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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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PositionScience communication assistant
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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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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)3.3b3.7
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Dr Sayed Iftekhar

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PositionSenior Researcher
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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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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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Dr Oscar Venter

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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)3.7
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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
Member of project(s)2.23.3a4.14.2
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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).

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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)4.15.4
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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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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)4.15.15.8
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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.

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PositionSenior Lecturer
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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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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)4.1
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Dr David Duncan

Research title: An outcome evaluation strategy for the Biodiversity Fund

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PositionPost Doctoral Researcher Fellow
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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
Member of project(s)2.12.2
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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
Member of project(s)2.12.24.2
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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.

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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.

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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.

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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)3.3a
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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 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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