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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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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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Ms Christine Kershaw

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The primary aim of Christine's thesis research, entitled "Integrating decision support tools into natural resource management investment planning processes",  is to improve our understanding of decision processes within regional NRM organisations and to explain why investment decision support tools have not been more widely adopted. Surveys, interviews and case study observations will be used to collate data for analysis in a mixed method research approach. Adaptive theory methods will be used to develop concepts and theory about the use of decision support tools in NRM organisations.

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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)5.4
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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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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)5.7
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Assoc. Prof. Scott Jeffrey

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I am currently on sabbatical leave from my permanent position in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, visiting the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics as a Research Associate Professor, from August 2012 through May 2013.  

I am an agricultural production economist, with research activities in a number of areas, including the economics of farming systems, risk and risk management, and productive efficiency in agriculture. Much of my current research at the University of Alberta deals with the economics of ecosystem service production in agriculture and in particular the impact of beneficial management practices and other types of environmental stewardship land use changes on financial performance of agri ...
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PositionResearch Associate Professor
Member of project(s)5.6
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PositionPhD Student
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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
Member of project(s)1.7
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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
Member of project(s)1.2
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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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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Dr José J Lahoz-Monfort

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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)5.2
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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
Member of project(s)1.53.3a3.3b5.25.8
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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!

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PositionBusiness Manager
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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!

Category: Support Staff
PositionExecutive Assistant to the Director & COO
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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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PositionSoftware developer
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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!

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PositionPA/Administrator
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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.

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PositionBusiness Manager
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Karen Gillow

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PositionScience Communications Manager
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Jane Campbell

Jane is the powerhouse behind our workshops and events. Jane cheerfully, imaginatively and economically organises many events and numerous people involved in them. She chats to scientists, students, travel agents, airlines, hotels, caterers and venues, all with a smile and perfect style. She manages to do this without hitting anyone or going completely mad - possibly because she has learnt to laugh a lot at work!

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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
Member of project(s)3.3a4.2
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Ms Nooshin Torabin

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Category: Students
PositionPhD Student
AffiliationRMIT University
Member of project(s)5.6
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