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Dr Vanessa Adams

A key theme in Vanessa' research is applying economic concepts and social consultation to make on-ground conservation action more effective and equitable between groups of stakeholders. She spent a year as a Fulbright scholar conducting research at the University of Queensland in 2004 and completed her PhD at James Cook University in 2011. Her rese ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Ms Carla Archibald

(Profile coming soon)

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PositionResearch Assistant
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Dr Kathy Avent

Kathy Avent joins CEED as Acting Chief Operations Officer bringing 15 years of research management, strategy and leadership to support the operations and planning for the centre. Kathy provides support to the CEED Director and leadership group to achieve its strategic targets, meet reporting requirements and promote the outcomes and impact of CEE ...
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PositionActing Chief Operations Officer
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Ms Stephanie Avery-Gomm

Stephanie Avery-Gomm is an applied ecologist, interested in using decision science to achieve optimal outcomes for conservation. Stephanie's current research examines the efficacy of endangered species legislation and develops decision support tools to improve endangered species recovery. Stephanie is also an active member of the seabird research c ...
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Ms Payal Bal

Conservation and related policy decisions rely heavily on accurate monitoring and data analysis. However, for multispecies assemblages we are severely limited in our ability to measure all components of the system. The dynamicity and non-linear relationships within species assemblages often render community dynamics unpredictable. On the other hand ...
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PositionPhD Student
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Dr Maria Beger

I am a conservation biologist focussing on coral reef ecosystems at The University of Queensland, Australia, and a CEED Post Doctoral Fellow. My main research interest is in understanding how ecological patterns can assist with better decision-making for marine biodiversity conservation. I mostly work in the Indo-Pacific region, focussing my r ...
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PositionPostdoctoral Research Fellow
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Dr Duan Biggs

Duan was born in Namibia and grew up in South Africa. He completed his PhD at the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in 2011 on the resilience of coral reef tourism to global change and crises. Subsequent to his PhD, Duan developed a tourism research program for South African National Parks to support decision-mak ...
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PositionPostdoctoral Research Fellow
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Mr Sugeng Budiharta

Through his PhD, Sugeng conducted research on the topic of 'Restoration Planning of Tropical Secondary Forest: Maximizing Outcomes for Carbon, Biodiversity and Socio-economic in context of REDD'. He focused on the knowledge gaps required in the context of climate change mitigation and the extensive areas of land degradation in tropical countries. ...
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PositionPhD Student
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Dr Nathalie Butt

Nathalie is an Australian Research Council Fellow. Her work is concerned with the interactions between biodiversity and climate/climate change, previously focussing on forests in tropical South America and temperate Europe, and now including Australian forests and ecosystems. She is currently working on global-scale analyses of climate and human im ...
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PositionPostdoctoral Research Fellow
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Ms Abbey Camaclang

Abbey is currently a PhD student at the University of Queensland, supervised by Prof Hugh Possingham and Dr Tara Martin. Her research focuses on the use of decision science in making conservation decisions for listed species.   In particular, she is hoping to look at the process of identifying and designating critical habitats for threatened ...
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PositionPhD Student
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Twitter@abbeyerica
Dr Alienor Chauvenet

Alienor commenced at the University of Queensland (UQ) as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in October 2014. She is a quantitative ecologist with a keen interest in optimal decision-making. Her research is about enhancing our knowledge and implementation of species conservation and management using state-of-the-art techniques. At present, her researc ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Mr Diego Correa Gomez

Diego is developing a project between the Schools of Agriculture and Food Sciences (Prof Peer Schenk, Dr Skye Thomas-Hall) and Biological Sciences (Prof Hugh Possingham and Dr Hawthorne Beyer), which aims to explore the relationships between biofuel production and conservation of biodiversity in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. This p ...
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Ali is the Program Officer at the UQ node in Brisbane. More info coming soon...

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PositionProgram Officer
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Dr Katrina Davis

Dr Katrina Davis commenced at the University of Queensland (UQ) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in July 2015. Her research investigates optimal use of natural resources to maximise the productivity of human and ecological systems. Her current research examines how to integrate expert and stakeholder preferences for marine ecological features by ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Twitter@NRMecon
Dr Kiran Dhanjal-Adams

Originally from New Caledonia, Kiran graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2010 with a BSc in Environmental Science (Ecology) before pursuing an MRes in Computational Biology at the University of York where her research focussed primarily on modelling the effects of disturbances and stochastic processes on population dynamics. Kiran complete ...
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PositionPhD Student
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Dr Moreno Di Marco

