University of Queensland
Jutta completed her studies in Germany and left University with a huge interest for spatial ecology, GIS analysis and conservation.
After some years of working as a freelance biologist and diverse international internships she is currently employed to improve infrastructure, usage and sharing of existing spatial data sets at CEED.
Joe's research touches on a variety of areas in community ecology, including invasion ecology, biogeography and spatial statistics. He has a particular interest in practical questions regarding invasive species control and management to protect threatened species.
He also works on theoretical questions regarding coexistence in fluctuating environments and the determinants of community assembly in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. His current projects include the following: modelling species invasions; refining multi-species management for rare species; taxonomic sufficiency in environmental assessments; and interpreting native versus exotic community patterns to inform conservation decisions.
He is involved in three CEE ...
I work at the interface between disease, movement and population ecology. Spatial and social structure in host populations has a profound influence on disease transmission, prevalence, persistence and, therefore, the evolution of pathogens. My focus is on understanding how environment shapes the distribution and dispersal of hosts, trade-offs between connectivity and transmission, and the implications of metapopulation dynamics for control. Advancing our understanding of disease transmission in the context of host ecology is fundamental to improving our ability to respond effectively to emerging infectious disease, which is a critical human health and conservation threat.
Dr Duan Biggs is from South Africa and 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. Dr Biggs holds an MsC in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town and has a trans-disciplinary undergraduate training with majors in Economics, Development Studies and Environmental Science.
He has developed, coordinated and consulted to projects for BirdLife International, Conservational International and WWF among others. In March 2012, he started a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions where his research focuses on the socio-economic aspects of conservatio ...
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 system specific simulation models, experiments and observational studies. I develop models to address applied problems and provide practical solutions.
Current projects include: population dynamics, spread and management of invasive grasses, herbs, shrubs and trees, experimental and theoretical evaluation of biological control and causes and consequences of invasive plant alteration of eco ...
I am conducting a research on the topic of "Restoration Planning of Tropical Secondary Forest: Maximizing Outcomes for Carbon, Biodiversity and Socio-economic in context of REDD+.
My PhD focuses on the knowledge gaps required in the context of climate change mitigation and the extensive areas of land degradation in tropical countries. Advanced theories and decision support tools from systematic conservation planning will be used to create an effective forest rehabilitation plan using spatially explicit data and based on ecological theories of tropical forest succession. This planning system, combined with the potential of the REDD+ scheme, will be used to develop various scenarios for tropical forest rehabilitation with the objec ...
My research focuses on the interaction of climate/climate change and biodiversity, previously mainly applied to forest ecosystems. Currently I am combining species distribution modelling and ecosystem vulnerability for tree species and communities in Australian vegetation groups to predict which treed ecosystems may be most threatened by climate change, and where conservation efforts should focus.
Other current projects include green turtle vulnerability to climate change in the Coral Triangle, and developing a general framework for species vulnerability to climate change which incorporates the cost and feasibility of conservation actions.
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 and endangered species, and using decision science tools to help address some of the uncertainties surrounding where and when to protect critical habitats, and how to maximize the conservation benefit of protection while minimizing the potential socio-economic costs of critical habitat designations.
Jane is the powerhouse behind our workshops and events. Jane cheerfully, imaginatively and economically organises many events and numerous people involved in them. She chats to scientists, students, travel agents, airlines, hotels, caterers and venues, all with a smile and perfect style. She manages to do this without hitting anyone or going completely mad - possibly because she has learnt to laugh a lot at work!
I'm interested on the effects of fragmentation and human activities to biodiversity in rapidly-transformed areas. My research focuses on the conservation of primate communities and integrates spatial models of fragmentation effects with socio economic data to identify conservation priorities in the Orinoquia region of Colombia.
