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RESEARCHERS & STAFF

Below is a list, sorted alphabetically by surname, of all current CEED funded researchers and support staff. 

James grew up in Kenya where he was surrounded by wildlife and the outdoors. School holidays were spent on safari game driving with clients, discussing Africa's conservation challenges around the campfire, and on walking safaris in some of Kenya's wildest and most beautiful regions.This inspired James to study a science degree, the highlight being ...
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Ms Carla Archibald

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Dr Kathy Avent

Kathy Avent joins CEED as Chief Operations Officer, bringing 15 years of research management, strategy and leadership to support the operations and planning for the centre. Kathy provides support to the CEED Director and leadership group to achieve its strategic targets, meet reporting requirements and promote the outcomes and impact of CEED resea ...
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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

Chris' research interests are about using mathematical models to help improve management. The focus of his 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. He is also working on developing ...
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Ms Michelle Baker

Michelle is assisting in the communications at CEED. She has a BSc in Ecology and Conservation Biology (First Class Honours, 2005) from Griffith University. Michelle has worked in several research teams in universities, with a focus in research communication  / knowledge brokering. She also has a background in traditional scientific illustrat ...
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Dr Philip Barton

Dr Philip Barton is a research fellow in the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University. He leads research on the structure and diversity of insect communities and their ecological roles in both natural and modified landscapes.

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Ms Sana Bau

Sana is a current PhD candidate at The University of Melbourne, researching the use of evidence in conservation decisions and the interaction of value-based and technical judgements in decision making. Sana’s research takes an integrated perspective on emerging conservation issues. Sana’s research interests cover a broad spectrum of to ...
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Prof Sarah Bekessy

Associate Professor Sarah Bekessy has been teaching and conducting research in environmental studies at RMIT University since 2004. Using her background in conservation biology and more recent experience in the social sciences, Sarah has established a successful research team that seeks to engage in high impact, interdisciplinary and collaborative ...
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Position at CEEDPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Ms Louise Blackmore

Louise Blackmore is a PhD student in the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Western Australia. She has a general interest in biodiversity management and policy, particularly how biodiversity conservation may be achieved on private lands. Louise’s key research interests include: the social aspects of environment ...
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Ms Dolla Boutros

Dolla has the almost impossible task of keeping all our University of Melbourne researchers organised.

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Prof Yvonne Buckley

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 sys ...
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Position at CEEDPartner Investigator
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Twitter@y_buckley
Dr Nathalie Butt

Nathalie is an Australian Research Council Fellow. Her work is concerned with the interactions between biodiversity and climate/climate change, previously focussing on forests in tropical South America and temperate Europe, and now including Australian forests and ecosystems. She is currently working on global-scale analyses of climate and human im ...
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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Research Fellow
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Ms Pauline Byron

Pauline joins Dolla in the almost impossible task of keeping all our University of Melbourne researchers organised.

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Rebecca is a Research Officer with the Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology Research Group at UWA. She has been with the group since 2010 and in 2017 became the Centre Manager for the ERIE. Rebecca provides academic and administrative support to the ERIE lab. She helps the group manage their CEED project budgets, travel bo ...
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Dr Iadine Chadès

Dr Iadine Chadès provides guidance to managers on how to make decisions under uncertainty in the most efficient way. She is particularly interested in discovering the mechanistic insights underpinning optimal decision-making. Originally trained in Artificial Intelligence, Iadine turned towards ecology to develop optimisation methods to man ...
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Twitter@iadinec

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Dr Alienor Chauvenet

Alienor commenced at the University of Queensland (UQ) as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in October 2014. She is a quantitative ecologist with a keen interest in optimal decision-making. Her research is about enhancing our knowledge and implementation of species conservation and management using state-of-the-art techniques. At present, her researc ...
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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow
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Mr Diego Correa Gomez

Diego is developing a project between the Schools of Agriculture and Food Sciences (Prof Peer Schenk, Dr Skye Thomas-Hall) and Biological Sciences (Prof Hugh Possingham and Dr Hawthorne Beyer), which aims to explore the relationships between biofuel production and conservation of biodiversity in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. This p ...
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Ms Colleen Corrigan

Research topic: Social and Ecological Measures of Conservation Effectiveness and Multiple Scales. My project has three key components focused on strengthening effective conservation impact: (1) developing an evidence base for community-driven conservation practices, (2) using species and other data sources to identify key conservation areas in the ...
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Dr Mike Craig

