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James grew up in Kenya where he was surrounded by wildlife and the outdoors. School holidays were spent on safari game driving with clients, discussing Africa's conservation challenges around the campfire, and on walking safaris in some of Kenya's wildest and most beautiful regions.This inspired James to study a science degree, the highlight being ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Through his PhD research, Brendan is investigating the question of when it is more cost effective to protect pristine vs degraded ecosystems in order to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services. This is essential knowledge for anyone wishing to optimise the allocation of scarce conservation funding.

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Ms Dini Fardila

Dini's research focuses on community ecology, landscape ecology and quantitative ecology. Dini studied bird communities along an urbanization gradient for her Master Degree. For her PhD research project, she aims 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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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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Veronica is currently doing her PhD studying patterns of extinction risk in migratory birds.

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Valerie's research interests include biodiversity conservation and ecological restoration. Her research project investigates the potential for achieving multiple outcomes for biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration from restoration projects. More specifically it involves evaluating how the costs and likelihood of success of restoration v ...
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Jeff is a PhD student in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland. He is creating algorithms to design reserve networks that are resistant to environmental change and (indirectly) protect greater amounts of genetic diversity. Jeff is supervised by Dr Richard Fuller and Dr Jonathan Rhodes. Before starting his PhD, Jeff compl ...
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Mr Mathew Hardy

Mat is a PhD candidate investigating decision theoretic approaches to private land conservation in Australia, supported by RMIT University and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions. He is particularly interested in the use of conservation covenants and revolving funds for protecting biodiversity on privat ...
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Kendall is passionate about biodiversity conservation in general, but has a particular interest in marine conservation and climate change. His PhD will investigate and develop methods for incorporating land-use change and climate change into marine conservation planning.

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Caitlin is currently completing her PhD through the University of Queensland, under the supervision of Prof Hugh Possingham, Prof Cathering Lovelock, and Dr Alienor Chauvenet.

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Hsien-Yung completed his BSc and MSc in marine biology and migratory fish at National Taiwan University. Now, as a PhD student at University of Queensland, he is interested in the conservation of diadromous fish, as different habitat requirements during the different stages of their life history make them vulnerable to a range of different stressor ...
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Ms Sofía López-Cubillos

Growing up in Colombia gave Sofía the opportunity to explore the great biodiversity that it holds and this influenced her to study biology with a particular focus on entomology and evolution. By the end of her bachelor degree, Sofía's concern about the pressure humans were imposing on the planet motivated her to change fields and stud ...
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Ms Bonnie Mappin

Bonnie Mappin is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland in School of Biology and the School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management. Her research focuses on evidence-based decision science for the optimisation of limited funds in conservation efforts for halting biodiversity loss. The main themes of Bonnie’s research inclu ...
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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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Mr Sean Maxwell

Sean's research focuses on planning for dynamic threats to species and ecosystems of conservation concern. He is 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 agricul ...
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Ms Jennifer McGowan

Jennifer is a PhD candidate in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at The University of Queensland, Australia. Her 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. She is interested ...
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Ms Courtney Morgans

Courtney is interested in understanding how science, policy and economics influence conservation prioritisation and effectiveness. Her 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 fro ...
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Mr William 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. His background is in applied statis ...
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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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Ms Estibaliz 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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Stephanie is currently researching how management and landscape attributes influence the reptile and frog assemblage in grazed box gum grassy woodlands. She is interested in how to improve biodiversity outcomes in human modified landscapes such as agricultural areas. Stephanie is a keen field ecologist and enjoys getting out in the landscapes she s ...
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Ms Leslie Roberson

Leslie has an interdisciplinary background in biological conservation that started with a B.A. in Environmental Studies at Yale University, during which she was able to work on several projects related to natural resource management and conservation in Latin America and the Caribbean. She then spent a year studying sea turtle by-catch and tradition ...
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Mr Andrew Rogers

Andrew's primary research interests include species' use of highly transformed habitats, conservation management in human dominated landscapes and habitat restoration. He is particularly interested in the impact of invasive species on native community assembly and function. Recent work has included quantifying novel ecosystem support of native spec ...
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Mr Gerard Ryan

Conservation is failing to mitigate the global degradation and destruction of biodiversity. Gerard wants to know how we - the conservation community - can increase the impact of our actions. He is investigating a series of case studies that aim to understand measuring the impact of and optimizing conservation actions. These case-studies span t ...
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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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Mr Andres Felipe Suarez-Castro

Felipe is particularly interested in using the knowledge on ecological functioning in conservation and environmental management planning. His research interests include the following areas: species distribution patterns, landscape ecology and functional ecology. He holds a Master's degree in conservation and wildlife management, and has worked on h ...
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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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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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Ms Julia van Velden

Julia is a PhD student with the Environmental Futures Research Institute at Griffith University and is generally interested in socio-ecological systems and sustainable resource extraction. She started her PhD project in 2017, investigating the spatial and social dynamics of the bushmeat trade in savanna systems of Africa.  She is particularly ...
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Mr Ruben Venegas

Ruben is originally from Costa Rica, where he did his BSc in Biology. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he worked for several years in a Sea Turtle Conservation project in the Caribbean coast of the country. Ruben was also involved in environmental education activities, and together with other colleagues, started Keto Foundation, a Non-for- ...
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Mr Casey Visintin

Casey's 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, Casey enjoys proffer ...
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Ms Michelle Ward

Michelle’s research broadly focuses on applied conservation research that is linked directly to the on the ground actions. More specifically, she is interested in efficient reserve design, landscape management, planning and mitigating dynamic threats, cost-effective conservation actions, ecosystem service management and conserving threat ...
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David is a PhD student in the Quantitative & Applied Ecology Group at the University of Melbourne. His project involves a comparison of proposed occupancy metric-based Joint Species Distribution Models (JSDM), and the development of extensions to the JSDM framework to account for factors such as imperfect detection and correlation of detections ...
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In 2015, Steve undertook a PhD on the "Ecology and Conservation of Indonesian Javan or Lesser one-horned Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus sondaicus Demarest, 1822), in Ujung Kulon National Park, West Java, Indonesia", aiming to do the work over a four year time frame. These animals are amongst the most critically endangered species on the planet wi ...
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Melissa completed her BSc - Honours degree with CEED at the University of Queensland in 2013, majoring in Ecology. She is now a PhD student at the Australian National University.

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Ms Hui Xiao

Hui is a PhD student jointly supervised by UQ/CSIRO/INRA. She completed her bachelor of economics in China, her master of statistics & econometrics in France, and is now doing her PhD of applied math on ecology at UQ. Her research is at the crossroad of applied math, conservation science and economics, investigating the optimal ecosystem m ...
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