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Ms Nancy Auerbach

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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)1.5
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PositionPhD Student
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)3.3b3.7
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Mr Laurence Berry

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PositionPhD Scholar
Member of project(s)3.5
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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)5.15.6
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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.

PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)3.3a
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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.

PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)1.5
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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
Member of project(s)134
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Ms Kiran Dhanjal-Adams

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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)3.3b
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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:

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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)4.3a5.55.6
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Ms Yi Han

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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)1.3
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PositionHonors student
Member of project(s)1.65.8
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Mr Timothy Holmes

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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)1.5
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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.

PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)5.4
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PositionPhD Student
AffiliationRMIT University
Member of project(s)4.2
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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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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)5.5
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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).

PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)4.15.4
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Mr Nick Murray

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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)3.3b
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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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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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Ms Laura Russo

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PositionCollaborating PhD Student Penn State Uni
Member of project(s)1.3
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Ms Nooshin Torabin

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PositionPhD Student
AffiliationRMIT University
Member of project(s)5.6
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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)5.5
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Ms Carina Wyborn

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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)3.3a
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Michael Wysong

Nowhere is the competing conflict between nature and culture more apparent within a single wildlife species in Australia than with the dingo; a species that is at once both classified as a pest and protected species, and perceived as feral or native. The dingo has long been considered a threat to the pastoral industry and government sponsored dingo control in the form of bounties, barrier fences, poisoning, trapping, and shooting has persisted for many decades. However, recently a growing interest in protecting and conserving the species has emerged centered around the use of the dingo to regulate tropic cascades and protect native prey species from predation by feral cats and foxes.

While many pastoralists view the dingo as an unwanted pest simply to be removed from the environment, other sections of societ ...
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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)4.1
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