Since 2009, I have performed research in Universities and NGOs in Italy, UK and Australia. I completed a PhD in Ecological Sciences at The University Sapienza of Rome, and I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Queensland. My research interests span across the realms of Conservation Biology and Macroecology. I am interested i ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Mr Eduardo Gallo-Cajiao

Ed is a PhD candidate working on policy analysis with the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership. Having worked with us previously as a research assistant, his PhD topic of investigation is 'Effectiveness of the international policy framework for conserving migratory shorebirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway'. Eduardo is workin ...
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PositionPhD Candidate
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Dr Angela Guerrero-Gonzalez

I am interested in the human and socio-economic aspects that affect nature conservation. My current research focuses on human social networks and their role in the effectiveness of conservation actions. In particular my research looks at how webs of human relationships can be utilised for dealing with multi-scalar conservation issues. I am also in ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Ms Yi Han

Yi is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland. Yi completed her Masters of Science (MSc) degree in the field of Conservation Biology at the University of Queensland, and is now embarking on her PhD with Dr Eve McDonald-Madden (UQ), Professor Yvonne Buckley (Dublin) and Dr Justine Shaw (AAD). Yi's PhD research aims to investig ...
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PositionPhD Candidate
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Dr Matthew Holden

Dr. Matthew Holden is an applied mathematician, using dynamic models and decision theory to improve conservation planning when conservation benefits depend on how humans modify their behaviour in response to policy. Some of his projects include saving the African elephant from poaching for ivory and developing novel quantitative methods for in ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Twitter@MattHHolden
Dr Gwen Iacona

Gwen joined CEED in 2015 after being appointed as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow through the University of Queensland. She studies how to improve the effectiveness of conservation spending, and has a particular interest in questions related to the costs and benefits of managing protected areas. Gwen earned a PhD in ecology and evolutionary b ...
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PositionPostdoctoral Research Fellow
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Prof Salit Kark

My research focuses on understanding the patterns and processes shaping biodiversity of native and invasive species and their implications for conservation and environmental decisions in a changing world. I focus on these main directions: (1) Biodiversity and conservation in human-dominated landscapes: This includes studies on both native and alie ...
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PositionAssociate Professor
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Ms Sofía López-Cubillos

Growing up in Colombia gave me the opportunity to explore the great biodiversity that it holds and this influenced me to study biology with a particular focus on entomology and evolution. However, at the end of my bachelor I realize the amount of pressure that humans are imposing to nature, so I decided to change my research interest on the field o ...
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PositionPhD Student
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Twitter@SofiaLop11
Dr Maina Mbui

I am a landscape/seascape ecologist with interests in a wide range of environmental and ecological questions, and have predominantly focused on coral reef systems. My ultimate goals are to understand and predict the impacts of environmental variability and change on marine and coastal social-ecological systems at local and global scales, in-order t ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Dr Tara Martin

Tara Martin is a Conservation Scientist with the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada and Adjunct Professor with the University of Queensland, Australia. Tara is a pioneer in the field of conservation decision making, combining analytical techniques from applied ecology and decision theory with exp ...
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PositionResearcher
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Ms Maria Martinez Harms

Maria is interested in the science-policy interface for ecosystem services and biodiversity to inform landscape management decisions. She has developed syntheses of ecosystem services to provide evidence that can be used in environmental decision making. Her PhD research supervised by Dr. Kerrie Wilson, Prof. Hugh Possingham, Dr. Jonathan Rhodes an ...
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PositionPhD Student
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Ms Fleur Maseyk

I work at the interface of science and policy in the applied areas of natural resource management and biodiversity conservation. My PhD thesis explored how, by targeting management actions towards natural capital stocks, we can influence ecosystem function, and thus the provision of ecosystem services and conservation outcomes. My key areas of inte ...
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PositionPhD Student
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Mr Sean Maxwell

My research focuses on planning for dynamic threats to species and ecosystems of conservation concern. I am particularly interested in exploring how changes in economic and social factors can contribute to deforestation in protected areas, planning for human responses to climate change, and conserving threatened species in dynamic agricultural ...
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PositionPhD Student
Twitter@shornwell
Dr Eve McDonald-Madden

Eve is an ARC Research Fellow at University of Queensland and visiting scientist with the Decisions Lab at CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems. Her research focuses on conservation management in the face of uncertainty and approaches to improve conservation decisions by analysing the trade-offs between available dollars, our need for information, and the ...
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PositionARC Post Doctoral Fellow
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Ms Jennifer McGowan

I am a PhD candidate in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at The University of Queensland, Australia. My work, supervised by Prof Hugh Possingham, Dr Maria Beger, and Dr Carissa Klein focuses on improving methods for applied conservation planning in marine and coastal ecosystems. I am interested in spatial ...
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PositionPhD candidate
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Prof Hugh Possingham

