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Environmental Policy and Management Evaluation

Researchers from Theme A study and evaluate the effectiveness of environmental management actions, such as establishing protected areas, habitat and ecosystem restoration at a landscape scale and marine zoning. Our work has ranged from the global and continental to local scales. Working across scales, we explore the implications of policy and management options for biodiversity and other ecosystem and environmental processes, such as water and carbon balances. Research in this area is expected to contribute to IPBES – the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services ... read more

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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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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Twitter@MariaBeger
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 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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Member of Theme(s)
Twitter@bode_e
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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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 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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Member of Theme(s)
Twitter@abbeyerica
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 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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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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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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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)
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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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.

Status
PositionResearcher, CEED Deputy Director
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Member of Theme(s)
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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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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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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Twitter@hugepossum
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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Member of Theme(s)
Twitter@silverlangur
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)
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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Member of Theme(s)