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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 Sarah Bekessy

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Category: Key Researcher
PositionResearcher
AffiliationRMIT University
Member of project(s)4.24.2b4.34.3a5.55.6
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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 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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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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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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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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Category: Key Researcher
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
PositionResearcher
Member of project(s)2.12.22.32.44.34.3a5.5
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Dr Fiona Gibson

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Fiona is currently working in the space of bushfire management, biodiversity and water resources. Fiona's research aims to provide better advice to decision makers on effective policy design and the factors driving community adoption of such policies.  In particular, Fiona is working on the NERP projects:

4.1   Trade-offs among social, economic and environmental values, and

5.7   Comparing the value for money from targeted, untargeted and landscape-scale approaches to biodiversity protection

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PositionResearch Associate
Member of project(s)4.15.7
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Dr Ascelin Gordon

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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
AffiliationRMIT University
Member of project(s)4.2b
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Professor Richard Hobbs

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Category: Key Researcher
PositionARC Laureate Fellow
Member of project(s)3.13.64.14.24.3
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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 Chris Ives

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I am a Research Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group. My interests lie in understanding the functioning of cities as socio-ecological systems and how science can be used to inform plans and policies related to biodiversity conservation. I have a diverse research background, having worked in the fields of riparian ecology, urban planning and social psychology. My current research is focused on understanding and planning for the multiple benefits of urban green space for biodiversity and social well-being. I am also working on predicting the impacts on biodiversity of different patterns of future urban growth in Australia.

PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
AffiliationRMIT University
Member of project(s)4.24.2b
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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.

Category: Students
PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)5.4
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Dr Marit Kragt

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PositionAssistant Professor
Member of project(s)5.45.6
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Dr Heini Kujala

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Heini is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group at the University of Melbourne. She started her post in August 2012 and is currently involved in NERP Project 4.4.

Heini's background is in ecology and conservation. The main focus of her research lays in the cross section of systematic conservation planning, spatial prioritization and climate change. As part of NERP Project 4.4 she will be working closely with the Regional Sustainability Plans (RSPs) of both Hunter-Valley and Perth-Peel regions where the aim is to facilitate the usage of modern biodiversity conservation methods. The ava ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)4.4
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Category: Students
PositionPhD Student
AffiliationRMIT University
Member of project(s)4.2
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