Steven L. Chown is Professor of Biological Sciences at Melbourne's Monash University and Director of Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future, an Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative.
His research concerns biodiversity variation through space and time, and the conservation implications of environmental change, including the means to mitigate it. In the Antarctic, his research has covered many aspects of biodiversity variation and its conservation.
Owing to his capability in the science-policy interface, for many years he represented the international Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), of which he was also President (2016-2021), at the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings providing scientific advice on a broad range of environmental and science policy matters.
Steven is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and an International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.