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Ms Nancy Auerbach

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Ms Michelle Baker

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Michelle is helping to keep science communications up to date, including managing this website. She did her degree in ecology at Griffith University, and has since pursued creative and technical roles. Michelle also works at the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility in a similar role, and freelance to produce illustrations for researchers.

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Dr Sam Banks

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I'm a conservation biologist interested in how animals respond to environmental change. I'm something of a details person and like to find out about the processes operating in animal populations and how they respond to environmental changes caused by things like disturbance, habitat fragmentation or logging. I do a lot of field-based research, but often resort to genetic methods to study the things that animals don't tell us in other ways.
A current research focus of mine is the interaction between environmental disturbance, population dynamics and genetic diversity. We know that disturbance is a key driver of population and community dynamics globally, but its effects on biodiversity at the genetic level are largely unappreciated. I also do research on methods for understanding population processes like disper ...
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Dr Megan Barnes

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"I undertake research to leverage decisions that will result in better on ground outcomes, ensuring the best outcomes for the amazing flora and fauna around the world"

Megan is the lead researcher for a national emerging priorities research project to prioritise monitoring for national surveillance in Australia, where she applies technical and monitoring expertise in her work to inform cost-effective national environmental investment strategies. Megan's research focuses on cost-effective decisions, monitoring and evaluation, and global protected areas policy. She has a diverse background in behavioral ecology and both theoretical and applied conservation science, with expertise in both marine and terrestrial ecosystems, global vertebrate fauna, tropical ecology, dec ...
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Dr Philip Barton

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Dr Philip Barton is a research fellow in the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University.

Philip is a community ecologist with broad interests in the spatial and temporal drivers of biodiversity change, and works across many different taxa, including insects, birds and plants. Philip's work is often done in a restoration ecology and landscape ecology context.

PositionPost Doctoral Researcher Fellow
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Dr Sarah Bekessy

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PositionResearcher
AffiliationRMIT University
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Dr Joseph Bennett

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Joe's research touches on a variety of research areas in community ecology, including invasion ecology, biogeography and spatial statistics. He has a particular interest in practical questions regarding invasive species control and management to protect threatened species.

He also works on theoretical questions regarding coexistence in fluctuating environments and the determinants of community assembly in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. He is involved in three NERP projects along with NERP Researcher Prof Hugh Possingham:

  • Antarctic environmental threats - lessons learned from the Arctic (...
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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)1.51.6
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  • Mr Laurence Berry

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    PositionPhD Scholar
    Member of project(s)3.5
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    Dr Hawthorne Beyer

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    I work at the interface between disease, movement and population ecology. Spatial and social structure in host populations has a profound influence on disease transmission, prevalence, persistence and, therefore, the evolution of pathogens. My focus is on understanding how environment shapes the distribution and dispersal of hosts, trade-offs between connectivity and transmission, and the implications of metapopulation dynamics for control. Advancing our understanding of disease transmission in the context of host ecology is fundamental to improving our ability to respond effectively to emerging infectious disease, which is a critical human health and conservation threat.

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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)1.73.45.8
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    Dr Duan Biggs

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    Duan is from South Africa and completed his PhD at the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, Australia in 2011 on the resilience of coral reef tourism to global change and crises. Duan holds an MsC in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town and has a trans-disciplinary undergraduate training with majors in Economics, Development Studies and Environmental Science. Duan has developed, coordinated and consulted to projects for BirdLife International, Conservational International and WWF among others. Subsequent to his PhD developed a tourism research program for South African National Parks to support decision-making and management of the trade-offs and synergies between conservation and tourism.

    In March 2012, Duan started a postdoctoral research fellowship at the ...
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    Member of project(s)3.13.2
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    PositionPhD Student
    Member of project(s)5.15.6
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    Dr Michael Bode

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    PositionARC Post Doctoral Fellow
    Member of project(s)1.31.64.14.25.8
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    Dolla Boutros

    Dolla is based at the University of Melbourne (UM) where she is in charge of "takin' care of business".  Dolla manages finance, reporting and general miracle working for the Environmental Decisions Hub at UM.

    PositionBusiness Manager
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    Mady has just joined the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub, and with Dr Pia Lentini  and Dr Brendan Wintle as her supervisors.

