CEED Research topics

At its inception in 2011, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions had three problem-based research themes, underpinned by two research methods. At our annual conference in September 2013 the Chief Investigators, our International Advisory Panel and our centre Advisory Board agreed that the original CEED themes were a sub-optimal packaging of our research. Five new theme names were decided upon – again, three problem-based and two approach-based. They do not represent a significant change in focus, more a change in in the way we package our ideas and present ourselves . All our research is now coordinated through these five themes presented below, each with dedicated theme leaders. 

Theme A - JRigma 320pxwTheme A - Environmental Policy & Management Evaluation  Leader: Prof Salit Kark

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Researchers from Theme A study and evaluate the effectiveness of environmental management actions, such as establishing protected areas, habitat and ecosystem restoration at a landscape scale and marine zoning. Our work has ranged from the global and continental to local scales. Working across scales, we explore the implications of policy and management options for biodiversity and other ecosystem and environmental processes, such as water and carbon balances. Research in this area is expected to contribute to IPBES – the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. The research within this theme encompasses several sub-areas, two of which are highlighted on this site...read more

Theme B - LJoseph 320pxwTheme B - Optimal Monitoring  Leader: Dr Jonathan Rhodes

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Our work on how to monitor efficiently and effectively is transforming optimal monitoring into a central pillar of environmental decision-making and prioritisation. Monitoring is crucial for providing information to make environmental decisions and CEED research focuses on identifying monitoring actions and strategies that provide the greatest environmental outcomes for the lowest cost. The research within this theme encompasses three key sub-areas which are highlighted here...read more

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Theme C - Socio/Ecological Analysis and Modelling  Leader: Prof Sarah Bekessy

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We build on techniques from a range of disciplines, and develop methods to analyse, model and integrate knowledge about socio-economic and ecological processes to improve environmental decision-making. This theme recognises that environmental management is, by definition, a social and political process, so responses to environmental problems must focus at least in part on human behaviour and social preferences...read more

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Theme D - Ecological Theory and Processes  Leader: Assoc Prof Peter Vesk

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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

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Theme E - Quantitative Tools and Approaches  Leader: Dr Michael Bode

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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