Mike was born in England and migrated with his family to Australia in 1976. He went to school in Perth and undertook both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at UWA, graduating with a BSc(Hons) in Botany and Zoology in 1992 and in 2001 a PhD, his thesis titled "The short-term impacts of logging on the jarrah forest avifauna". Mike worked as ...
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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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Twitter@NRMecon

Position at CEEDMasters Student
Dr Angela Dean

Dr Angela Dean is a quantitative social scientist. Her research focuses on how to promote environmental citizenship within communities.  Angela draws on diverse experience as both a researcher and practitioner in the areas of health, science communication, citizen science, and sustainable urban water management.  Her research explores: ...
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Through his PhD research, Brendan is investigating the question of when it is more cost effective to protect pristine vs degraded ecosystems in order to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services. This is essential knowledge for anyone wishing to optimise the allocation of scarce conservation funding.

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Dr David Duncan

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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow
Assoc Prof Jane Elith

Associate Professor Jane Elith is a Senior Lecturer in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne. She specialises in species distribution models, statistical models that describe relationships between the occurrence or abundance of species and the environment. Jane has made outstanding original academic contributions to species model ...
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Position at CEEDChief Investigator, Theme Leader (E)
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Ms Dini Fardila

Dini's research focuses on community ecology, landscape ecology and quantitative ecology. Dini studied bird communities along an urbanization gradient for her Master Degree. For her PhD research project, she aims to find the best way to measure the effect of habitat fragmentation on bird communities in Australian and tropical forest region.

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Twitter@difardila

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Mr Eduardo Gallo-Cajiao

Ed is a PhD candidate working on policy analysis with the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership. Having worked with us previously as a research assistant, his PhD topic of investigation is 'Effectiveness of the international policy framework for conserving migratory shorebirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway'. Eduardo is workin ...
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Veronica is currently doing her PhD studying patterns of extinction risk in migratory birds.

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Dr Fiona Gibson

Fiona is working on CEED projects 'Comparing decision metrics used in environmental project prioritisation' and 'understanding barriers to the adoption of decision theory in environmental policy'. She received her doctorate from the University of Western Australia on September 15 2011. Fiona is currently working in the space of bushfire management ...
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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow / Senior Researcher
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Dr Ascelin Gordon

Ascelin's research focuses on interdisciplinary problems in conservation science. His current research focuses on developing modelling approaches for understanding the impacts of environmental policies on biodiversity values in the landscape. He also has a range of other research areas of interest including: Conservation planning and spatial pri ...
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Dr Angela Guerrero-Gonzalez

Angela is interested in the human and institutional aspects that affect nature conservation. Her research focuses on developing ways to account for social-ecological complexity in conservation decisions. For example, how governance networks can best deal with ecological complexity and multi-scalar conservation issues. Angela's research also include ...
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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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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow
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Twitter@GGuillera

Valerie's research interests include biodiversity conservation and ecological restoration. Her research project investigates the potential for achieving multiple outcomes for biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration from restoration projects. More specifically it involves evaluating how the costs and likelihood of success of restoration v ...
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Jeff is a PhD student in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland. He is creating algorithms to design reserve networks that are resistant to environmental change and (indirectly) protect greater amounts of genetic diversity. Jeff is supervised by Dr Richard Fuller and Dr Jonathan Rhodes. Before starting his PhD, Jeff compl ...
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Mr Mathew Hardy

Mat is a PhD candidate investigating decision theoretic approaches to private land conservation in Australia, supported by RMIT University and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions. He is particularly interested in the use of conservation covenants and revolving funds for protecting biodiversity on privat ...
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Twitter@matjhardy
Ms Tamara Harold

Tamara is a Research Officer in the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of Western Australia.  She provides a high level of administrative and research support to Dave Pannell and the Centre, including management of project budgets.  She works with other researchers in the Centre to help implement various resea ...
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Twitter@cindyeh
Prof Richard Hobbs

Richard is one of CEED's Chief Investigators, and is an ARC Laureate Fellow. Richard is an ecologist, with extensive experience in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe and United States.  Richard joined UWA in 2009 where he leads the ERIE Research Group within the School of Plant Biology. Richard's specific interests are in vegetation dyn ...
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Dr Matthew Holden

Matt is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Queensland's ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) in Brisbane, Australia. Mathematical tools unify his research across several diverse topics in environmental science, including illegal use and trade of natural resources, fisheries management, NGO and stakeholder beh ...
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Dr Gwen Iacona

Gwen joined CEED in 2015 after being appointed as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow through the University of Queensland. She studies how to improve the effectiveness of conservation spending, and has a particular interest in questions related to the costs and benefits of managing protected areas. Gwen earned a PhD in ecology and evolutionary b ...
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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow
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Dr Sayed Iftekhar

Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow / Senior Researcher
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Dr Karen Ikin

Karen is a landscape ecologist at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. Her research background is in wildlife and habitat conservation in human-modified environments, such as those that occur in urban and agricultural landscapes. She is particularly interested in how ecological knowledge can be applied ...
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Kendall is passionate about biodiversity conservation in general, but has a particular interest in marine conservation and climate change. His PhD will investigate and develop methods for incorporating land-use change and climate change into marine conservation planning.

