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Below is a list, sorted alphabetically by surname, of all CEED funded researchers and support staff. Past members and Associates are not included in this list. For more specific lists, please make a selection from the right under Select Group.

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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Member of Theme(s)
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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Twitter@saverygo
Dr Chris Baker

My research interests are about using mathematical models to help improve management. The focus of my work has been about the application of optimal control theory to invasive species management and in developing ecosystem models to predict how management actions will affect different species in an ecosystem. I am also working on developing managem ...
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PositionPhD Student
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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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Twitter@payalbal
Ms Sana Bau

Sana is a current PhD candidate at The University of Melbourne, researching the use of evidence in conservation decisions and the interaction of value-based and technical judgements in decision making. Sana’s research takes an integrated perspective on emerging conservation issues. Sana’s research interests cover a broad spectrum of to ...
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PositionPhD Student
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Twitter@SanaBau
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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Member of Theme(s)
Twitter@MariaBeger
Assoc Prof Sarah Bekessy

Associate Professor Sarah Bekessy has been teaching and conducting research in environmental studies at RMIT University since 2004. Using her background in conservation biology and more recent experience in the social sciences, Sarah has established a successful research team that seeks to engage in high impact, interdisciplinary and collaborative ...
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PositionResearcher
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Twitter@sbekessy
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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Member of Theme(s)
Twitter@duanbiggs
Ms Louise Blackmore

Louise Blackmore is a PhD student in the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Western Australia. She has a general interest in biodiversity management and policy, particularly how biodiversity conservation may be achieved on private lands. Louise’s key research interests include: the social aspects of environment ...
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Dr Lucie Bland

Lucie researches the Red listing of ecosystems – testing the new global standard for conservation. In August 2015, she was a member of the team awarded the Australian Museum Eureka prize in Environmental Research.  Red List criteria for assessing risks to ecosystems are a major global advance in biodiversity conservation. Desp ...
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PositionPostdoctoral Research Fellow
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Twitter@luciembland
Dr Michael Bode

As an applied mathematician, my research attention is drawn towards theoretical aspects of ecology (particularly of dispersive marine organisms) and conservation management. I particularly enjoy problems where quantitative modelling can provide insights despite a lack of high-quality data – identifying situations where we can avoid spending ...
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PositionARC Post Doctoral Fellow
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Twitter@bode_e
Ms Dolla Boutros

Dolla has the almost impossible task of keeping all our University of Melbourne researchers organised.

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PositionBusiness Manager
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Prof Yvonne Buckley

I work on the management of processes which threaten ecosystem function and biodiversity. In particular, the population dynamics, spread, evolution and herbivore interactions of both native and invasive plants. I have used a wide range of approaches to tackle these problems, from the development of simple, relatively abstract models, through to sys ...
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PositionResearcher
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Member of Theme(s)
Twitter@y_buckley
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 Pauline Byron

Pauline joins Dolla in the almost impossible task of keeping all our University of Melbourne researchers organised.

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PositionPA/Administrator
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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 Jane Catford

Jane's time is divided between the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University (where she is based).  She is a plant ecologist with an interest in community assembly and invasion ecology. Using a variety of approaches, she aims to use community ecology theory to inform invasive species management and biological inv ...
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PositionPostdoctoral Researcher (ARC)
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Member of Theme(s)
Twitter@JaneCatford
Dr Iadine Chades

Dr Iadine Chadès provides guidance to managers on how to make decisions under uncertainty in the most efficient way. She is particularly interested in discovering the mechanistic insights underpinning optimal decision-making. Originally trained in Artificial Intelligence, Iadine turned towards ecology to develop optimisation methods to man ...
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PositionTeam Leader
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Twitter@iadinec
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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Twitter@AChauvenet
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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PositionPhD Student
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Twitter@diefelcorr
Ms Colleen Corrigan

Research topic: Social and Ecological Measures of Conservation Effectiveness and Multiple Scales. My project has three key components focused on strengthening effective conservation impact: (1) developing an evidence base for community-driven conservation practices, (2) using species and other data sources to identify key conservation areas in the ...
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PositionPhD candidate
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Dr Mike Craig

Mike was born in England and migrated with his family to Australia in 1976. He went to school in Perth and undertook both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at UWA, graduating with a BSc(Hons) in Botany and Zoology in 1992 and in 2001 a PhD, his thesis titled "The short-term impacts of logging on the jarrah forest avifauna". Mike worked as ...
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Ms Kate Cranney

