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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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Category: Key Researcher
PositionResearcher & Deputy Director
Member of project(s)1.22.43.64.14.24.34.44.4b5.25.6
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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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Category: Key Researcher
PositionARC Post Doctoral Fellow
Member of project(s)1.32.12.43.75.2
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Professor Hugh Possingham

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Category: Node Leader
PositionDirector
Member of project(s)1.31.41.51.61.7b3.13.23.3a3.3b4.24.34.3a4.55.25.6
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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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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)1.31.65.8
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Ms Yi Han

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Category: Students
PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)1.3
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Ms Laura Russo

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Category: Students
PositionCollaborating PhD Student Penn State Uni
Member of project(s)1.3
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Dr Tara Martin

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Category: Key Researcher
PositionResearcher
Member of project(s)1.41.4a3.13.23.3a3.63.75.25.6
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Assoc. Prof. Clive McAlpine

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Category: Key Researcher
PositionResearcher
Member of project(s)1.41.71.7a1.7b3.24.2
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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 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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Category: Everyone
PositionResearcher
Member of project(s)1.4a4.34.3a
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Ms Nancy Auerbach

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Category: Students
PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)1.5
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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.

Category: Students
PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)1.5
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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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  • Category: Students
    PositionHonors student
    Member of project(s)1.65.8
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    Dr Jonathan Rhodes

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    Category: Key Researcher
    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)1.71.7a1.7b4.2
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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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    Category: Key Researcher
    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)1.7a3.13.23.63.7
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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
    Member of project(s)2.1
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    Dr Phillip Gibbons

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    Category: Key Researcher
    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)2.12.22.32.44.34.3a5.5
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    Dr Jeff Wood

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    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)2.22.32.4
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    Dr Peter Vesk

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    Category: Key Researcher
    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)3.13.55.2
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