    PositionPhD Student
    Member of project(s)3.3a
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    Prof. Mark Burgman

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    Mark Burgman is the Adrienne Clarke Chair of Botany and Director of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis (ACERA) at the University of Melbourne since it was founded in 2006. Mark's involvement with ACERA brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the 6 Environmental Decisions Hub projects he is involved in (see below). The aim of ACERA's establishment was, and remains, to develop the practice of risk analysis by creating and testing methods, protocols, analytical tools and procedures to benefit both Government and the broader Australian community. ACERA is a research network, drawing on the expertise of its other research partners throughout Australia and overseas. It maintains close working relationships with Australian Government Federal and State Departments, Australian and international univ ...
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    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)1.7a3.13.23.63.7
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    Dr Nathalie Butt

    My research focuses on the interaction of climate/climate change and biodiversity, previously mainly applied to forest ecosystems. Currently I am combining species distribution modelling and ecosystem vulnerability for tree species and communities in Australian vegetation groups to predict which treed ecosystems may be most threatened by climate change, and where conservation efforts should focus.

    Specific research areas I am working on with Hub Researchers Prof Hugh Possingham and Assoc Prof Clive McAlpine are:

    Potential changes in Eucalyptus species' climate space under future climate, related to Projects 1.4 & Read More...

    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)1.43.23.34.1
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    Pauline Byron

    Pauline works in her quiet and patient way to assist Dolla in the Environmental Decisions Hub at the University of Melbourne.  We understand she performs all administrative miracles required!

    PositionPA/Administrator
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    Ms Abbey Camaclang

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    Abbey is currently a PhD student at the University of Queensland, supervised by Prof Hugh Possingham and Dr Tara Martin. Her research focuses on the use of decision science in making conservation decisions for listed species.

    In particular, she is hoping to look at the process of identifying and designating critical habitats for threatened and endangered species, and using decision science tools to help address some of the uncertainties surrounding where and when to protect critical habitats, and how to maximize the conservation benefit of protection while minimizing the potential socio-economic costs of critical habitat designations.

    PositionPhD Student
    Member of project(s)1.5
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    Dr Josie Carwardine

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    Josie is a joint post-doctoral fellow with the Conservation Decisions Lab at CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences and the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub at the University of Queensland Node. Her research focuses on conservation planning and decision making for biodiversity conservation under a changing climate and a carbon economy. She endeavours to draw together key ecological and socio-economic information to support better decision outcomes for biodiversity and people.
    Josie's current projects include both national and state-wide analyses of priority areas for restoration to achieve carbon and biodiversity benefits, which relates to NERP Project 5.6. Further, she is building upon her pioneering work on prioritising threat management for biodiversity conservation in the Kimberley, to undertake regional scale analyses o ...
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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    AffiliationCSIRO
    Member of project(s)1.41.4a3.75.6
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    Dr Jane Catford

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    PositionARC Post Doctoral Fellow
    Member of project(s)3.2
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    Dr Iadine Chades

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    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)3.2
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    Heather Christensen

    Heather is the Office Manager at the University of Queensland, which is the administering organisation for the Environmental Decisons Hub. This means she has to wrangle information into submission for not only UQ but often for all the nodes, to help Dr Alvin van Niekerk. She does this whilst answering a thousand questions (all different to those Melisa deals with) and remaining cheerful and sane. Luckily she too is good at her job!

    PositionBusiness Manager
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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 marine environment, and (3) the exploration of conservation leadership as a means to strengthen environmental protection through human empowerment.

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    PositionPhD candidate
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    Ms Kiran Dhanjal-Adams

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    PositionPhD Student
    Member of project(s)3.3b
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    Dr Martina Di Fonzo

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    I have a background in population-level extinction risk analyses, which I am applying to develop methods for multi-species conservation prioritisation and to re-evaluate the concept of ‘minimum viable population size (MVP)’ using decision theory.