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Prof Salit Kark

My research focuses on understanding the patterns and processes shaping biodiversity of native and invasive species and their implications for conservation and environmental decisions in a changing world. I focus on these main directions: (1) Biodiversity and conservation in human-dominated landscapes: This includes studies on both native and alie ...
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Dr Luke Kelly

Luke conducts ecological research that aims to contribute solutions to global conservation problems. His areas of interest include fire science, landscape ecology and global change. Luke's work at CEED is focused on: understanding how fire regimes influence biodiversity; and predicting which species are most at risk of extinction in rapidly tr ...
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Carissa's general area of research is applied spatial conservation planning. Currently her research is focused on supporting conservation decisions in the Coral Triangle, the world's epicentre of coral reef biological diversity. Carissa co-supervises students with Prof Hugh Possingham and Dr Maria Beger, and collaborates with several CEED researche ...
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Dr Andrew Knight

My research is focussed upon improving the decision-making of individuals and groups when conservation planning. My collaborations with conservation management organisations and NGOs typically aim to provide evidence-based decision-making. Specifically, I focus upon blending social and ecological information to map conservation opportunities across ...
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Marit Kragt is an Assistant Professor at the School of Agricultural & Resource Economics at the University of Western Australia, and a researcher at the UWA Centre of Environmental Economics and Policy. Her research is targeted at helping to solve policy pertinent environmental problems. A significant proportion of her research focuses on cons ...
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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow / Senior Researcher
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Dr Nadiah Kristensen

Nadia is a research scientist specialising in ecological modelling, currently living in Brisbane, Australia She is interested in modelling food webs, web assembly and structure, stability, invasibility, dispersal modelling, and large community models incorporating both ecological dynamics and evolution. She joined the University of Queensland in B ...
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Caitlin is currently completing her PhD through the University of Queensland, under the supervision of Prof Hugh Possingham, Prof Cathering Lovelock, and Dr Alienor Chauvenet.

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Dr Jose Lahoz-Monfort

Jose has a general interest in wildlife monitoring techniques, demography and population dynamics, the study of species distributions, and the statistical methods that underpin these areas. But of course, always keeping in mind the ultimate step: how these feed into the decision-making process for biodiversity conservation and management so that th ...
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Dr Elizabeth Law

Liz's research interests centre on biodiversity conservation and environmental management. Conservation and economic paradigms are shifting in recognition of the interdependencies among environmental, economic, and social systems. This shift is changing philosophies on why, where, and how we conserve nature. Her research evaluates these evolving in ...
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Assoc Prof Noam Levin

I am a geographer, using GIS and remote sensing for understanding land cover changes, wildfires and human activity, and for prioritizing conservation actions in both terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

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Hsien-Yung completed his BSc and MSc in marine biology and migratory fish at National Taiwan University. Now, as a PhD student at University of Queensland, he is interested in the conservation of diadromous fish, as different habitat requirements during the different stages of their life history make them vulnerable to a range of different stressor ...
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Prof David Lindenmayer

Professor David Lindenmayer is the Node leader for The Australian National University CEED Node. He currently runs seven large-scale, long-term research programs in south-eastern Australia, with research themes that focus on developing ways to improve integration of native forest harvesting and biodiversity conservation, new approaches to enhance b ...
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Ms Sofía López-Cubillos

Growing up in Colombia gave Sofía the opportunity to explore the great biodiversity that it holds and this influenced her to study biology with a particular focus on entomology and evolution. By the end of her bachelor degree, Sofía's concern about the pressure humans were imposing on the planet motivated her to change fields and stud ...
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Ms Bonnie Mappin

Bonnie Mappin is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland in School of Biology and the School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management. Her research focuses on evidence-based decision science for the optimisation of limited funds in conservation efforts for halting biodiversity loss. The main themes of Bonnie’s research inclu ...
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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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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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Dr Luis Mata

