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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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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 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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  • Mr Laurence Berry

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    Category: Students
    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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    Category: Students
    PositionPhD Student
    Member of project(s)5.15.6
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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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    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 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 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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    Dr Graeme Doole

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    Category: Key Researcher
    PositionResearch Associate Professor
    Member of project(s)5.1
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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 Cindy Hauser

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    I aim to develop rational, repeatable and transparent approaches to environmental management that account for uncertainty, incomplete knowledge and scarce data. I’m particularly interested in optimal monitoring (applying cost-benefit analysis to investment in monitoring), adaptive management (strategic management for gaining knowledge and data) and robustness (ensuring acceptable outcomes in the face of uncertainty).

    Projects I’m currently working on include:

    Category: Students
    PositionHonors student
    Member of project(s)1.65.8
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    Mr Timothy Holmes

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    Category: Students
    PositionPhD Student
    Member of project(s)1.5
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    Dr Sayed Iftekhar

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    Category: Everyone
    PositionSenior Researcher
    Member of project(s)5
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