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Ecological Theory and Processes

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

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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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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Position at CEEDPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow
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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 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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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 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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Dr Michaela Plein

Michaela is a quantitative conservation ecologist broadly interested in interactions between species and how these interactions affect our management planning. Currently, she works as a postdoctoral fellow with Eve McDonald-Maddens at the University of Queensland. Specifically, she studies how we can incorporate species int ...
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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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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow
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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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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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