    I am generally interested in conservation prioritisation approaches, and I am involved in a working group focussed on resource allocation problems for threatened species using the Project Prioritisation Protocol (PPP) method. Specifically, I am working with Will ProbertAyesha Tulloch, Liana Joseph,  ...
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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)1.55.8.
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    Dr Graeme Doole

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    PositionResearch Associate Professor
    Member of project(s)5.1
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    Assoc Professor Don Driscoll

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    My research interests are in fire ecology, habitat fragmentation, dispersal and connectivity. I continue to explore ways that ecological theory related to those fields can be used to predict effects and to communicate findings. Key NERP-related research includes projects examining dispersal and connectivity in fragmented landscapes, and fire decision theory.

    With colleagues at ANU I am exploring the role of the matrix (modified, cleared or urbanized land) on species that depend on small patches of native vegetation (Project 2.2). We have developed a conceptual model of the matrix that will provide new-comers to the field with a rapid and comprehensive understanding of how the matrix works. The conceptual model and asso ...
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    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)2.22.43.13.3a3.43.53.64.14.2
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    Dr David Duncan

    Research title: An outcome evaluation strategy for the Biodiversity Fund

    PositionPost Doctoral Researcher Fellow
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    Ms Megan Evans

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    My research is focused on decision making and policy development for environmental issues, by drawing upon principles and tools from economics and conservation science.

    I'm currently based at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. My PhD aims to examine the role of economic policy instruments in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management, with a particular focus on biodiversity and carbon offsets.

    I am involved in a number of projects with the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub, including:

    - An examination of the relative effectiveness of biodiversity offsets for conservation (Read More...

    PositionPhD Student
    Member of project(s)4.3a5.55.6
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    Dr Richard Fuller

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    Rich is lecturer in conservation and biodiversity at the University of Queensland.  He heads a research group that focuse on the impact of urbanistion on biodiversity, and urban growth.  Rich's team are also involved in studying threats to international bird migrations.  These are spectacular wild events which are seeing an enormous decline in recent decades.  Their research hopes to understand why and what can be done to halt and reverse this decline.

    Please also see this video for more information.

    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)3.3a3.3b3.74.14.24.5
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    Dr Phillip Gibbons

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    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)2.12.22.32.44.34.3a5.5
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    Dr Fiona Gibson

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    Fiona is currently working in the space of bushfire management, biodiversity and water resources. Fiona's research aims to provide better advice to decision makers on effective policy design and the factors driving community adoption of such policies.  In particular, Fiona is working on the NERP projects:

    4.1   Trade-offs among social, economic and environmental values, and

    5.7   Comparing the value for money from targeted, untargeted and landscape-scale approaches to biodiversity protection

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    PositionResearch Associate
    Member of project(s)4.15.7
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    Karen Gillow

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    Dr Ascelin Gordon

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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    AffiliationRMIT University
    Member of project(s)4.2b
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    Ms Yi Han

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    PositionPhD Student
    Member of project(s)1.3
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    Dr Cindy Hauser

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    I aim to develop rational, repeatable and transparent approaches to environmental management that account for uncertainty, incomplete knowledge and scarce data. I’m particularly interested in optimal monitoring (applying cost-benefit analysis to investment in monitoring), adaptive management (strategic management for gaining knowledge and data) and robustness (ensuring acceptable outcomes in the face of uncertainty).

    Projects I’m currently working on include:

    • Adaptive management of malleefowl with José Lahoz-Monfort, Michael Bode, Brendan Wintle, Read More...

      PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
      Member of project(s)5.2
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    Dr Geoff Heard

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    Geoff is a Research Fellow in the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group at the University of Melbourne, funded jointly by the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub and the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions.  He will commence working on NERP Project 1.2 in May 2013.

    Geoff's background is in field ecology, with focus on the threatened frogs and reptiles of south-eastern Australia. His current research aims to evaluate the application of decision science to real-world conservation problems, drawing on datasets he has gathered over the last decade. Decision science is revolutionizing applied ecology, but the application of this approach to on-ground conservation remains in its infancy. Over the next two years, Geoff will assess the application of decision science to problems including minimum sur ...
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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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    PositionHonors student
    Member of project(s)1.65.8
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    Professor Richard Hobbs

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    PositionARC Laureate Fellow
    Member of project(s)3.13.64.14.24.3
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    Mr Timothy Holmes

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    PositionPhD Student
    Member of project(s)1.5
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    Dr Sayed Iftekhar

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    PositionSenior Researcher
    Member of project(s)5
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    Dr Karen Ikin

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    My research focuses on wildlife and habitat conservation in human-modified environments, such as those that occur in urban and agricultural landscapes. I am particularly interested in how ecological knowledge can be applied to improve conservation, management and planning.

