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Quantitative Tools and Approaches

Our activities are all quantitative, extending from fundamental research into mathematical approaches to ecological questions, through to training on-the-ground managers to use decision-support tools. For example, in 2013, CEED researchers developed novel quantitative approaches for modeling the detectability of species, applied new methods to management problems such as identifying threatened ecosystems, addressed mainstream issues through engagement with managers and policy makers by developing tools for project prioritisation and biodiversity offsetting ... 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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Twitter@saverygo
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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PositionPhD Student
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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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Twitter@bode_e
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 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 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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Member of Theme(s)
Twitter@GGuillera
Dr Matthew Holden

Dr. Matthew Holden is an applied mathematician, using dynamic models and decision theory to improve conservation planning when conservation benefits depend on how humans modify their behaviour in response to policy. Some of his projects include saving the African elephant from poaching for ivory and developing novel quantitative methods for in ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
E-mail
Member of Theme(s)
Twitter@MattHHolden
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
E-mail
Member of Theme(s)
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 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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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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Member of Theme(s)
Prof Hugh Possingham

Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) (2011-2016) and Vice-chancellor's senior research fellow (2012-2015). I like making problems … and getting someone else to solve them for me. My group is amorphous and fuzzy at the edges. Happy to work with anyone that has strong quantitative skills that is dedicate ...
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PositionCEED Director
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Member of Theme(s)
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 Rob Salguero-Gomez

Rob is an evolutionary biologist and population ecologist. His work examines the drivers of demographic variation in order to determine which functional traits may predict the risk of local extinction of endangered species and the potential for invasion of alien species. He uses a multitude of research approaches to explore these ecological general ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Twitter@DRobcito
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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Member of Theme(s)
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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Member of Theme(s)
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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PositionPhD Student
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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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