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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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Member of project(s)2.12.32.4
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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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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)3.3b3.7
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Dr Sarah Bekessy

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PositionResearcher
AffiliationRMIT University
Member of project(s)4.24.2b4.34.3a5.55.6
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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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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)3.13.2
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Dr Michael Bode

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Category: Key Researcher
PositionARC Post Doctoral Fellow
Member of project(s)1.31.64.14.25.8
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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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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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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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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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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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Category: Students
PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)3.3b
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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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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...

Category: Students
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.

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

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Category: Key Researcher
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Member of project(s)2.12.22.32.44.34.3a5.5
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