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Theme 5: Values

Values: Understanding major Drivers for Maintaining Biodiversity.

The theme emphasises inter-disciplinary research to increase the relevance of the Hub's research for policy and management. Issues researched will include the use of specific policy mechanisms (such as market-based instruments and offsets), monitoring strategies, improving evidence–based policy, accounting for equity in project assessment, and integration of carbon and biodiversity policies.

Dr Sarah Bekessy

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PositionResearcher
AffiliationRMIT University
Member of project(s)4.24.2b4.34.3a5.55.6
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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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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)5.15.6
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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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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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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
AffiliationCSIRO
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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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)1.55.8.
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Dr Graeme Doole

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PositionResearch Associate Professor
Member of project(s)5.1
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Ms Megan Evans

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My research is focused on decision making and policy development for environmental issues, by drawing upon principles and tools from economics and conservation science.

I'm currently based at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. My PhD aims to examine the role of economic policy instruments in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management, with a particular focus on biodiversity and carbon offsets.

I am involved in a number of projects with the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub, including:

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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)4.3a5.55.6
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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 Fiona Gibson

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Fiona is currently working in the space of bushfire management, biodiversity and water resources. Fiona's research aims to provide better advice to decision makers on effective policy design and the factors driving community adoption of such policies.  In particular, Fiona is working on the NERP projects:

4.1   Trade-offs among social, economic and environmental values, and

5.7   Comparing the value for money from targeted, untargeted and landscape-scale approaches to biodiversity protection

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PositionResearch Associate
Member of project(s)4.15.7
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Dr Cindy Hauser

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I aim to develop rational, repeatable and transparent approaches to environmental management that account for uncertainty, incomplete knowledge and scarce data. I’m particularly interested in optimal monitoring (applying cost-benefit analysis to investment in monitoring), adaptive management (strategic management for gaining knowledge and data) and robustness (ensuring acceptable outcomes in the face of uncertainty).

Projects I’m currently working on include:

  • Adaptive management of malleefowl with José Lahoz-Monfort, Michael Bode, Brendan Wintle, Read More...

    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)5.2
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PositionHonors student
Member of project(s)1.65.8
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Assoc. Prof. Scott Jeffrey

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I am currently on sabbatical leave from my permanent position in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, visiting the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics as a Research Associate Professor, from August 2012 through May 2013.  

I am an agricultural production economist, with research activities in a number of areas, including the economics of farming systems, risk and risk management, and productive efficiency in agriculture. Much of my current research at the University of Alberta deals with the economics of ecosystem service production in agriculture and in particular the impact of beneficial management practices and other types of environmental stewardship land use changes on financial performance of agri ...
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PositionResearch Associate Professor
Member of project(s)5.6
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Dr Marit Kragt

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PositionAssistant Professor
Member of project(s)5.45.6
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Dr José J Lahoz-Monfort

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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)5.2
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Mr Darren Le Roux

My PHD research is based in Canberra, ACT focusing on three broad objectives:

1. Measuring the availability of vegetative resources (e.g. mature trees, hollows, woody debris) across dominant land use types, including nature reserves (semi-natural landscapes); grazed pastureland; and urban 'green space' (human modified landscapes).

2. Measuring the biodiversity value of native trees of varying sizes (small, medium and large trees) situated in different landscape contexts (urban, pasture, and reserve). 

3. Conducting a balanced field based experiment to test if artificial nest boxes are valid biodiversity offset and mitigation tools.  

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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)5.5
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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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Fleur Maseyk

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By bringing together the ecological and social aspects of the ecosystem services paradigm for resource management, my research takes a cross-disciplinary approach to using evidence to inform policy development and on-the-ground resource management decision making (Theme 5).
Case studies within agricultural landscapes will be used to explore the tradeoffs between ecosystem services and economic and environmental values in response to conflicting demands on scarce resources (Theme 4).

PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)4.15.4
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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 Brett Murphy

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I am a fire and vegetation ecologist at the University of Melbourne, with a particular fondness for tropical landscapes. My research focuses on the processes that have shaped and maintain tropical vegetation, especially the fire-mediated nexus between savannas and rainforests, and how fire can be best managed to maintain biodiversity.

My current research projects are:

  1. understanding how fire regimes affect small mammals in northern Australia's tropical savannas, and whether appropriate fire management can help slow their rapid decline;
  2. evaluating the generality of the widely accepted paradigm that 'pyrodiversity begets biodiversity';
  3. identifying optimal fire regimes for biodiversity in northern Australia's savannas, and tradeoffs with other fire management objectives (e.g. g ...
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Dr Sam Nicol

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Sam is broadly interested in how we make decisions to allocate resources to conservation projects. He uses mathematical optimization tools to figure out the best way to manage resources over time to achieve a conservation goal. Sam uses solution techniques drawn from operations research and artificial intelligence to solve these problems. Within the NERP hub, Sam’s postdoc fits into two projects: building lasting biodiversity assets, and monitoring for adaptive management. The postdoc is focussed on the adaptive management of dynamic networks. This means he is developing new methods to apply cutting-edge optimization tools to manage ecological networks that change over time. His current project is to determine how to manage migratory birds using the East Asia-Australasia flyway under uncertainty about the extent of fut ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
AffiliationCSIRO
Member of project(s)3.25.25.8
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Asst. Prof. Dr Ram Pandit

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PositionResearcher
Member of project(s)5.5
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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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Dr Maksym Polyakov

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Maksym received his doctorate degree in applied economics from Auburn University in 2004. Prior to coming to UWA, he had postdoctoral positions at Auburn University and NCSU studying anthropogenic effects on diversity of forest trees; impact of property tax policy, urbanization, and markets on land use change; and analysing harvest behaviour of private forest owners. His research interests include environmental and resource economics, land economics, biodiversity conservation, and spatially explicit bio-economic modelling.

He is interested in the integration of ecology and economics to better understand the choices humans make concerning natural resources and consequences of these choices for the environment. His main research topic is economics of biodiversity and focuses on prioritising investment in biodi ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)5.7
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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 Anna Renwick

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Anna is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Queensland and is a researcher in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and National Environmental Research Program (NERP), supervised by Hugh Possingham. Her research brings together both ecological and socio-economic information to address policy relevant issues. Anna's current work looks at the trade-offs and synergies in ecosystem services and how to maximise both biodiversity and social livelihoods. Her current project focuses on carbon, biodiversity and co-benefits for indigenous people within the carbon farming initiati ...
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PositionPostdoctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)5.6
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Rebecca Runting

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How we can preserve biodiversity whist simultaneously meeting increasing human needs is an extremely important challenge to address. Biodiversity underpins and interacts with essential Earth system functions that support human activities. But, at the same time, human population growth, coupled with climatic change and natural resource depletion, are likely to place increasing demands on the Earth's finite natural resources and Earth systems. Thus, it is critical that we understand how land-use scenarios will play out under different policy options and to be able to quantify the cumulative impacts of these options on biodiversity and human systems.

This project will address the question: what is the impact of policies that achieve the preservation of biodiversity on food and water security, along with the bro ...
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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)4.15.15.8
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Assoc. Prof. Steven Schilizzi

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PositionResearcher
Member of project(s)5.15.3
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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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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)1.31.65.8
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Ms Nooshin Torabin

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PositionPhD Student
AffiliationRMIT University
Member of project(s)5.6
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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)5.5
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Dr Peter Vesk

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PositionResearcher
Member of project(s)3.13.55.2
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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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