After moving to the University of Sydney, Edd continued to contribute to CEED research through collaboration with researchers at the University of Queensland. Edd continued to be involved in projects in two key areas:
1. The overlap around the world of biodiversity hotspots and areas of military & civil conflict.
2. Understanding species population decline by Predicting trajectories through understanding patterns of decline.
In addition to leading these two projects, Edd was also involved in other work investigating Brigalow ecosystem services, global forest regeneration initiatives, and taxonomic sufficiency in environmental assessments.
Recent studies have shown that there exists an unfortunate overlap between many of the world's biodiversity hotspots and areas of military and civil conflict. Due to their biological importance, ignoring conservation in areas experiencing conflict may have serious consequences for the ecosystems themselves, and the local communities depending on the services they provide. In response, we undertook conservation planning exercises accounting for the risk and severity of conflict, to produce recommendations that protect sufficient levels of biodiversity while minimising risks to personnel and success of the project. This work was undertaken with Kerrie Wilson, Ayesha Tulloch and others.
The rapid detection of population declines is crucial to identifying populations at risk. However, not all patterns of decline are equal and will require different management actions. Therefore, an integral component in the effective management of populations is predicting their trajectories by understanding patterns of decline. Undertaking monitoring plans to acquire population data, and the implementation of management actions following the analysis of data incurs heavy financial and opportunity costs. Designing monitoring strategies to most efficiently detect declines is therefore crucial to bringing the maximum return on investment. These investigations were conducted with Jonathan Rhodes, Martina Di Fonzo and others.