    I am currently a post-doctoral fellow with the Conservation and Landscape Ecology Group at the Australian National University. For this, I'm investigating the responses of bird and vegetation communities to patch and landscape scale management interventions in agricultural landscapes. I also have an interest in the conservation, planning and management of wildlife habitat in urban areas.

    PositionPost Doctoral Researcher Fellow
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    Dr Chris Ives

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    I am a Research Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group. My interests lie in understanding the functioning of cities as socio-ecological systems and how science can be used to inform plans and policies related to biodiversity conservation. I have a diverse research background, having worked in the fields of riparian ecology, urban planning and social psychology. My current research is focused on understanding and planning for the multiple benefits of urban green space for biodiversity and social well-being. I am also working on predicting the impacts on biodiversity of different patterns of future urban growth in Australia.

    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    AffiliationRMIT University
    Member of project(s)4.24.2b
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    Melanie has recently joined us as Chief Operating Officer. We will be sharing her complete profile soon...

    PositionChief Operating Officer
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    Dr Marit Kragt

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    PositionAssistant Professor
    Member of project(s)5.45.6
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    Dr Heini Kujala

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    Heini is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group at the University of Melbourne. She started her post in August 2012 and is currently involved in NERP Project 4.4.

    Heini's background is in ecology and conservation. The main focus of her research lays in the cross section of systematic conservation planning, spatial prioritization and climate change. As part of NERP Project 4.4 she will be working closely with the Regional Sustainability Plans (RSPs) of both Hunter-Valley and Perth-Peel regions where the aim is to facilitate the usage of modern biodiversity conservation methods. The ava ...
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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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    PositionPhD Student
    AffiliationRMIT University
    Member of project(s)4.2
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    Mr Darren Le Roux

    My PHD research is based in Canberra, ACT focusing on three broad objectives:

    1. Measuring the availability of vegetative resources (e.g. mature trees, hollows, woody debris) across dominant land use types, including nature reserves (semi-natural landscapes); grazed pastureland; and urban 'green space' (human modified landscapes).

    2. Measuring the biodiversity value of native trees of varying sizes (small, medium and large trees) situated in different landscape contexts (urban, pasture, and reserve). 

    3. Conducting a balanced field based experiment to test if artificial nest boxes are valid biodiversity offset and mitigation tools.  

    For more details on each project, please click read more.
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    Dr Pia Lentini

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    Pia is a postdoc working with the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group at the University of Melbourne, focusing on conservation planning and management in heavily modified systems. In particular, she is aiming to determine how we should prioritise where funds for connectivity conservation are spent, and the kinds of actions they are spent on, to ensure an effective increase in dispersal within and across landscapes. In addition, with others at the Australian Centre for Urban Ecology (ARCUE), she is also focussing on how we can plan for urban growth in a way which minimises impact on the species that inhabit our cities, particularly microbats."

    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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    Noam Levin

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    I am using remote sensing, geographic information systems and historical maps to study the state of natural ecosystems (vegetation cover, wildfire history, coastal changes, dune activity) as well as for characterizing human land cover patterns.

    PositionSenior Lecturer
    Member of project(s)2.4
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    Melisa Lewins

    Melisa is the Executive Assistant to Professor Hugh Possingham and Melanie King. Melisa has the almost impossible task of knowing everything that Hugh IS doing and IS SUPPOSED to be doing, whilst answering a thousand questions a day, smiling and looking stunning all at once. Fortunately for us, she almost always succeeds!

    PositionExecutive Assistant to the Director & COO
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    Prof. Gene Likens

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    Prof Gene Likens is working closely with Prof David Lindenmayer on his project.  We are very honoured to have his assistance.

    Prof Likens' research focuses on the ecology and biogeochemistry of forest and aquatic ecosystems, primarily through long-term studies at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He was the co-founder of the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study in 1963, which has shed light on critical links between ecosystem function and land-use practices.

