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Quantitative Tools and Approaches

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

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 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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Dr Michael Bode

As an applied mathematician, my research attention is drawn towards theoretical aspects of ecology (particularly of dispersive marine organisms) and conservation management. I particularly enjoy problems where quantitative modelling can provide insights despite a lack of high-quality data – identifying situations where we can avoid spending ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Position at CEEDPartner Investigator
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Twitter@hugepossum

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.

Position at CEEDPostdoctoral 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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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 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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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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Prof Kerrie Wilson

Professor Kerrie Wilson is an ARC Future Fellow at The University of Queensland (UQ), Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions and an Affiliated Professor in Conservation Science at The University of Copenhagen. Kerrie holds a degree in Environmental Science (First Class Honours, awarded in 1999) ...
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Position at CEEDCEED Director, Chief Investigator
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