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Theme 2: Ecosystem Health

Understand function / monitoring of ecosystem health

Projects under this theme will address key questions associated with the relationships between ecosystem-based management and vegetation condition, and species responses, with a focus on the development of datasets and models that will enable cost-effective monitoring and adaptive management. 

Dr Sam Banks

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I'm a conservation biologist interested in how animals respond to environmental change. I'm something of a details person and like to find out about the processes operating in animal populations and how they respond to environmental changes caused by things like disturbance, habitat fragmentation or logging. I do a lot of field-based research, but often resort to genetic methods to study the things that animals don't tell us in other ways.
A current research focus of mine is the interaction between environmental disturbance, population dynamics and genetic diversity. We know that disturbance is a key driver of population and community dynamics globally, but its effects on biodiversity at the genetic level are largely unappreciated. I also do research on methods for understanding population processes like disper ...
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Member of project(s)2.12.32.4
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Dr Philip Barton

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Dr Philip Barton is a research fellow in the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University.

Philip is a community ecologist with broad interests in the spatial and temporal drivers of biodiversity change, and works across many different taxa, including insects, birds and plants. Philip's work is often done in a restoration ecology and landscape ecology context.

PositionPost Doctoral Researcher Fellow
Member of project(s)2.12.2
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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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Member of project(s)2.22.43.13.3a3.43.53.64.14.2
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Dr Phillip Gibbons

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PositionResearcher
Member of project(s)2.12.22.32.44.34.3a5.5
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Dr Karen Ikin

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My research focuses on wildlife and habitat conservation in human-modified environments, such as those that occur in urban and agricultural landscapes. I am particularly interested in how ecological knowledge can be applied to improve conservation, management and planning.

I am currently a post-doctoral fellow with the Conservation and Landscape Ecology Group at the Australian National University. For this, I'm investigating the responses of bird and vegetation communities to patch and landscape scale management interventions in agricultural landscapes. I also have an interest in the conservation, planning and management of wildlife habitat in urban areas.

PositionPost Doctoral Researcher Fellow
Member of project(s)2.12.24.2
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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.

PositionSenior Lecturer
Member of project(s)2.4
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Prof. Gene Likens

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Prof Gene Likens is working closely with Prof David Lindenmayer on his project.  We are very honoured to have his assistance.

Prof Likens' research focuses on the ecology and biogeochemistry of forest and aquatic ecosystems, primarily through long-term studies at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He was the co-founder of the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study in 1963, which has shed light on critical links between ecosystem function and land-use practices.

He and his colleagues were the first scientists to discover acid rain in North America and to document the link between the combustion of fossil fuels and an increase in the acidity of precipitation. His findings have influenced politicians and policy makers, guided and motivated scientific studies ...
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Member of project(s)2.1
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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 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 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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Dr Annabel Smith

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How does fire affect ecosystem dynamics in contemporary landscapes? What is the best way to manage fire for biodiversity? These questions are highly relevant to most Australian ecosystems where fire regimes have been altered and will continue to shift under our changing climate. My research seeks to understand how plants and animals respond to fire in landscapes that often face additional pressures such as habitat loss, fragmentation and logging.

I work on plants, reptiles and sometimes invertebrates along with an accomplished cast of colleagues including David Lindenmayer, Don Driscoll, Sam Banks, Philip Barton and Karen Ikin. My overarching aim is to increase our understanding of the effects of fire in modern ecosystems so that fire management decisions can be well informed and conserve biodiversity.

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Dr Leonie Valentine

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Leonie is a wildlife biologist with broad interests in conservation biology and ecology, particularly focussed around the link between the environment, fauna and human-mediated disturbances. Her research seeks to understand how and why fauna respond to disturbances; the role of fauna in ecosystem function; and, adaptive management strategies available for land managers. Leonie is a post-doctoral research fellow with Prof. Richard Hobbs in the Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology lab at the University of Western Australia as part of the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED). Her current research examines aspects of fire management and conservation, the role of fauna in restoration ecology, including the ecosystem dynamics of digging mammals and ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)2.23.3a4.14.2
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Dr Jeff Wood

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PositionResearcher
Member of project(s)2.22.32.4
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