I am currently studying a Master of Science (Botany) at the University of Melbourne. I am being supervised by Dr. David Duncan, Dr. Libby Rumpff and Assoc. Prof. Brendan Wintle. Partnering with Bush Heritage Australia, my Masters topic is centred on ecological monitoring in the private conservation sector. A Holsworth Research Endowment has al ...
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PositionMasters Student
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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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Member of Theme(s)
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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Twitter@Kiran_DA
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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Ms Megan Evans

My research falls broadly within environmental policy, governance and economics, with a particular focus on biodiversity conservation and natural resource management. I am an interdisciplinary researcher, and draw on both quantitative and qualitative methods used in the natural and social sciences. The overarching goal of my research is to get bett ...
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Prof Alastair McEwan

Alastair McEwan is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Queensland. He has a strong interest in inter-disciplinary research and the broader application of Australian research capability for enhancement of societal and business goals. Alastair holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingh ...
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Ms Dini Fardila

My research focuses on community ecology, landscape ecology and quantitative ecology. I studied bird communities along an urbanization gradient for my Master Degree. For my PhD research project, I aim to find the best way to measure the effect of habitat fragmentation on bird communities in Australian and tropical forest region.

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PositionPhD Candidate
Member of Theme(s)
Twitter@difardila
Dr Fiona Fidler

Fiona is a psychologist, with a PhD in philosophy of science. She’s interested in how scientists, experts and people in general make decisions. Particular areas of interest include: statistical reasoning, expert judgement, pro-environmental behaviour change and research ethics. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Interdisciplinar ...
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PositionSenior Research Fellow
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Twitter@fidlerfm
Ms Hannah Fraser

I am currently doing my PhD through the University of Melbourne.  My supervisors are Mick McCarthy, Libby Rumpff and Cindy Hauser from Melbourne Uni and Georgia Garrard of RMIT University.  During my PhD I am investigating uncertainty around 'woodland birds'; how we classify them, why we classify them differently, how this effe ...
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PositionStudent
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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 Fiona Gibson

Fiona is working on the NERP projects 'Trade-offs among social, economic and environmental values', 'Comparing the value for money from targeted, untargeted and landscape-scale approaches to biodiversity protection', and CEED projects 'Comparing decision metrics used in environmental project prioritisation' and 'understanding barriers to the adopti ...
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Dr Ascelin Gordon

Ascelin's research focuses on interdisciplinary problems in conservation science. His current research focuses on developing modelling approaches for understanding the impacts of environmental policies on biodiversity values in the landscape. He also has a range of other research areas of interest including: Conservation planning and spatial pri ...
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PositionPostdoctoral Research Fellow
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Ms Heather Gordon

Heather is the Centre Manager at UWA and will help Caroline Mitchell try to keep Richard Hobbs and the ERIE/CEED team in order.

PositionCentre Manager
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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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Dr Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita

Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita is a Lecturer in Ecological Modelling at the University of Melbourne, where she works under the umbrella of the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group. Gurutzeta has a background in statistical ecology (prior to that she was a telecom engineer!). Her research spans a range of topics including wildlife monitoring, the mode ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Twitter@GGuillera
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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Mr Matthew Hardy

Mat is a PhD student with the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Within his PhD, Mat will be looking at robust decision-making for private land conservation within landscape-scale conservation projects.Mat is currently working part-time as a Program Officer with the Australian La ...
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PositionPhD Candidate
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Ms Tamara Harold

Tamara is a Research Officer in the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of Western Australia.  She provides a high level of administrative and research support to Dave Pannell and the Centre, including management of project budgets.  She works with other researchers in the Centre to help implement various resea ...
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Dr Geoff Heard

Geoff is a Research Fellow in the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group at the University of Melbourne, funded jointly by the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub and the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions. Geoff's background is in field ecology, with focus on the threatened frogs and reptiles of south-eastern Australia. His current res ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Prof Richard Hobbs

Richard is one of CEED's Chief Investigators and is one of the Leaders for our Theme A - Spatial Planning for Landscape Restoration & Management. Richard is an ecologist, with extensive experience in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe and United States.  Richard joined UWA in 2009 where he leads the ERIE Research Group within the Sch ...
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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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Member of Theme(s)
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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Dr Sayed Iftekhar

