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Dr Pia Lentini

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Pia is a postdoc working with the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group at the University of Melbourne, focusing on conservation planning and management in heavily modified systems. In particular, she is aiming to determine how we should prioritise where funds for connectivity conservation are spent, and the kinds of actions they are spent on, to ensure an effective increase in dispersal within and across landscapes. In addition, with others at the Australian Centre for Urban Ecology (ARCUE), she is also focussing on how we can plan for urban growth in a way which minimises impact on the species that inhabit our cities, particularly microbats."

PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)3.3a4.2
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Noam Levin

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I am using remote sensing, geographic information systems and historical maps to study the state of natural ecosystems (vegetation cover, wildfire history, coastal changes, dune activity) as well as for characterizing human land cover patterns.

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PositionSenior Lecturer
Member of project(s)2.4
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Professor David Lindenmayer

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PositionResearcher & Node Leader
Member of project(s)1.32.12.22.32.43.13.53.64.24.3
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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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PositionResearcher
Member of project(s)1.4a4.34.3a
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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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Fleur Maseyk

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By bringing together the ecological and social aspects of the ecosystem services paradigm for resource management, my research takes a cross-disciplinary approach to using evidence to inform policy development and on-the-ground resource management decision making (Theme 5).
Case studies within agricultural landscapes will be used to explore the tradeoffs between ecosystem services and economic and environmental values in response to conflicting demands on scarce resources (Theme 4).

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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)4.15.4
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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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Assoc. Professor Michael McCarthy

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Category: Node Leader
PositionResearcher & Node Leader
Member of project(s)1.11.23.24.14.24.35.2
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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.

Monitoring and Adaptive management...
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PositionARC Post Doctoral Fellow
Member of project(s)1.32.12.43.75.2
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Dr Matthew Mitchell

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Dr Matthew Mitchell is a Postdoctoral Fellow at UQ researching the topic of 'Achieving Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Service Delivery: the Role of Landscape Structure'.

How does the structure of urban and peri-urban landscapes affect both biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services and how should we manage these landscape for these two components? This gap in our knowledge limits our ability, especially in rapidly changing urban and peri-urban areas, to predict how land use change will affect biodiversity and ecosystem services. Using ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Dr Melinda Moir

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Melinda's research is focused primarily on invertebrates and their management. She has interests in coextinction (extinction of host-dependent taxa with or before their host species), restoration, threatened taxa, refugia, biogeography and taxonomy. Melinda is also interested in the consequences for Australia's invertebrates in a changing climate, and possible management strategies.

 

PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)2.12.33.54.1
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Professor David Pannell

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My role in the Hub is to bring economics strongly into the research program. I lead the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy at UWA, which has broad expertise and experience in applying economics to environmental problems. We specialise in approaches that integrate scientific, social and policy information within an economic framework to provide information that supports sound decision making about environmental issues. Our work encompasses both financial and intangible environmental outcomes of environmental changes, and risks as well as benefits.
I am directly involved in several projects in the NERP hub. Project 5.3 is attempting to develop a new approa ...
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Category: Node Leader
PositionWinthrop Professor/ARC Federation Fellow & Node Leader
Member of project(s)3.3a4.15.35.45.55.7
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Dr Kirsten Parris

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Category: Key Researcher
PositionResearcher
Member of project(s)4.14.24.4
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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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Ms Keren Raiter

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Keren is a PhD candidate interested in integrating ecological insights into policy and planning for improved decision making and conservation outcomes. She currently investigates mining-related disturbances in relatively intact landscapes with a focus on ‘enigmatic ecological impacts’: ecological impacts of development that are not systematically accounted for in impact evaluations, and that undermine the potential for successful impact mitigation. Keren’s work is aimed at informing improved decisions regarding planning, approving, managing and offsetting extensive developments in the Great Western Woodlands, and other intact landscapes elsewhere. Keren’s methods include spatial analysis, monitoring predator activity using motion-sensor cameras and spoor detection, and application of the landscape functional an ...
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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)4.3
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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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Rebecca Runting

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How we can preserve biodiversity whist simultaneously meeting increasing human needs is an extremely important challenge to address. Biodiversity underpins and interacts with essential Earth system functions that support human activities. But, at the same time, human population growth, coupled with climatic change and natural resource depletion, are likely to place increasing demands on the Earth's finite natural resources and Earth systems. Thus, it is critical that we understand how land-use scenarios will play out under different policy options and to be able to quantify the cumulative impacts of these options on biodiversity and human systems.

This project will address the question: what is the impact of policies that achieve the preservation of biodiversity on food and water security, along with the bro ...
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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)4.15.15.8
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Dr Leonie Seabrook

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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)1.41.4a
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Dr Danielle Shanahan

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Danielle is currently exploring how the extinction of experience influences both physical and mental human wellbeing in urban landscapes, in collaboration with Hub researcher Dr Richard Fuller (relevant to Projects 4.1 & 4.2). In 2012 she joined the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub after working with the Queensland Government and is particularly interested in trying to bridge the gap between science and policy development for biodiversity. She completed her PhD in 2010 at the University of Queensland where her project focused on developing general rules and testing a pr ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)4.14.2
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Dr Luke Shoo

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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)1.43.5
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