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University of Western Australia

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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)5.15.6
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Dr Graeme Doole

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PositionResearch Associate Professor
Member of project(s)5.1
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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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Professor Richard Hobbs

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PositionARC Laureate Fellow
Member of project(s)3.13.64.14.24.3
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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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Ms Caroline Mitchell

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Caroline is a Research Officer in the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of Western Australia. Caroline helps in many ways to keep the Environmental Decison Hub WA node running smoothly, including by collating and forwarding the necessary financial and KPI info relating to the UWA projects.

PositionResearch Officer
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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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Asst. Prof. Dr Ram Pandit

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PositionResearcher
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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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Ms Keren Raiter

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Keren is a PhD candidate interested in integrating ecological insights into policy and planning for improved decision making and conservation outcomes. She currently investigates mining-related disturbances in relatively intact landscapes with a focus on ‘enigmatic ecological impacts’: ecological impacts of development that are not systematically accounted for in impact evaluations, and that undermine the potential for successful impact mitigation. Keren’s work is aimed at informing improved decisions regarding planning, approving, managing and offsetting extensive developments in the Great Western Woodlands, and other intact landscapes elsewhere. Keren’s methods include spatial analysis, monitoring predator activity using motion-sensor cameras and spoor detection, and application of the landscape functional an ...
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PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)4.3
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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 Rachel Standish

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PositionResearcher
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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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Michael Wysong

Nowhere is the competing conflict between nature and culture more apparent within a single wildlife species in Australia than with the dingo; a species that is at once both classified as a pest and protected species, and perceived as feral or native. The dingo has long been considered a threat to the pastoral industry and government sponsored dingo control in the form of bounties, barrier fences, poisoning, trapping, and shooting has persisted for many decades. However, recently a growing interest in protecting and conserving the species has emerged centered around the use of the dingo to regulate tropic cascades and protect native prey species from predation by feral cats and foxes.

While many pastoralists view the dingo as an unwanted pest simply to be removed from the environment, other sections of societ ...
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PositionPhD Student
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