Luis is a Research Fellow with the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group (ICSRG) at RMIT University. He also works as part of the National Environmental Science Programme - Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub (NESP-CAUL), where he is contributing to 'The shared urban habitat', a research project looking at addressing the broad questi ...
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Mr Sean Maxwell

Sean's research focuses on planning for dynamic threats to species and ecosystems of conservation concern. He is particularly interested in exploring how changes in economic and social factors can contribute to deforestation in protected areas, planning for human responses to climate change, and conserving threatened species in dynamic agricul ...
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Twitter@shornwell
Prof Michael McCarthy

I am a Professor at the University of Melbourne, and a Chief Investigator for and Deputy Director of CEED. I am interested in developing, evaluating and applying models to assist environmental management.

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Position at CEEDCEED Deputy Director, Chief Investigator
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Dr Eve McDonald-Madden

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 ...
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Ms Jennifer McGowan

Jennifer is a PhD candidate in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at The University of Queensland, Australia. Her work, supervised by Prof Hugh Possingham, Dr Maria Beger, and Dr Carissa Klein, focuses on improving methods for applied conservation planning in marine and coastal ecosystems. She is interested ...
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Prof E.J. Milner-Gulland

My group works at the interface of social and ecological systems. We use a range of approaches to address key issues in current conservation, with the underlying philosophy that in order to make progress we need to consider the incentives faced by individual decision-makers.

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Ms Courtney Morgans

Courtney is interested in understanding how science, policy and economics influence conservation prioritisation and effectiveness. Her PhD research is focused on evaluating conservation strategies for the protection of Orang-Utan in Borneo with the aim of identifying key areas and methodologies for targeted investment in order to improve return fro ...
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Mr William Morris

Will is a PhD student in the Quantitative & Applied Ecology Group at the University of Melbourne, Australia. The subject of his PhD is decision-making and planning for forest and woodland management with multiple objectives. A focus of his work is the value of information to decision making in these systems. His background is in applied statis ...
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Ms Laura Mumaw

Laura is a PhD Student in the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group. In her PhD she will be looking at biodiversity decision making and stewardship in urban neighbourhoods.

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Dr James D (Jim) Nichols

Jim is one of CEED's Partner Investigators, based at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center at the US Geologica Survey (USGS).  Jim has been actively involved in CEED since its inception, conducting workshops and tours of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center for international CEED researchers. His current research projects include: ...
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Ms Estibaliz Palma

Esti has a background on environmental sciences and conservation. She is currently undertaking her PhD on plant ecology, with an emphasis on biological invasions. Her main interests lay within functional ecology and community assembly, and her research focuses on how to use functional traits to understand large scale patterns of invasiveness and in ...
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Assoc Prof Ram Pandit

Ram's key areas of research interest are: Natural resource economics; Environmental economics; Application of economic valuation techniques (hedonic pricing); Forest policy and management; Urban and community forestry;Ecosystem services; Ecotourism and protected area management; and Biodiversity conservation. Most recently Ram was part of the ...
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Prof David Pannell

David Pannell is Professor in the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Western Australia, Director of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy, and a former Federation Fellow of the Australian Research Council (2007-2012). His research includes the economics of land and water conservation; environmental polic ...
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Position at CEEDChief Investigator, Node Leader (UWA)
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Dr Micheli Duarte de Paula Costa

Dr Micheli Duarte de Paula Costa commenced at the University of Queensland (UQ) as a Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow in September 2015. She is a marine biologist with research interests encompassing spatial ecology, quantitative marine ecology, climate change, and conservation. Her is characterised by novel integration of multiple disciplines ...
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Dr Michaela Plein

Micha is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Earth and Environment Sciences and part of the Threatened Species Hub of the National Environmental Science Program (NESP). She is currently looking at how interactions between species influence management of invasive species and translocations of threatened species. We often have to act quickly to c ...
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Dr Maksym Polyakov

Maksym received his doctorate degree in applied economics from Auburn University in 2004. Prior to coming to UWA, he had postdoctoral positions at Auburn University and NCSU studying anthropogenic effects on diversity of forest trees; impact of property tax policy, urbanization, and markets on land use change; and analysing harvest behaviour of pri ...
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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow / Senior Researcher
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Prof Hugh Possingham

