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Project 1.7 Evaluating and Prioritising Koala Conservation Measures

Researchers: Dr Jonathan Rhodes, UQ (Leader), Clive McAlpine, Truly Santika, Kerrie Wilson, Hawthorne Beyer
The Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) is a species of substantial community, conservation and scientific interest, is taxonomically distinct, endemic and a conservaiton icon. There is an urgent need to identify and evaluate effective and cost-efficient measjures to achieve conservation and recovery of koalas in intensively managed landscapes, particularly at the urban interface, but also where roads, farms, fire and climate change compound threats.

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
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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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Assoc. Prof. Clive McAlpine

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Member of project(s)1.41.71.7a1.7b3.24.2
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Dr Jonathan Rhodes

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Member of project(s)1.71.7a1.7b4.2
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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 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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