PositionSenior Researcher
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Member of Theme(s)
Dr Karen Ikin

Karen is a landscape ecologist at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. Her research background is in wildlife and habitat conservation in human-modified environments, such as those that occur in urban and agricultural landscapes. She is particularly interested in how ecological knowledge can be applied ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Twitter@drkarenikin
Assoc 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 Claire Keely

Claire Keely is currently undertaking a PhD through The University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria, focused on the conservation genetics of the Growling Grass Frog, Litoria raniformis, in an urban environment. The Growling Grass Frog is listed as vulnerable nationally and endangered in Victoria. Remnant populations around Melbourne occur througho ...
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PositionPhD Student
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Dr Luke Kelly

I conduct ecological research that aims to contribute solutions to global conservation problems. My areas of interest include fire science, landscape ecology and global change. My work at CEED is focused on: understanding how fire regimes influence biodiversity; and predicting which species are most at risk of extinction in rapidly transformin ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Dr Andrew Knight

My research is focussed upon improving the decision-making of individuals and groups when conservation planning. My collaborations with conservation management organisations and NGOs typically aim to provide evidence-based decision-making. Specifically, I focus upon blending social and ecological information to map conservation opportunities across ...
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PositionResearcher
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Dr Nadiah Kristensen

Nadia is a research scientist specialising in ecological modelling, currently living in Brisbane, Australia She is interested in modelling food webs, web assembly and structure, stability, invasibility, dispersal modelling, and large community models incorporating both ecological dynamics and evolution. She joined the University of Queenslnad in B ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Mr Alex Kusmanoff

Alex has a background in law and environmental science, and has previously worked in various policy roles for the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments. Nearing the end of his PhD, his research explores how the strategic use of message framing can enhance conservation messages. This applies principles from various social science disciplines, inclu ...
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PositionPhD Candidate
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Dr Jose Lahoz-Monfort

I have a general interest in wildlife monitoring techniques, demography and population dynamics, the study of species distributions, and the statistical methods that underpin these areas. But of course, always keeping in mind the ultimate step: how these feed into the decision-making process for biodiversity conservation and management so that the ...
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PositionPostdoctoral Research Fellow
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Assoc Prof Noam Levin

I am a geographer, using GIS and remote sensing for understanding land cover changes, wildfires and human activity, and for prioritizing conservation actions in both terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

PositionAssociate Professor
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Prof David Lindenmayer

Professor David Lindenmayer is the Node leader for The Australian National University CEED Node. He currently runs seven large-scale, long-term research programs in south-eastern Australia, with research themes that focus on developing ways to improve integration of native forest harvesting and biodiversity conservation, new approaches to enhance b ...
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PositionResearcher, ANU Node leader
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Member of Theme(s)
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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Twitter@TaraGMartin
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
Prof Michael McCarthy

I am a Professor at the University of Melbourne, and a Chief Investigator for and Deputy Directory of CEED. I am interested in developing, evaluating and applying models to assist environmental management.

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PositionResearcher, CEED Deputy Director
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Member of Theme(s)
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 E.J. Milner-Gulland

My group works at the interface of social and ecological systems. We use a range of approaches to address key issues in current conservation, with the underlying philosophy that in order to make progress we need to consider the incentives faced by individual decision-makers.

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PositionResearcher
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Dr Melinda Moir

My research involves estimating co-extinction rates and providing management advice for co-threatened species. Co-extinction is the loss of a dependent species with its host plant or animal. By utilizing existing datasets of insects from plants, I'm identifying management strategies for sustaining viable populations of endangered insects, which ul ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Member of Theme(s)

Alana was a Post Doctoral Researchers at CEED's University of Melbourne Node until mid 2016.  Alana's background is in pure and applied mathematics. She is interested in applying and extending mathematical optimisation methods to solve problems in conservation biology and environmental management. Current projects include: optimal monitoring ...
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Ms Courtney Morgans

I am interested in understanding how science, policy and economics influence conservation prioritisation and effectiveness. My PhD research is focused on evaluating conservation strategies for the protection of Orang-Utan in Borneo with the aim of identifying key areas and methodologies for targeted investment in order to improve return from conser ...
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PositionPhD candidate
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Mr Will Morris

Will is a PhD student in the Quantitative & Applied Ecology Group at the University of Melbourne, Australia. The subject of his PhD is decision making and planning for forest and woodland management with multiple objectives. A focus of his work is the value of information to decision making in these systems. My background is in applied statist ...
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PositionPhD Student
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Ms Laura Mumaw

Laura is a PhD Student in the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group. In her PhD she will be looking at biodiversity decision making and stewardship in urban neighbourhoods.

