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Ms Nancy Auerbach

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Dr Megan Barnes

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"I undertake research to leverage decisions that will result in better on ground outcomes, ensuring the best outcomes for the amazing flora and fauna around the world"

Megan is the lead researcher for a national emerging priorities research project to prioritise monitoring for national surveillance in Australia, where she applies technical and monitoring expertise in her work to inform cost-effective national environmental investment strategies. Megan's research focuses on cost-effective decisions, monitoring and evaluation, and global protected areas policy. She has a diverse background in behavioral ecology and both theoretical and applied conservation science, with expertise in both marine and terrestrial ecosystems, global vertebrate fauna, tropical ecology, dec ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
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Dr Joseph Bennett

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Joe's research touches on a variety of research areas in community ecology, including invasion ecology, biogeography and spatial statistics. He has a particular interest in practical questions regarding invasive species control and management to protect threatened species.

He also works on theoretical questions regarding coexistence in fluctuating environments and the determinants of community assembly in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. He is involved in three NERP projects along with NERP Researcher Prof Hugh Possingham:

  • Antarctic environmental threats - lessons learned from the Arctic (...
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    Member of project(s)1.51.6
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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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    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.

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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)3.13.2
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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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    Ms Abbey Camaclang

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    Abbey is currently a PhD student at the University of Queensland, supervised by Prof Hugh Possingham and Dr Tara Martin. Her research focuses on the use of decision science in making conservation decisions for listed species.

    In particular, she is hoping to look at the process of identifying and designating critical habitats for threatened and endangered species, and using decision science tools to help address some of the uncertainties surrounding where and when to protect critical habitats, and how to maximize the conservation benefit of protection while minimizing the potential socio-economic costs of critical habitat designations.

    PositionPhD Student
    Member of project(s)1.5
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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 Iadine Chades

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    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)3.2
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    Heather Christensen

    Heather is the Office Manager at the University of Queensland, which is the administering organisation for the Environmental Decisons Hub. This means she has to wrangle information into submission for not only UQ but often for all the nodes, to help Dr Alvin van Niekerk. She does this whilst answering a thousand questions (all different to those Melisa deals with) and remaining cheerful and sane. Luckily she too is good at her job!

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    Ms Kiran Dhanjal-Adams

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    PositionPhD Student
    Member of project(s)3.3b
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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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    Member of project(s)1.55.8.
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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.

    Please also see this video for more information.

    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)3.3a3.3b3.74.14.24.5
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    Karen Gillow

    PositionScience Communications Manager
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    Ms Yi Han

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    PositionPhD Student
    Member of project(s)1.3
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    PositionHonors student
    Member of project(s)1.65.8
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    Mr Timothy Holmes

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    PositionPhD Student
    Member of project(s)1.5
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    Melanie has recently joined us as Chief Operating Officer. We will be sharing her complete profile soon...

    PositionChief Operating Officer
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    Melisa Lewins

    Melisa is the Executive Assistant to Professor Hugh Possingham and Melanie King. Melisa has the almost impossible task of knowing everything that Hugh IS doing and IS SUPPOSED to be doing, whilst answering a thousand questions a day, smiling and looking stunning all at once. Fortunately for us, she almost always succeeds!

    PositionExecutive Assistant to the Director & COO
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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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    Dr Martine Maron

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    My research focus is in two main areas:
    1. Landscape ecology (Project 1.4a), particularly

    ~ What affects meso-scale diversity in altered landscapes: how different large-scale patterns of clearing, fire, forest management alter the capacity of landscapes to support species and conversely, how these patterns can be manipulated to increase meso-scale diversity; and

    ~Processes underlying patterns of individual species distribution in human-modified landscapes, such as resource availability and interspecific interactions (for example, with aggressive competitors)

    2. Conservation policy, particularly development of defensible and transparent systems for accounting for conservation gains and losses such as in biod ...
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    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)1.4a4.34.3a
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    Dr Tara Martin

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    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. Prof. Clive McAlpine

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    Member of project(s)1.41.71.7a1.7b3.24.2
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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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    Mr Nick Murray

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    PositionPhD Student
    Member of project(s)3.3b
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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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    Dr Jonathan Rhodes

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    PositionResearcher
    Member of project(s)1.71.7a1.7b4.2
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    Dr Claire Runge

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    Claire's work revolves around improving the way we manage migratory and nomadic species in Australia. In collaboration with SEWPaC, she is exploring the effects of current and potential legislation on the management of migratory species. In addition to this she is discovering ways to prioritise conservation actions for nomadic species, using outback Australia as a case study.

    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)3.3b
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    Ms Laura Russo

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    PositionCollaborating PhD Student Penn State Uni
    Member of project(s)1.3
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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 Leonie Seabrook

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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)1.41.4a
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    Dr Danielle Shanahan

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    Danielle is currently exploring how the extinction of experience influences both physical and mental human wellbeing in urban landscapes, in collaboration with Hub researcher Dr Richard Fuller (relevant to Projects 4.1 & 4.2). In 2012 she joined the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub after working with the Queensland Government and is particularly interested in trying to bridge the gap between science and policy development for biodiversity. She completed her PhD in 2010 at the University of Queensland where her project focused on developing general rules and testing a pr ...
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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)4.14.2
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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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    Dr Luke Shoo

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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)1.43.5
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    Dr Colin Studds

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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)3.3b
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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 Oscar Venter

    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)3.7
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    Matthew Watts

    Matt is the super-nerdy powerhouse behind Marxan.  Although Marxan was originally designed by Dr Ian Ball & Prof. Hugh Possingham, Matt has been working on improvements and modifications for the last 6 years, so knows it inside-out.

    The Marxan software is the most widely used software in conservation planning around the world. It  provides decision support for the design of reserve systems, so keeping it up-to-date to meet continually changing conservation decision science requirments is a super important task that Matt loves!

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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 Kara Youngentob

    I completed a PhD in Environment from the Australian National University in 2010 and a MSc in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida in 2004. My main interests are in applied ecological research to inform and improve wildlife management and conservation decisions. I am also a big fan of science communication. My current project for the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub involves investigating how forage quality might influence landscape use by koalas and other leaf-eating animals. I am also developing tools to map the quality of forage for browsing herbivores using airborne hyperspectral remote sensing data. In addition, I contribute to the development of derived remote sensing products, such as forest canopy ...
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    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)1.7b3.5
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