Camille will work with Dr. Hawthorne Beyer on a collaborative project aligned with ongoing research with threatened species conservation, in particular the conservation status of koalas in Queensland. This project will involve valuable skills in population trends, mapping threats, and evaluating mitigation actions
Aurore Maureaud of Agrocampus Ouest will work under Dr. Maria Beger's supervision during her internship from the 10th September 2014 to 13th February 2015 at the University of Queensland. The work will involve two components, as follows: 1. Building a database and procedure to assess coral reef health under climate change 2. Modeling the dynamics of coral reef health in time, using examples from the Great Barrier Reef, the Pacific and in the Coral Triangle. While these projects have been preselected and discussed with the intern, there might be scope for slight variations in the context and the species used. The main theme of all this work will be ecological modeling of marine biodiversity patterns to solve conservation problems.
Audrick will be working with Dr. Maria Beger and his work will involve two components, as follows: 1. Modeling the vulnerability of Great Barrier Reef shark populations and associated conservation prioritization for threatened shark species; 2. Population growth and decline modeling of coral reef fishes in pristine versus impacted reefs in the Pacific.
Julien visit as an Occupational Trainee to the Centre of Biodiversity and Conservation Science will be supervised by Dr. Danielle Shanahan and Dr. Richard Fuller where he will work on a project examining how people dervie wellbeing benefits from biodiversity. Julien will learn about research approaches that bring together ecology, health and sociology and will be given the opportunity to develop these valuable research skills in a collaborative and informative environment.
Collaboration and working with key researchers at CBCS including Hugh Possingham, Jonathan Rhodes and Eve McDonald-Madden on Value Area Theory as it applies to conservation problems. This is an excellent opportunity for both our researchers to learn more about this area and collaborate in a broaders scale on key issues that surround this project.