Dr Davis receiving her awardCEED Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Katrina Davis has won the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Postgraduate Prize for 2016.

Dr Davis received the award at the 61st AARES annual conference dinner in Brisbane on February 8.

Dr Davis, whose current postdoctoral research focuses on the economics of conservation, works with former and current CEED directors Professor Hugh Possingham and Professor Kerrie Wilson.

Professor Wilson congratulated Dr Davis on her award, and said she was a rising star in conservation science.

“Her research investigates optimal use of natural resources to maximise the productivity of human and ecological systems,” she said.

“She is interested in how management costs can be incorporated into spatial planning, and how these costs will affect the success of management outcomes and stakeholder-engagement with zoning regimes.”

Dr Davis’ research examines how to integrate expert and stakeholder preferences for marine ecological features by incorporating non-market valuation into marine spatial optimisation.

She completed her PhD, entitled “Economic benefits and costs of spatial marine management,” in 2015 through the University of Western Australia under the tutelage of Professor David Pannell, Dr Marit Kragt and Dr Steven Schilizzi.

As part of her PhD she worked with Dr Stefan Gelcich and Professor Juan Carlos Castilla at the Chilean Catholic University to investigate optimal management of coastal marine environments in Chile.

Dr Davis has a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Western Australia, and a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) from Edith Cowan University.

Dr Davis’ most recent publication was an assessment of why artisanal fishers in Chile might choose not to enforce their marine user rights, published in the journal of Environmental & Resource Economics.

In 2015, her paper “Accounting for enforcement costs in the spatial allocation of marine zones”, won the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Quality of Research Communication award, and the Best Work Accepted for Publication award from the University of Western Australia.