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Will is investigating the topic 'Assessing the value of phylogenetic data for conservation planning'. Based at the University of Melbourne, his supervisors are Peter Vesk, Heini Kujala and Laura Pollock.

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PositionPhD Candidate
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Dr James D (Jim) Nichols

Jim is one of CEED's Partner Investigators, based at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center at the US Geologica Survey (USGS).  Jim has been actively involved in CEED since its inception, conducting workshops and tours of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center for international CEED researchers. His current research projects include: ...
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PositionResearcher
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Ms Esti Palma

Esti has a background on environmental sciences and conservation. She is currently undertaking her PhD on plant ecology, with an emphasis on biological invasions. Her main interests lay within functional ecology and community assembly, and her research focuses on how to use functional traits to understand large scale patterns of invasiveness and in ...
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PositionStudent
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Assoc Prof Ram Pandit

Ram's key areas of research interest are: Natural resource economics; Environmental economics; Application of economic valuation techniques (hedonic pricing); Forest policy and management; Urban and community forestry;Ecosystem services; Ecotourism and protected area management; and Biodiversity conservation. Most recently Ram was part of the ...
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PositionAssistant Professor
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Prof David Pannell

David Pannell is Professor in the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Western Australia, Director of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy, and a former Federation Fellow of the Australian Research Council (2007-2012). His research includes the economics of land and water conservation; environmental polic ...
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PositionProfessor & UWA Node leader
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Dr Micheli Duarte de Paula Costa

Dr Micheli Duarte de Paula Costa commenced at the University of Queensland (UQ) as a Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow in September 2015. She is a marine biologist with research interests encompassing spatial ecology, quantitative marine ecology, climate change, and conservation. Her is characterised by novel integration of multiple disciplines ...
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Dr Maksym Polyakov

Maksym received his doctorate degree in applied economics from Auburn University in 2004. Prior to coming to UWA, he had postdoctoral positions at Auburn University and NCSU studying anthropogenic effects on diversity of forest trees; impact of property tax policy, urbanization, and markets on land use change; and analysing harvest behaviour of pri ...
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PositionResearch Assistant Professor
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Prof Hugh Possingham

Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) (2011-2016) and Vice-chancellor's senior research fellow (2012-2015). I like making problems … and getting someone else to solve them for me. My group is amorphous and fuzzy at the edges. Happy to work with anyone that has strong quantitative skills that is dedicate ...
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PositionCEED Director
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Member of Theme(s)
Twitter@hugepossum
Dr Jodi Price

Jodi is a plant ecologist broadly interested in community assembly and species coexistence. Her PhD research (completed in 2008) focused on species coexistence and vegetation change in species rich woodlands in south eastern Australia. She then completed a post doc examining the effects of different disturbances on competition and dominance of an i ...
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Ms Alina Pung

Alina is completing her Masters of Botany at the University of Melbourne. Her research focused on modelling bird responses to wildfire and prescribed burning in Victoria’s foothills forest. This project was supervised by Professor Mick McCarthy, Dr. Luke Kelly and Dr. Karen Rowe (Museum Victoria). The findings from this study demonstrated th ...
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PositionMasters Student
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Ms Keren Raiter

Keren is a PhD candidate interested in integrating ecological insights into policy and planning for improved decision making and conservation outcomes. She currently investigates mining-related disturbances in relatively intact landscapes with a focus on ‘enigmatic ecological impacts’: ecological impacts of development that are not syst ...
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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
Twitter@tracyrout
Dr Libby Rumpff

Libby is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Melbourne. She collaborate with other CEED researchers to work on a range of projects in the realm of: Adaptive management and structured decision making for natural resource management and conservation; Management and restoration of vegetation condition and habitat in various ecosystems; ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Mr Gerard Ryan

Conservation is failing to mitigate the global degradation and destruction of biodiversity. I want to know how we - the conservation community - can increase the impact of our actions. I'm investigating a series of case studies that aim to understand measuring the impact of and optimizing conservation actions. These case-studies span the scale ...
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PositionPhD Student
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Twitter@silverlangur
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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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Twitter@DRobcito
Mr David Salt

