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Ecological Theory and Processes

We tackle strategic, fundamental ecological science questions that are expected to inform environmental decisions. Ecology is the science of the patterns and processes determining species abundance and distribution and interactions between them and the environment. It would be foolish to advise managers and policy makers about how to manage ecosystems without understanding the critical features of those ecosystems that affect decision-making ... read more

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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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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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 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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PositionPhD Candidate
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Prof Richard Hobbs

Richard is one of CEED's Chief Investigators and is one of the Leaders for our Theme A - Spatial Planning for Landscape Restoration & Management. Richard is an ecologist, with extensive experience in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe and United States.  Richard joined UWA in 2009 where he leads the ERIE Research Group within the Sch ...
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Dr Karen Ikin

Karen is a landscape ecologist at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. Her research background is in wildlife and habitat conservation in human-modified environments, such as those that occur in urban and agricultural landscapes. She is particularly interested in how ecological knowledge can be applied ...
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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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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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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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PositionPhD Student
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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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Dr Jodi Price

Jodi is a plant ecologist broadly interested in community assembly and species coexistence. Her PhD research (completed in 2008) focused on species coexistence and vegetation change in species rich woodlands in south eastern Australia. She then completed a post doc examining the effects of different disturbances on competition and dominance of an i ...
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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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PositionStudent
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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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Dr Leonie Valentine

Leonie is a wildlife biologist with broad interests in conservation biology and ecology, particularly focussed around the link between the environment, fauna and human-mediated disturbances. Her research seeks to understand how and why fauna respond to disturbances; the role of fauna in ecosystem function; and, adaptive management strategies availa ...
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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 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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