Hugh is a Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy, and was the Director of CEED from 2011-2016.  Aside from his day job, Hugh has a variety of broader public roles advising policy makers, conservation groups and managers by sitting on 15 committees and boards outside the University of Queensland including: The Wentworth Group of Concerned S ...
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PositionPartner Investigator
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Dr Anna Renwick

I am a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Queensland and a researcher in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), supervised by Prof Hugh Possingham and Dr Tara Martin. My research focuses on looking at the trade-offs and synergies in ecosystem services, food security and how to maximise both biodiversity and social l ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Assoc Prof Jonathan Rhodes

Jonathan is an applied ecologist working at the interface between ecology, social science and economics to improve and better understand conservation decision-making. He has a particular interest in understanding how spatial processes drive biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the implications of this for decision-making in conservation. Jona ...
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PositionResearcher, UQ Node leader
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Twitter@j_r_rhodes
Assoc Prof Anthony Richardson

Dr Anthony J. Richardson has research interests in marine ecology, climate impacts research and analysis of large datasets using modern data analysis techniques. He holds an Honours degree in Zoology from the University of Queensland and a PhD degree in Marine Ecology from the University of Cape Town. Since 2005, Anthony has a joint position betw ...
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PositionResearcher
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Mr Andrew Rogers

My primary research interests include species' use of highly transformed habitats, conservation management in human dominated landscapes and habitat restoration. I am particularly interested in the impact of invasive species on native community assembly and function. Recent work has included quantifying novel ecosystem support of native species, in ...
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PositionPhD Student
Dr Tracy Rout

Tracy has been involved in CEED research as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow, firstly through the University of Melbourne, and from 2015, through the University of Queensland.  Her research interests include: Decision Analysis, Ecological Modelling, Conservation Biology, Conservation Ecology, Environmental Management, Planning and Monitor ...
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PositionPostdoctoral Research Fellow
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Dr Rob Salguero-Gomez

Rob is an evolutionary biologist and population ecologist. His work examines the drivers of demographic variation in order to determine which functional traits may predict the risk of local extinction of endangered species and the potential for invasion of alien species. He uses a multitude of research approaches to explore these ecological general ...
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Dr Danielle Shanahan

Danielle is a post-doctoral research fellow working with Dr Richard Fuller in the School of Biological Sciences. Her research focues on understanding how and why people are having fewer experiences of nature, and the consequences of this for human wellbeing. As part of this study Danielle is looking at what elements of nature deliver different well ...
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PositionPostdoctoral Research Fellow
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Twitter@shanahandanz
Dr Justine Shaw

Justine Shaw is a Research Fellow examining conservation decision making in the terrestrial Antarctica and sub-Antarctic, with a particular focus on non-native species. Her position is a collaborative one between CEED, the University of Queensland and the Australian Antarctic Division. Justine is currently examining the risks posed by non-native sp ...
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PositionPostdoctoral Research Fellow
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Dr Martin Stringer

Martin is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at UQ. He has a background in theoretical astrophysics, specialising in analytic & numerical models of cosmology and galaxy formation following a D.Phil at Oxford & Caltech. He has recently joined the group to apply this modelling experien ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Mrs Vivitskaia Tulloch

My main area of research is conservation decision-making, focusing on optimising resource allocation decisions for biodiversity protection under multiple threats. I apply methods from decision science, including spatial conservation planning, ecosystem and population models, cost-benefit analyses, and structured decision-making, to analyse and solv ...
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PositionPhD Student
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Mr Ruben Venegas

I am originally from Costa Rica, where I did my BSc in Biology. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I worked for several years in a Sea Turtle Conservation project in the Caribbean coast of the country. I was also involved in environmental education activities, and together with other colleagues, started Keto Foundation, a Non-for-Profit Organ ...
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PositionPhD Student
Dr Oscar Venter

I am broadly interested in conservation decision making, trading-off multiple conservation objectives, the conservation potential of ecosystem services, threats to endangered species and conservation effectiveness. Currently, I am working at the local and global scales to determine how initiatives to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation can b ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Researcher
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Mrs Barbara Whittaker

Barbara has worked at UQ for 8 years and has joined the CEED team providing EA, administration and research support to Kerrie Wilson and the Centre. She organises the CEED workshops, travel arrangements, and answers all enquiries.

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PositionAdministration Officer
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Prof Kerrie Wilson

Professor Kerrie Wilson is an ARC Future Fellow at The University of Queensland (UQ), Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, the Deputy Director of the UQ Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science and an Affiliated Professor in Conservation Science at The University of Copenhagen. Kerri ...
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PositionDirector, Researcher
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