    He and his colleagues were the first scientists to discover acid rain in North America and to document the link between the combustion of fossil fuels and an increase in the acidity of precipitation. His findings have influenced politicians and policy makers, guided and motivated scientific studies ...
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    PositionResearcher
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    Professor David Lindenmayer

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    PositionResearcher & Node Leader
    Member of project(s)1.32.12.22.32.43.13.53.64.24.3
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    Dr Dan Lunney

    Dan Lunney is a Senior Principal Research Scientist with the Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW. He specialises in ecology and conservation biology, with a particular interest in mammals, forests, threatened species and ecological history. He has also been involved in a various policy discussions, including wildlife management options, selection and management of national parks, and he has been a member of the Threatened Species Committee and Animal Ethics Committee in his own organisation. We are fortunate to have him as a Senior Researcher in Project 1.7.

    PositionSenior Principal Research Scientist
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    Dr Martine Maron

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    My research focus is in two main areas:
    1. Landscape ecology (Project 1.4a), particularly

    ~ What affects meso-scale diversity in altered landscapes: how different large-scale patterns of clearing, fire, forest management alter the capacity of landscapes to support species and conversely, how these patterns can be manipulated to increase meso-scale diversity; and

    ~Processes underlying patterns of individual species distribution in human-modified landscapes, such as resource availability and interspecific interactions (for example, with aggressive competitors)

    2. Conservation policy, particularly development of defensible and transparent systems for accounting for conservation gains and losses such as in biod ...
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    PositionResearcher
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    Dr Tara Martin

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    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)1.41.4a3.13.23.3a3.63.75.25.6
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    Fleur Maseyk

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    By bringing together the ecological and social aspects of the ecosystem services paradigm for resource management, my research takes a cross-disciplinary approach to using evidence to inform policy development and on-the-ground resource management decision making (Theme 5).
    Case studies within agricultural landscapes will be used to explore the tradeoffs between ecosystem services and economic and environmental values in response to conflicting demands on scarce resources (Theme 4).

    PositionPhD Student
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    Assoc. Prof. Clive McAlpine

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    PositionResearcher
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    Assoc. Professor Michael McCarthy

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    PositionResearcher & Node Leader
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    Dr Eve McDonald-Madden

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    My research revolves around decision theory and decision science. While I am interested in all forms of environmental decision-making my recent work falls into two key areas – monitoring and adaptive management and the management of multiple interacting species (see below for more details). As a NERP researcher I am keen on infusing a structured and explicit approach to decision-making into environmental problems. NERP colleagues and I run workshops on structured decision-making, and I also facilitate the decision process for individual problems within SEWPAC. Email me to discuss getting assistance with a particular decisions problem, or you are interested in my work on monitoring, adaptive management or the management of multiple species and threats.

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    PositionARC Post Doctoral Fellow
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    Ms Caroline Mitchell

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    Caroline is a Research Officer in the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of Western Australia. Caroline helps in many ways to keep the Environmental Decison Hub WA node running smoothly, including by collating and forwarding the necessary financial and KPI info relating to the UWA projects.

    PositionResearch Officer
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    Dr Matthew Mitchell

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    Dr Matthew Mitchell is a Postdoctoral Fellow at UQ researching the topic of 'Achieving Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Service Delivery: the Role of Landscape Structure'.

    How does the structure of urban and peri-urban landscapes affect both biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services and how should we manage these landscape for these two components? This gap in our knowledge limits our ability, especially in rapidly changing urban and peri-urban areas, to predict how land use change will affect biodiversity and ecosystem services. Using ...
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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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    Dr Melinda Moir

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    Melinda's research is focused primarily on invertebrates and their management. She has interests in coextinction (extinction of host-dependent taxa with or before their host species), restoration, threatened taxa, refugia, biogeography and taxonomy. Melinda is also interested in the consequences for Australia's invertebrates in a changing climate, and possible management strategies.

