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Affiliation:The Australian National University

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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Member of project(s)2.12.32.4
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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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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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Member of project(s)2.22.43.13.3a3.43.53.64.14.2
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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...

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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)4.3a5.55.6
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Dr Phillip Gibbons

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Member of project(s)2.12.22.32.44.34.3a5.5
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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
Member of project(s)2.12.24.2
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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.  

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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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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 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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