My project will aim to analyse habitat loss and fragmentation in the Orinoquia region of Colombia and to develop novel approaches for decision making in these types rapidly-transforming "frontier" landscapes. This research implies to analyse conservation issues in private lands and how involve actively private landowners in the conservation of Orinoquia habitat. This includes a decision making in the context ...
Heather is the Office Manager at the University of Queensland, which is the administering organisation for the Centre of Excellence. This means she has to wrangle information into submission for not only UQ but often for all the nodes, to help Dr Alvin van Niekerk. She does this whilst answering a thousand questions (all different to those Melisa deals with) and remaining cheerful and sane. Luckily she too is good at her job!
I use spatially explicit models of spread to explore how localised initial plant populations become large, widespread, invasive populations. I investigate the phenomenon of plant spread on both homogeneous and heterogeneous landscapes. I am also interested in complex dynamic landscapes where the weed and the landscape interact with each other as the invasion progresses.
I joined CEED in 2013 bringing a background in population-level extinction risk analyses, which I am applying to develop methods for multi-species conservation prioritisation and to re-evaluate the concept of 'minimum viable population size (MVP)' using decision theory.
I am generally interested in conservation prioritisation approaches, and I am involved in a working group, led by Ayesha Tulloch, focussed on resource allocation problems for threatened species using the Project Prioritisation Protocol (PPP) method. Specifically, ...
Karen is just a bit nerdy. She looks after Science Communication Technology for CEED including this web site, databases, publications and media.
I am interested in the human and socio-economic aspects that affect nature conservation. My current research focuses on human social networks and their role in the effectiveness of conservation actions. In particular my research looks at how webs of human relationships can be utilised for dealing with multi-scalar conservation issues.
I am also interested in the links between human and ecological systems, and how they should be accounted for in environmental decision making.
My general area of research is applied spatial conservation planning. Currently my research is focused on supporting conservation decisions in the Coral Triangle, the world's epicentre of coral reef biological diversity.
I am interested in integrated land-sea planning, marine zoning, and fisheries management. I am working in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Conservation International to ensure my research helps to achieve positive conservation outcomes.
I obtained my PhD from The University of Queensland in 2010. I am currently an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow as part of an ARC Discovery Grant with Dr. Ben Halpern from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
I'm currently working on "Synergies and tradeoffs in forest carbon landscapes". My goal is to provide some guidance as to how we can best use carbon markets and associated mechanisms to support sustainable development and biodiversity conservation in a REDD+ priority region.
This project supports CEED Theme A, Spatial planning for landscape restoration and management, through aiming to balance the carbon-focussed landscape management with likely biodiversity and socio-economic impacts. It also contributes to Theme C, Rapidly transforming landscapes, by developing novel approaches for providing information to support policy development of multi-stakeholder, multiple action land management
Melisa is the Executive Assistant to Professor Hugh Possingham and Dr Alvin van Niekerk. Melisa has the almost impossible task of knowing everything that Hugh IS doing and IS SUPPOSED to be doing, whilst answering a thousand questions a day, smiling and looking stunning all at once. Fortunately for us, she almost always succeeds!
Personal Assistant to Hugh Possingham
Ramona's research mainly focus on species distribution modelling that she has applied to species of different taxonomic groups and to vegetation communities, starting with her master and then continuing with her PhD that she completed within Antoine Guisan's Ecospat lab in Lausanne, Switzerland.
During her first postdoc at the Swiss Ornithological Institute she assessed the impact of future climate and land use change on the distribution of breeding birds within Switzerland.
She is currently working on an NCCARF funded project modelling optimal restoration and protection strategies for Australia's threatened species under climate change here at CEED.
Azusa is a PhD Student and is interested in developing integrated planning. She is now working on marine conservation projects that consider land-sea connectivity in Fiji and also in her home country, Japan.
Azusa has worked with local NGO In Fiji on a marine zoning project which involved her presenting her results at the stakeholder's meeting.
Azusa is also involved in a project in Japan, focusing on how climate change would affect priority selection for conservation.
