Associate Professor Elith specialises in species distribution models, statistical models that describe relationships between the occurrence or abundance of species and the environment.
She has made outstanding original academic contributions to species modelling.
This modelling is key in many aspects of species management, including current distributions of threatened species, predicting how distributions might change in future, supporting threat management, and controlling invasive species.
Associate Professor Elith is a Thomson Reuters highly cited scholar (2014-2016), placing her in the top 1% of scholars internationally.
She was awarded the 2015 Prime Minister’s prize for Life Scientist of the Year and the 2016 Frank Fenner medal from the Academy of Science.
“It’s a great honour to be elected to the Academy, and to be given the opportunity to contribute to the profile and substance of Australia’s science into the future,” Associate Professor Elith said.
Watch a video with Associate Professor Elith discussing her work.
Read the University of Melbourne news release.