     

    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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    Dr Alessio Mortelliti

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    Most of my work is focused on the impact of habitat loss and fragmentation on vertebrate populations. I have carried out both pattern based (e.g. presence/absence) and process based (e.g. demography) studies with great emphasis on the role of habitat quality and its interaction with landscape structure. I am currently working on time-series data gathered by Professor David Lindenmayer's group, focusing on the effect of climate, dispersal and habitat connectivity on the synchrony and population dynamics of vertebrate populations.

    PositionPost Doctoral Researcher Fellow
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    Dr Brett Murphy

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    I am a fire and vegetation ecologist at the University of Melbourne, with a particular fondness for tropical landscapes. My research focuses on the processes that have shaped and maintain tropical vegetation, especially the fire-mediated nexus between savannas and rainforests, and how fire can be best managed to maintain biodiversity.

    My current research projects are:

    1. understanding how fire regimes affect small mammals in northern Australia's tropical savannas, and whether appropriate fire management can help slow their rapid decline;
    2. evaluating the generality of the widely accepted paradigm that 'pyrodiversity begets biodiversity';
    3. identifying optimal fire regimes for biodiversity in northern Australia's savannas, and tradeoffs with other fire management objectives (e.g. g ...
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    Mr Nick Murray

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    PositionPhD Student
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    Dr Sam Nicol

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    Sam is broadly interested in how we make decisions to allocate resources to conservation projects. He uses mathematical optimization tools to figure out the best way to manage resources over time to achieve a conservation goal. Sam uses solution techniques drawn from operations research and artificial intelligence to solve these problems. Within the NERP hub, Sam’s postdoc fits into two projects: building lasting biodiversity assets, and monitoring for adaptive management. The postdoc is focussed on the adaptive management of dynamic networks. This means he is developing new methods to apply cutting-edge optimization tools to manage ecological networks that change over time. His current project is to determine how to manage migratory birds using the East Asia-Australasia flyway under uncertainty about the extent of fut ...
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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    AffiliationCSIRO
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    Asst. Prof. Dr Ram Pandit

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    PositionResearcher
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    Professor David Pannell

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    My role in the Hub is to bring economics strongly into the research program. I lead the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy at UWA, which has broad expertise and experience in applying economics to environmental problems. We specialise in approaches that integrate scientific, social and policy information within an economic framework to provide information that supports sound decision making about environmental issues. Our work encompasses both financial and intangible environmental outcomes of environmental changes, and risks as well as benefits.
    I am directly involved in several projects in the NERP hub. Project 5.3 is attempting to develop a new approa ...
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    PositionWinthrop Professor/ARC Federation Fellow & Node Leader
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    Dr Kirsten Parris

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    PositionResearcher
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    Dr Laura Pollock

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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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    Dr Maksym Polyakov

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    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 private forest owners. His research interests include environmental and resource economics, land economics, biodiversity conservation, and spatially explicit bio-economic modelling.

    He is interested in the integration of ecology and economics to better understand the choices humans make concerning natural resources and consequences of these choices for the environment. His main research topic is economics of biodiversity and focuses on prioritising investment in biodi ...
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    Professor Hugh Possingham

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    PositionDirector
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    Ms Keren Raiter

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    Keren is a PhD candidate interested in integrating ecological insights into policy and planning for improved decision making and conservation outcomes. She currently investigates mining-related disturbances in relatively intact landscapes with a focus on ‘enigmatic ecological impacts’: ecological impacts of development that are not systematically accounted for in impact evaluations, and that undermine the potential for successful impact mitigation. Keren’s work is aimed at informing improved decisions regarding planning, approving, managing and offsetting extensive developments in the Great Western Woodlands, and other intact landscapes elsewhere. Keren’s methods include spatial analysis, monitoring predator activity using motion-sensor cameras and spoor detection, and application of the landscape functional an ...
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    Dr Anna Renwick

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    Anna is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Queensland and is a researcher in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and National Environmental Research Program (NERP), supervised by Hugh Possingham. Her research brings together both ecological and socio-economic information to address policy relevant issues. Anna's current work looks at the trade-offs and synergies in ecosystem services and how to maximise both biodiversity and social livelihoods. Her current project focuses on carbon, biodiversity and co-benefits for indigenous people within the carbon farming initiati ...
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    PositionPostdoctoral Research Fellow
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    Dr Jonathan Rhodes

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    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)1.71.7a1.7b4.2
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    Dr Claire Runge

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    Claire's work revolves around improving the way we manage migratory and nomadic species in Australia. In collaboration with SEWPaC, she is exploring the effects of current and potential legislation on the management of migratory species. In addition to this she is discovering ways to prioritise conservation actions for nomadic species, using outback Australia as a case study.

