections were attempted. Since this work, climate models have also improved and can now provide finer scale spatial and temporal scenarios which are more real for fisheries managers and stakeholders.
Fisheries Research & Development Corporation ($140,800)
Administered By
CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation
Research Team
Fulton E; Blanchard JL; Pecl GT; Berkhout JJ; Villanueva MC; Hobday AJ; Cheung W
2017 - 2018