Hugh is a Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy, and was the Director of CEED from 2011-2016.  Aside from his day job, Hugh has a variety of broader public roles advising policy makers, conservation groups and managers by sitting on 15 committees and boards outside the University of Queensland including: The Wentworth Group of Concerned S ...
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Stephanie is currently researching how management and landscape attributes influence the reptile and frog assemblage in grazed box gum grassy woodlands. She is interested in how to improve biodiversity outcomes in human modified landscapes such as agricultural areas. Stephanie is a keen field ecologist and enjoys getting out in the landscapes she s ...
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Dr Anna Renwick

Anne is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Queensland and a researcher in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), supervised by Prof Hugh Possingham and Dr Tara Martin. Her research focuses on looking at the trade-offs and synergies in ecosystem services, food security and how to maximise both biodiversity and soci ...
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Assoc Prof Jonathan Rhodes

Jonathan is an applied ecologist working at the interface between ecology, social science and economics to improve and better understand conservation decision-making. He has a particular interest in understanding how spatial processes drive biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the implications of this for decision-making in conservation. Jona ...
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Position at CEEDChief Investigator, Theme Leader (B), Node Leader (UQ)
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Twitter@j_r_rhodes
Prof Anthony Richardson

Professor Anthony J. Richardson has research interests in marine ecology, climate impacts research and analysis of large datasets using modern data analysis techniques. He holds an Honours degree in Zoology from the University of Queensland and a PhD degree in Marine Ecology from the University of Cape Town. Since 2005, Anthony has a joint positi ...
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Ms Leslie Roberson

Leslie has an interdisciplinary background in biological conservation that started with a B.A. in Environmental Studies at Yale University, during which she was able to work on several projects related to natural resource management and conservation in Latin America and the Caribbean. She then spent a year studying sea turtle by-catch and tradition ...
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Mr Andrew Rogers

Andrew's primary research interests include species' use of highly transformed habitats, conservation management in human dominated landscapes and habitat restoration. He is particularly interested in the impact of invasive species on native community assembly and function. Recent work has included quantifying novel ecosystem support of native spec ...
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Dr Tracy Rout

Tracy has been involved in CEED research as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow, firstly through the University of Melbourne, and from 2015, through the University of Queensland.  Her research interests include: Decision Analysis, Ecological Modelling, Conservation Biology, Conservation Ecology, Environmental Management, Planning and Monitor ...
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Dr Michael Runge

Michael Runge is a research ecologist at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, where he has worked since 1999.  He received a B.A. in biology and philosophy (1989) from the Johns Hopkins University, an M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching) in biology (1994) from Spalding University, and a Ph.D. in wi ...
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As an undergraduate, Rebecca 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. Rebecca completed her PhD with CEED and is now a Postdoctoral Fellow.

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Mr Gerard Ryan

Conservation is failing to mitigate the global degradation and destruction of biodiversity. Gerard wants to know how we - the conservation community - can increase the impact of our actions. He is investigating a series of case studies that aim to understand measuring the impact of and optimizing conservation actions. These case-studies span t ...
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Mr David Salt

David Salt is part of our science communication team, and is the Editor of CEED's bimonthly magazine, Decision Point. Decision Point presents news and views on environmental decision making, biodiversity, conservation planning and monitoring. Prior to CEED, David created and produced The Helix magazine for CSIRO Education, Newton magazine for Aus ...
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Dr Truly Santika (Rintanen)

Truly is currently working on assessing protected area effectiveness in Kalimantan and modelling metapopulation dynamics of the orangutan populations in Sabah, Malaysia, funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Environmental Decisions, as part of the Borneo Futures initiative. Key collaborators for this projects include Dr. Kerrie W ...
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Mr Matthew Selinske

Matthew is a PhD candidate at RMIT, with Associate Professor Sarah Bekessy, where he is investigating human decision-making in incentivised conservation programmes. In conjunction with this work he is exploring predictive tools and theories used by other disciplines to forecast human behaviour and their potential value to conservation science. Matt ...
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Dr Justine Shaw

Justine Shaw is a Research Fellow examining conservation decision making in the terrestrial Antarctica and sub-Antarctic, with a particular focus on non-native species. Her position is a collaborative one between CEED, the University of Queensland and the Australian Antarctic Division. Justine is currently examining the risks posed by non-native sp ...
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Claire provides administrative and research support to Professor David Lindenmayer and his large research group at The Australian National University. She has been involved with the CEED Node at ANU since its inception.