    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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    Rebecca Runting

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    How we can preserve biodiversity whist simultaneously meeting increasing human needs is an extremely important challenge to address. Biodiversity underpins and interacts with essential Earth system functions that support human activities. But, at the same time, human population growth, coupled with climatic change and natural resource depletion, are likely to place increasing demands on the Earth's finite natural resources and Earth systems. Thus, it is critical that we understand how land-use scenarios will play out under different policy options and to be able to quantify the cumulative impacts of these options on biodiversity and human systems.

    This project will address the question: what is the impact of policies that achieve the preservation of biodiversity on food and water security, along with the bro ...
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    Ms Laura Russo

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    PositionCollaborating PhD Student Penn State Uni
    Member of project(s)1.3
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    Mr David Salt

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    David Salt is the Editor of the Hub's monthly magazine, Decision Point (jointly funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions). Decision Point presents news and views on environmental decision making, biodiversity, conservation planning and monitoring.

    Prior to the Environmental Decisions Hub, David created and produced The Helix magazine for CSIRO Education, Newton magazine for Australian Geographic, Materials Monthly for the ANU Centre for Science and Engineering of Materials and ScienceWise for the ANU College of Science. He has served as the Communications Manager for CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology and co authored the widely acclaimed texts Resilience Thinking, Resilience Practice and Tr ...
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    Dr Truly Santika

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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)1.7
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    Assoc. Prof. Steven Schilizzi

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    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)5.15.3
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    Dr Leonie Seabrook

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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)1.41.4a
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    Dr Danielle Shanahan

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    Danielle is currently exploring how the extinction of experience influences both physical and mental human wellbeing in urban landscapes, in collaboration with Hub researcher Dr Richard Fuller (relevant to Projects 4.1 & 4.2). In 2012 she joined the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub after working with the Queensland Government and is particularly interested in trying to bridge the gap between science and policy development for biodiversity. She completed her PhD in 2010 at the University of Queensland where her project focused on developing general rules and testing a pr ...
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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)4.14.2
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    Dr Justine Shaw

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    Justine Shaw is a postdoctoral fellow researching 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 EDG, the University of Queensland and the Australian Antarctic Division. Justine is currently examining the risks posed by non-native species to Antarctic protected areas, examining the interactions between indigenous and non-native species, and investigating how invasive species influence ecosystem function. Justine is interested in the role of invasive vertebrates as drivers of invasive plant distribution and abundance, and how these change over time, space and management regimes. She is interested in ways of dealing with uncertainty in large scale eradication attempts.

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    Dr Luke Shoo

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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)1.43.5
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    Dr Annabel Smith

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    How does fire affect ecosystem dynamics in contemporary landscapes? What is the best way to manage fire for biodiversity? These questions are highly relevant to most Australian ecosystems where fire regimes have been altered and will continue to shift under our changing climate. My research seeks to understand how plants and animals respond to fire in landscapes that often face additional pressures such as habitat loss, fragmentation and logging.

    I work on plants, reptiles and sometimes invertebrates along with an accomplished cast of colleagues including David Lindenmayer, Don Driscoll, Sam Banks, Philip Barton and Karen Ikin. My overarching aim is to increase our understanding of the effects of fire in modern ecosystems so that fire management decisions can be well informed and conserve biodiversity.

    PositionPost Doctoral Researcher Fellow
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    Dr Rachel Standish

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    PositionResearcher
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    Dr Colin Studds

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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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    Ms Nooshin Torabin

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    PositionPhD Student
    AffiliationRMIT University
    Member of project(s)5.6
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    Dr Ayesha Tulloch

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    Ayesha is a conservation biologist interested in monitoring and management of threats to biodiversity. She integrates disciplinary perspectives (economic, social, political and environmental) to evaluate approaches for prioritising conservation investments in multiple stakeholder landscapes. Ayesha has a particular interest in invasive and mobile predators, network theory, return on investment, migratory species and bird ecology.

