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Theme 1: Values

Values: Understanding major Drivers for Maintaining Biodiversity

This theme is examining how different values of ecosystems, species, and potentially antagonistic or synergistic environmental, social and economic benefits interact to influence conservation outcomes and how these should be addressed in conservation planning.

Ms Nancy Auerbach

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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:

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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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    PositionARC Post Doctoral Fellow
    Member of project(s)1.31.64.14.25.8
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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:

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    Member of project(s)1.43.23.34.1
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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.

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    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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    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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    Member of project(s)1.55.8.
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    Ms Yi Han

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    PositionPhD Student
    Member of project(s)1.3
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    Dr Geoff Heard

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    Geoff is a Research Fellow in the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group at the University of Melbourne, funded jointly by the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub and the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions.  He will commence working on NERP Project 1.2 in May 2013.

    Geoff's background is in field ecology, with focus on the threatened frogs and reptiles of south-eastern Australia. His current research aims to evaluate the application of decision science to real-world conservation problems, drawing on datasets he has gathered over the last decade. Decision science is revolutionizing applied ecology, but the application of this approach to on-ground conservation remains in its infancy. Over the next two years, Geoff will assess the application of decision science to problems including minimum sur ...
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    Member of project(s)1.2
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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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    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 Dan Lunney

    Dan Lunney is a Senior Principal Research Scientist with the Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW. He specialises in ecology and conservation biology, with a particular interest in mammals, forests, threatened species and ecological history. He has also been involved in a various policy discussions, including wildlife management options, selection and management of national parks, and he has been a member of the Threatened Species Committee and Animal Ethics Committee in his own organisation. We are fortunate to have him as a Senior Researcher in Project 1.7.

    PositionSenior Principal Research Scientist
    Member of project(s)1.7
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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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    Member of project(s)1.4a4.34.3a
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    Dr Tara Martin

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    Member of project(s)1.41.4a3.13.23.3a3.63.75.25.6
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    Assoc. Prof. Clive McAlpine

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    Member of project(s)1.41.71.7a1.7b3.24.2
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    Assoc. Professor Michael McCarthy

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    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.

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    PositionARC Post Doctoral Fellow
    Member of project(s)1.32.12.43.75.2
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    Dr Laura Pollock

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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)1.1
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    Professor Hugh Possingham

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    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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    Dr Jonathan Rhodes

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    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)1.71.7a1.7b4.2
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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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    Dr Truly Santika

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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)1.7
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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 Justine Shaw

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    Justine Shaw is a postdoctoral fellow researching conservation decision making in the terrestrial Antarctica and sub-Antarctic, with a particular focus on non-native species. Her position is a collaborative one between EDG, the University of Queensland and the Australian Antarctic Division. Justine is currently examining the risks posed by non-native species to Antarctic protected areas, examining the interactions between indigenous and non-native species, and investigating how invasive species influence ecosystem function. Justine is interested in the role of invasive vertebrates as drivers of invasive plant distribution and abundance, and how these change over time, space and management regimes. She is interested in ways of dealing with uncertainty in large scale eradication attempts.

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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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    Dr Ayesha Tulloch

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    Ayesha is a conservation biologist interested in monitoring and management of threats to biodiversity. She integrates disciplinary perspectives (economic, social, political and environmental) to evaluate approaches for prioritising conservation investments in multiple stakeholder landscapes. Ayesha has a particular interest in invasive and mobile predators, network theory, return on investment, migratory species and bird ecology.

    Ayesha is currently working on tools and approaches for prioritising investment in management and monitoring of multiple species and threats, with a focus on applying decision-making software for systematic conservation planning and cost-effectiveness analysis to choose between actions for species recovery, and incorporating uncertainty in management outcomes and risk aversion into ...
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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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    Dr Kerrie Wilson

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    Kerrie Wilson is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (and UQ Node Leader for CEED and The NERP Environmental Decisions Hub). Kerrie is interested in applied conservation resource allocation problems, such as where to invest limited resources to protect biodiversity, to restore habitat, or manage systems. Her research program also focuses on the analysis of uncertainty (with a particular focus on the impact of climate change and other institutional and socio-political factors that influence the likelihood of investment success), landscape dynamics (e.g. the evaluation of land use scenarios and threatening processes), and biodiversity benefit (e.g. how to maximise biodiversity outcomes in restoration and ways to account for multiple benefits such a ...
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    PositionResearcher & Node Leader
    Member of project(s)1.41.73.3a3.74.14.35.55.6
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    Dr Brendan Wintle

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    Wintle is Associate Professor of Conservation Ecology and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Deputy Director of the National Environment Research Program Hub Environmental Decisions, and theme leader in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Environmental Decisions.
    He specializes in uncertainty and environmental decision making and publishes on technical and policy issues around conservation and natural resource management, including optimal conservation investment, optimal monitoring and adaptive management, systematic conservation planning, population viability analysis, habitat modelling and mapping, and decision theory.
    Wintle works at the interface between policy and science, serving on the Forest Stewardship Council and Australian Forestry Standard reference committees, the Australian Govern ...
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    PositionResearcher & Deputy Director
    Member of project(s)1.22.43.64.14.24.34.44.4b5.25.6
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    Dr Kara Youngentob

    I completed a PhD in Environment from the Australian National University in 2010 and a MSc in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida in 2004. My main interests are in applied ecological research to inform and improve wildlife management and conservation decisions. I am also a big fan of science communication. My current project for the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub involves investigating how forage quality might influence landscape use by koalas and other leaf-eating animals. I am also developing tools to map the quality of forage for browsing herbivores using airborne hyperspectral remote sensing data. In addition, I contribute to the development of derived remote sensing products, such as forest canopy ...
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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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