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Project 3.1 Operational definitions and measures of resilience in conservation

Researchers: Prof. Richard Hobbs, UWA (Leader), Duan Biggs, Mark Burgman, Don Driscoll, David Lindenmayer, Tara Martin, Hugh Possingham, Rachel Standish, Peter Vesk
Effective management that anticipates change requires effective measures of resiliance. This project will address the fundamental questions of how to define, measure and predict resiliance in ecosystems. 

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Dr Duan Biggs

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Duan is from South Africa and completed his PhD at the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, Australia in 2011 on the resilience of coral reef tourism to global change and crises. Duan holds an MsC in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town and has a trans-disciplinary undergraduate training with majors in Economics, Development Studies and Environmental Science. Duan has developed, coordinated and consulted to projects for BirdLife International, Conservational International and WWF among others. Subsequent to his PhD developed a tourism research program for South African National Parks to support decision-making and management of the trade-offs and synergies between conservation and tourism.

In March 2012, Duan started a postdoctoral research fellowship at the ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)3.13.2
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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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PositionResearcher
Member of project(s)1.7a3.13.23.63.7
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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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PositionResearcher
Member of project(s)2.22.43.13.3a3.43.53.64.14.2
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Professor Richard Hobbs

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PositionARC Laureate Fellow
Member of project(s)3.13.64.14.24.3
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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 Tara Martin

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PositionResearcher
Member of project(s)1.41.4a3.13.23.3a3.63.75.25.6
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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 Rachel Standish

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PositionResearcher
Member of project(s)3.1
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Dr Peter Vesk

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Member of project(s)3.13.55.2
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