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Dr Martin Stringer

Martin is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at UQ. He has a background in theoretical astrophysics, specialising in analytic & numerical models of cosmology and galaxy formation following a D.Phil at Oxford & Caltech. He has recently joined the group to apply this modelling experien ...
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Mr Andres Felipe Suarez-Castro

Felipe is particularly interested in using the knowledge on ecological functioning in conservation and environmental management planning. His research interests include the following areas: species distribution patterns, landscape ecology and functional ecology. He holds a Master's degree in conservation and wildlife management, and has worked on h ...
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Ms Freya Thomas

Freya is interested in how key plant functional traits are generated for fire prone communities.

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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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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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Dr Leonie Valentine

Leonie is a wildlife biologist with broad interests in conservation biology and ecology, particularly focussed around the link between the environment, fauna and human-mediated disturbances. Her research seeks to understand how and why fauna respond to disturbances; the role of fauna in ecosystem function; and, adaptive management strategies availa ...
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Ms Els Van Burm

Environmental managers often deal with uncertainty while making decisions. This uncertainty can be reduced by allocating resources towards learning about the system through monitoring. Gaining more information through monitoring does not necessarily contribute to better decision making though. In some cases, allocating resources towards monitoring ...
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Ms Julia van Velden

Julia is a PhD student with the Environmental Futures Research Institute at Griffith University and is generally interested in socio-ecological systems and sustainable resource extraction. She started her PhD project in 2017, investigating the spatial and social dynamics of the bushmeat trade in savanna systems of Africa.  She is particularly ...
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Mr Ruben Venegas

Ruben is originally from Costa Rica, where he did his BSc in Biology. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he worked for several years in a Sea Turtle Conservation project in the Caribbean coast of the country. Ruben was also involved in environmental education activities, and together with other colleagues, started Keto Foundation, a Non-for- ...
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Assoc Prof Peter Vesk

I am an ecologist working mainly with plants. My research focusses on gathering and organising knowledge for ecological management of rural landscapes, on generalising ecological knowledge so as to facilitate availability of knowledge, and interactions between plants and animals. I aim to bridge the gap between field ecology and modelling. Recent ...
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Mr Casey Visintin

Casey's research interests include most topics involving environmental conservation. One of the primary interests, however, is developing efficient and effective methods for studying, analysing, predicting, and mitigating ecological damage caused by human industrialization and development. So what does this mean exactly? Well, Casey enjoys proffer ...
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Ms Michelle Ward

Michelle’s research broadly focuses on applied conservation research that is linked directly to the on the ground actions. More specifically, she is interested in efficient reserve design, landscape management, planning and mitigating dynamic threats, cost-effective conservation actions, ecosystem service management and conserving threat ...
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Jessie is a post-doctoral researcher working on ecosystem services and landscape planning in Borneo, as part of the Borneo Futures Project in collaboration with CEED researchers, other scientists and NGOs.

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Mrs Barbara Whittaker

Barbara has worked at UQ for 8 years and has joined the CEED team providing EA, administration and research support to Kerrie Wilson and the Centre. She organises the CEED workshops, travel arrangements, and answers all enquiries.

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David is a PhD student in the Quantitative & Applied Ecology Group at the University of Melbourne. His project involves a comparison of proposed occupancy metric-based Joint Species Distribution Models (JSDM), and the development of extensions to the JSDM framework to account for factors such as imperfect detection and correlation of detections ...
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In 2015, Steve undertook a PhD on the "Ecology and Conservation of Indonesian Javan or Lesser one-horned Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus sondaicus Demarest, 1822), in Ujung Kulon National Park, West Java, Indonesia", aiming to do the work over a four year time frame. These animals are amongst the most critically endangered species on the planet wi ...
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Prof Brendan Wintle

I’m an conservation ecologist, Professor and ARC Future Fellow. I’m interested in uncertainty and conservation decision making. I coordinate and teach 3rd year Applied Ecology at Melbourne University.  I’m Deputy Director of the Commonwealth Government’s National Environmental Science Programme Thr ...
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Melissa completed her BSc - Honours degree with CEED at the University of Queensland in 2013, majoring in Ecology. She is now a PhD student at the Australian National University.

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Ms Hui Xiao

Hui is a PhD student jointly supervised by UQ/CSIRO/INRA. She completed her bachelor of economics in China, her master of statistics & econometrics in France, and is now doing her PhD of applied math on ecology at UQ. Her research is at the crossroad of applied math, conservation science and economics, investigating the optimal ecosystem m ...
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Dr Jian Yen

Jian is a mathematically trained ecologist working broadly across population and community ecology. He is particularly interested in linking theory and data to develop more accurate models of ecological populations and communities. His current work emphasizes the use of functional traits to construct models that can be transferred among species and ...
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