CEED is a partnership between five Collaborating Organisations and six Partner Organisations. Its operations are managed from The University of Queensland in Brisbane.

Our researchers are recognised as global leaders in fundamental environmental science and we put a high priority on the career development of the next generation of conservation researchers. Our complement of over 150 researchers — Chief Investigators, Partner Investigators, Senior Researchers, PhD and Masters students — collaborate extensively across node and disciplines. This collaborative culture has been the key to our success. 

The Centre’s governance structure reflects the emphasis on strategy, research, and communication and outreach in planning and implementing the work programs.


Collaborating Organisations:
  • The University of Queensland (UQ)
  • The University of Melbourne (UM)
  • The Australian National University (ANU)
  • RMIT University (RMIT)
  • The University of Western Australia (UWA)
Partner Organisations:
  • Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
  • Imperial College London (ICL)
  • Oxford University (OU)
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel (HUJI)
  • US Geological Survey (USGS). 

Centre Executive

The Centre’s Executive guides our operations and consists of the Theme Leaders, Node Directors, Chief Investigators, and the Chief Operations Officer. The Director Professor Kerrie Wilson and Deputy Director Professor Michael McCarthy provide the overarching guidance and dayto-day leadership of the Centre and its research. The Executive meets every few months via teleconferences or face-to-face at events to discuss Centre management, research, operations and policy.

Executive Members
  • Professor Kerrie Wilson (Director), UQ
  • Professor Michael McCarthy (Deputy Director), UM
  • Professor David Lindenmayer, ANU
  • Professor David Pannell, UWA
  • Associate Professor Jonathan Rhodes, UQ
  • Professor Sarah Bekessy, RMIT
  • Professor Brendan Wintle, UM
  • Associate Professor Jane Elith, UM
  • Professor Richard Hobbs, UWA
  • Associate Professor Salit Kark, UQ
  • Dr Eve McDonald-Madden, UQ
  • Dr Anthony Richardson, UQ Associate
  • Professor Peter Vesk, UM
  • Dr Kathy Avent, (Chief Operations Officer), UQ

Centre Advisory Board

The Centre Advisory Board (CAB) is comprised of members from the research, industry, policy and philanthropic sectors and provides strategic advice to the Centre’s Executive leadership team with a particular focus on governance, communication, impact, outreach, research management and future planning.

The Board membership was reconfigured in early 2017. The CAB meets every year.

CEED CAB2017 members webCAB members in 2017 (Back left to front right): David Shelmerdine, Alistar Robertson, Michael McCarthy, Kerrie Wilson, Margaret Byrne, Melissa Brown, Tony Peacock.

  • Professor Alistar Robertson (Chair), UWA
  • Dr Margaret Byrne, Western Australian Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
  • Mr David Shelmerdine, Myer Foundation
  • Dr Tony Peacock, CEO, CRC Association
  • Professor Melissa Brown, Executive Dean, Faculty of Science, UQ
Ex Officio Members
  • Professor Kerrie Wilson (Director), UQ
  • Professor Michael McCarthy (Deputy Director), UM
  • Dr Kathy Avent (Chief Operations Officer), UQ

International Scientific Advisory Panel

The function of the International Scientific Advisory Panel (ISAP) is to ensure CEED remains at the forefront of international research in environmental decision science. The ISAP is particularly important for helping the Centre to enhance its international linkages and show international leadership in its discipline. The ISAP has five members, all of whom are world leaders in pure and applied ecological research.

  • Professor Antoine Guisan, University of Lausanne
  • Professor Claire Kremen, University of California, Berkeley
  • Professor Bill Murdoch, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Professor Bill Sutherland, Miriam Rothschild Professor of Conservation Biology, Cambridge University
  • Professor Peter Kareiva, Director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA