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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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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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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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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 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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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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Hubert Cheung

Hubert has a passion for the mammals of the African savanna, and is particularly interested in the way modern society interacts with the natural environment. Growing up in the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong, he became very aware of anthropogenic impacts on the natural environment. His doctoral research focuses on the demand for rhino horn in Chin ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ms Freya Thomas

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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