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Optimal Monitoring

Our work on how to monitor efficiently and effectively is transforming optimal monitoring into a central pillar of environmental decision-making and prioritisation. Monitoring is crucial for providing information to make environmental decisions and CEED research focuses on identifying monitoring actions and strategies that provide the greatest environmental outcomes for the lowest cost ... read more

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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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 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 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
Dr Matthew Holden

I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Queensland's ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) in Brisbane, Australia. Mathematical tools unify my research across several diverse topics in environmental science, including illegal use and trade of natural resources, fisheries management, NGO and stakeholder behavio ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Twitter@MattHHolden
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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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
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
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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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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Twitter@r_tingley
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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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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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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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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