Maria commenced her PhD with Dr Kerrie Wilson in September 2012. Her research interest includes conservation and natural resource management. More specifically, Maria is interested in the development of methodological tools to support decision making processes to inform about ecosystem service supply, spatial trade-offs among ES and biodiversity, as well as as to prioritize areas that will allow alignment of multiple conservation goals.
My research interests include conservation planning for threatened marine species, the role of cross-country collaboration in conservation and the application of systematic planning tools in the marine realm. My PhD focuses on advancing systematic conservation planning in Mediterranean Sea, where few effective marine protected areas exist.
I am particularly interested in sea turtles, exploring drivers of their nesting patterns and using decision support tools to select priority areas for sea turtle conservation. I am currently working on a zoning plan for the territorial waters of Israel in cooperation with the Nature and Parks Authority of Israel and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (read more...
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 urgency of the conservation issue.
In particular she is interested in decisions about when to invest in monitoring and adaptive management and how such processes can aid decision-making in the face of uncertainty about climate change.
To facilitate her work Eve uses approaches from applied mathematics, manufacturing sciences, artificial intelligence research and economic ...
ARC Post Doctoral Fellow
Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) 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 dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity or like birds. I have coauthored with over 400 people and supervised more than 50 PhD students. We are outcome focussed and our work helped stop land clearing in Australia, saving 10% of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions. We provided tools and knowledge for the rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef and Australia's entire EEZ creating a reserve system b ...
I am an applied ecologist with a broad range of interests in conservation biology, spatial modelling, and environmental decision making.
My research is centred around two main themes: (1) biodiversity conservation in human-dominated and dynamically changing landscapes; and (2) optimal monitoring for environmental management.
I am particularly interested in how spatial ecological processes, human social processes and multiple threats interact to determine optimal decisions for biodiversity conservation and monitoring.
Claire completed her honours at Queensland University of Technology in 2002 and spent eight years working as a Forensic Chemist before returning to study. Her PhD combines a passion for birds with an interest in conservation planning.
She is currently working on mapping current and future movement patterns of Australian nomadic land-birds with a view to managing the impacts of climate change and habitat loss.
As an undergraduate, I studied a Bachelors program in Environmental Management (Sustainable Development) at the University of Queensland, and was awarded First Class Honours and a University Medal (top 1%) in 2011. My Honours project was incorporated with CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship, and involved comparing the output of different elevation data sets and models of how coastal ecosystems will respond to sea level rise. During my Honours year I was supervised by Dr. Jonathan Rhodes and ...
Trish is a PhD student in the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at the University of Queensland. Her interests include ecological modelling and conservation planning.
Trish's current research is focussed on quantifying the effectiveness of biological surrogates in tropical benthic marine systems, with the aim of providing guidelines for selecting optimal and minimal sets of taxa to be surveyed for monitoring and management purposes.
I am a conservation biologist interested in monitoring and management of threats to biodiversity. I integrate disciplinary perspectives (economic, social, political and environmental) to evaluate approaches for prioritising conservation investments in multiple stakeholder landscapes. I have a particular interest in invasive and mobile predators, network theory, cost-benefit analysis, migratory species and bird ecology.
I am currently working on tools and approaches for prioritising investment in adaptive management and monitoring of multiple species and threats, and on trans-boundary conservation issues such as collaboration, large-scale species movements and international policy. I am also interested in the use of decision theor ...
Alvin brings a wealth of experience to CEED as he was previously the Chief Operations Officer (COO) for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Legume Research.
I have recently completed my PhD on the ecology of rainforest regeneration, studying the functional diversity of rainforest plants in primary and secondary rainforests in Australia's Wet Tropics. This project quantified the trade-offs and interdependencies among ecological traits that affect abilities to regenerate in secondary forests, and highlighted the role of vertebrate seed dispersal in shaping the diversity and distribution of regeneration over many decades.