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Project 3.3a The role of large scale connectivity projects in conserving biodiversity under multiple threats including habitat loss and climate change

Researchers: Dr Brendan Wintle, UM, Prof. Hugh Possingham, UQ & Dr Richard Fuller, UQ (Joint Leaders), Don Driscoll, Richard Fuller, Pia Lentini, Tara Martin, David Pannell, Hugh Possingham, Kerrie Wilson, Brendan Wintle, Carina Wyborn, Nathalie Butt, Mady Brenker

Is connectivity conservation the most effective tool?

We will develop assessment methodolgies to evaluate connectivity conservation proposals in the context of the range of other strategies that can be implemented to achieve conservation outcomes at a bioregional and national level. A key challenge is in reconcilling assessment methods across multiple performance criteria that may not be commensurable.

Mady has just joined the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub, and with Dr Pia Lentini  and Dr Brendan Wintle as her supervisors.

PositionPhD Student
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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:

Potential changes in Eucalyptus species' climate space under future climate, related to Projects 1.4 & Read More...

PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)1.43.23.34.1
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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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Dr Richard Fuller

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Rich is lecturer in conservation and biodiversity at the University of Queensland.  He heads a research group that focuse on the impact of urbanistion on biodiversity, and urban growth.  Rich's team are also involved in studying threats to international bird migrations.  These are spectacular wild events which are seeing an enormous decline in recent decades.  Their research hopes to understand why and what can be done to halt and reverse this decline.

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PositionResearcher
Member of project(s)3.3a3.3b3.74.14.24.5
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Dr Pia Lentini

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Pia is a postdoc working with the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group at the University of Melbourne, focusing on conservation planning and management in heavily modified systems. In particular, she is aiming to determine how we should prioritise where funds for connectivity conservation are spent, and the kinds of actions they are spent on, to ensure an effective increase in dispersal within and across landscapes. In addition, with others at the Australian Centre for Urban Ecology (ARCUE), she is also focussing on how we can plan for urban growth in a way which minimises impact on the species that inhabit our cities, particularly microbats."

PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)3.3a4.2
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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 David Pannell

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My role in the Hub is to bring economics strongly into the research program. I lead the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy at UWA, which has broad expertise and experience in applying economics to environmental problems. We specialise in approaches that integrate scientific, social and policy information within an economic framework to provide information that supports sound decision making about environmental issues. Our work encompasses both financial and intangible environmental outcomes of environmental changes, and risks as well as benefits.
I am directly involved in several projects in the NERP hub. Project 5.3 is attempting to develop a new approa ...
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PositionWinthrop Professor/ARC Federation Fellow & Node Leader
Member of project(s)3.3a4.15.35.45.55.7
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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 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
Member of project(s)1.53.3a3.3b5.25.8
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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 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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Ms Carina Wyborn

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PositionPhD Student
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