    Ayesha is currently working on tools and approaches for prioritising investment in management and monitoring of multiple species and threats, with a focus on applying decision-making software for systematic conservation planning and cost-effectiveness analysis to choose between actions for species recovery, and incorporating uncertainty in management outcomes and risk aversion into ...
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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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    Dr Leonie Valentine

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    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 available for land managers. Leonie is a post-doctoral research fellow with Prof. Richard Hobbs in the Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology lab at the University of Western Australia as part of the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED). Her current research examines aspects of fire management and conservation, the role of fauna in restoration ecology, including the ecosystem dynamics of digging mammals and ...
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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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    PositionPhD Student
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    Dr Oscar Venter

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    Member of project(s)3.7
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    Dr Peter Vesk

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    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)3.13.55.2
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    Dr Terry  Walshe

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    PositionNERP Knowledge Broker
    Member of project(s)3.74.1
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    Matthew Watts

    Matt is the super-nerdy powerhouse behind Marxan.  Although Marxan was originally designed by Dr Ian Ball & Prof. Hugh Possingham, Matt has been working on improvements and modifications for the last 6 years, so knows it inside-out.

    The Marxan software is the most widely used software in conservation planning around the world. It  provides decision support for the design of reserve systems, so keeping it up-to-date to meet continually changing conservation decision science requirments is a super important task that Matt loves!

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    Dr Amy Whitehead

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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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    Dr Kerrie Wilson

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    Kerrie Wilson is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (and UQ Node Leader for CEED and The NERP Environmental Decisions Hub). Kerrie is interested in applied conservation resource allocation problems, such as where to invest limited resources to protect biodiversity, to restore habitat, or manage systems. Her research program also focuses on the analysis of uncertainty (with a particular focus on the impact of climate change and other institutional and socio-political factors that influence the likelihood of investment success), landscape dynamics (e.g. the evaluation of land use scenarios and threatening processes), and biodiversity benefit (e.g. how to maximise biodiversity outcomes in restoration and ways to account for multiple benefits such a ...
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    PositionResearcher & Node Leader
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    Dr Brendan Wintle

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    Wintle is Associate Professor of Conservation Ecology and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Deputy Director of the National Environment Research Program Hub Environmental Decisions, and theme leader in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Environmental Decisions.
    He specializes in uncertainty and environmental decision making and publishes on technical and policy issues around conservation and natural resource management, including optimal conservation investment, optimal monitoring and adaptive management, systematic conservation planning, population viability analysis, habitat modelling and mapping, and decision theory.
    Wintle works at the interface between policy and science, serving on the Forest Stewardship Council and Australian Forestry Standard reference committees, the Australian Govern ...
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    PositionResearcher & Deputy Director
    Member of project(s)1.22.43.64.14.24.34.44.4b5.25.6
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    Dr Jeff Wood

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    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)2.22.32.4
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    Ms Carina Wyborn

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    PositionPhD Student
    Member of project(s)3.3a
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    Michael Wysong

    Nowhere is the competing conflict between nature and culture more apparent within a single wildlife species in Australia than with the dingo; a species that is at once both classified as a pest and protected species, and perceived as feral or native. The dingo has long been considered a threat to the pastoral industry and government sponsored dingo control in the form of bounties, barrier fences, poisoning, trapping, and shooting has persisted for many decades. However, recently a growing interest in protecting and conserving the species has emerged centered around the use of the dingo to regulate tropic cascades and protect native prey species from predation by feral cats and foxes.

    While many pastoralists view the dingo as an unwanted pest simply to be removed from the environment, other sections of societ ...
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    Dr Kara Youngentob

    I completed a PhD in Environment from the Australian National University in 2010 and a MSc in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida in 2004. My main interests are in applied ecological research to inform and improve wildlife management and conservation decisions. I am also a big fan of science communication. My current project for the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub involves investigating how forage quality might influence landscape use by koalas and other leaf-eating animals. I am also developing tools to map the quality of forage for browsing herbivores using airborne hyperspectral remote sensing data. In addition, I contribute to the development of derived remote sensing products, such as forest canopy ...
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