David Salt is the Editor of CEED's bimonthly magazine, Decision Point. Decision Point presents news and views on environmental decision making, biodiversity, conservation planning and monitoring. Prior to CEED, David created and produced The Helix magazine for CSIRO Education, Newton magazine for Australian Geographic, Materials Monthly for the AN ...
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Mr Matthew Selinske

Matthew is a PhD candidate at RMIT, with Associate Professor Sarah Bekessy, where he is investigating human decision-making in incentivised conservation programmes. In conjunction with this work he is exploring predictive tools and theories used by other disciplines to forecast human behaviour and their potential value to conservation science. Matt ...
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PositionPhD Student
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Twitter@m_selinske
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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Member of Theme(s)

Claire provides administrative and research support to Professor David Lindenmayer and his large research group at The Australian National University. She has been involved with the CEED Node at ANU since its inception.

PositionProject Administrator
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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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Ms Freya Thomas

Freya is interested in how key plant functional traits are generated for fire prone communities.

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PositionStudent
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Member of Theme(s)
Dr Reid Tingley

Reid's research focuses on understanding how species' traits and environmental change influence the dual processes of extinction and invasion in amphibians and reptiles. 

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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Member of Theme(s)
Twitter@r_tingley
Mrs Nooshin Torabi

I am a PhD student in RMIT University, Melbourne. My thesis title is Integrated Ecological and Socio-Economic Modelling of Biodiverse Plantings for Carbon Sequestration. I want to explore the socio-cultural drivers of private landholders who participate in biodiverse carbon plantings in their properties. Also, I am interested in finding out additi ...
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PositionPhD Student
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Dr Ayesha Tulloch

Ayesha is a Research Fellow at the Australian National University and Associate Fellow with the University of Queensland where she completed her PhD on optimal monitoring. Her research focuses on using ecological knowledge to inform conservation decision-making processes. She is a conservation biologist interested in particular in decisions that t ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Researcher 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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Dr Leonie Valentine

Leonie is a wildlife biologist with broad interests in conservation biology and ecology, particularly focussed around the link between the environment, fauna and human-mediated disturbances. Her research seeks to understand how and why fauna respond to disturbances; the role of fauna in ecosystem function; and, adaptive management strategies availa ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Ms Els Van Burm

Environmental managers often deal with uncertainty while making decisions. This uncertainty can be reduced by allocating resources towards learning about the system through monitoring. Gaining more information through monitoring does not necessarily contribute to better decision making though. In some cases, allocating resources towards monitoring ...
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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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Assoc Prof Peter Vesk

I am an ecologist working mainly with plants. My research focusses on gathering and organising knowledge for ecological management of rural landscapes, on generalising ecological knowledge so as to facilitate availability of knowledge, and interactions between plants and animals. I aim to bridge the gap between field ecology and modelling. Recent ...
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PositionChief Invesitgator, Researcher
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Mr Casey Visintin

My research interests include most topics involving environmental conservation. One of the primary interests, however, is developing efficient and effective methods for studying, analysing, predicting, and mitigating ecological damage caused by human industrialization and development. So what does this mean exactly? Well, I enjoy proffering intere ...
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PositionPhD Student
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Mr Matt West

I am currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne with funding by Zoos Victoria. My research currently focuses on how threatening processes affect the critically endangered Spotted Tree Frog (Litoria spenceri). I am supervised by Michael McCarthy and Graeme Gillespie.

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PositionPhD Student
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Member of Theme(s)
Twitter@FroggerOne
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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Prof Brendan Wintle

I’m an conservation ecologist, Professor and ARC Future Fellow. I’m interested in uncertainty and conservation decision making. I coordinate and teach 3rd year Applied Ecology at Melbourne University.  I’m Deputy Director of the Commonwealth Government’s National Environmental Science Programme Thr ...
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PositionResearcher, UoM Node leader
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Mr Michael Wysong

Nowhere is the competing conflict between nature and culture more apparent within a single wildlife species in Australia than with the dingo; a species that is at once both classified as a pest and protected species, and perceived as feral or native. The dingo has long been considered a threat to the pastoral industry and government sponsored dingo ...
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PositionPhD Student
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Dr Jian Yen

Jian is a mathematically trained ecologist working broadly across population and community ecology. He is particularly interested in linking theory and data to develop more accurate models of ecological populations and communities. His current work emphasizes the use of functional traits to construct models that can be transferred among species and ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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