Tyler will work with Dr. Tara Martin (his PhD co-supervisor) and Dr. Jean-Baptiste Pichancourt based at CSIRO in Brisbane, Australia. During his visit he will build a matrix population model describing the dynamic of the Monarch Butterfly throughout its migratory pathway. The model will then be combined with decision theory to determine the best method of conserving Monarch butterflies throughout their range.
Hong Du are working under Prof. Hugh Possingham's supervision during her time at the University of Queensland. She is currently working on dealing with the incommensurability among multiple benefits of conservation actions for helping decision-making, and this will become a chapter in her thesis: “environmental values and decision-making” that aims to integrate ethical analysis and social impact into environmental decision-making. During her stay at UQ, she is deeply experiencing the gap between what conservation people are actually doing and what humanists thought they should do.
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.
Sylvaine will be working under Prof. Hugh Possingham's supervistion to conduct part of per postdoctoral research project, Planning a network of Marine Protected Areas for the Mediterranean Sea - 'NETMED'. Sylvaine’s research interests include: marine spatial planning and prioritization of conservation actions in data poor areas; marine community ecology including the impacts of invasive species on native communities; and cumulative human impacts on food webs.
Manon's visit relates to NERP project 4.1. Postgraduate student trainee placement. Manon will be working on the science of conservation planning. This forms part of a project funded by the Host Institution investigating the impact of urbanisation on the biodiversity of Brisbane. Manon is also looking to gain exposure to advanced methods in GIS, basic statistical analyses, and the use of the conservation decision-support software Marxan and Zonae Cogito.
Brett's research program focuses on the study of bycatch – the incidental capture of non-target organisms that occurs during the process of fishing. He is interested in the role that Bycatch Reduction Devices (BRDs) and other technology can play in solving the global problem of bycatch, and how technological solutions compare in effectiveness to more conventional management strategies. Brett's case study system is the British Columbia spot prawn trap fishery, an industry lauded for its sustainable catches.
Through collaboration with Prof. Hugh Possingham, Dr. Sahlin will be working on a framework to categorize decision problems, implementing and evaluating various aspects with decision theory in her current research funded through the Swedish research council.
Research project is investigating the effects of artificial watering points, resources and trophic interactions on mallee bird communities.
Dr. Meijaard runs the terrestrial branch of PNC International. Hi sacademic work focuses on the evolutionary hisotry of the mammals of the Malay Archipelago, and trying to understand what that means for their conservation.
Conservation and ecology of Pacific salmon with an emphasis on their ecosystems, including connections between marine, freshwater and terrestrail habitats. - biology of extinction risk, using large-scale comparative analyses of marine and freshwater fish species to udnerstand how life histories interact with particular kinds of threats to determine population responses, with an emphaiss on fisheries.
- Applied marine conservation with Tropical Marine Ecology Lab (TMEL) - Marine protected areas - Reconstructing patterns of ecological change on coral reefs (mostly through mata-analyses) - Invasion of Caribbean reefs by Indo-Pacific lionfish - Retains a small program in behavioural ecology
Collaborating on a paper about urbanisation impacts upon biodiversity (relates to project 4.2 on NERP workplan)
Dr. Nciholson is working on decision-making for conservation and natural resource management. My research interests are broad, and include conservation planning, scenario modelling for biodiversity indicators, models of social-ecological systems, developing criteria for the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, and making decisions under uncertainty.
Ben Halpern is Director of CMAP and a Research Biologist at the Marine Science Institute. He also serves as Project Coordinator for a large project on Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) of coastal marine systems, based at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and is a lead scientist for the Ocean Health Index project. Much of his research addresses issues related to Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP), including cumulative impact and ecosystem service tradeoff assessments.
Marine conservation with a focus on sharks. (Apex predators and human populations as structuring agents on Indo-Pacific coral reefs).
Collaboration with Dr. Yvonne Buckley and Dr. Eve McDonald Madden due to common research lines and interests in fields such as food-web theory, restoration ecology, and the application of theoretical models to decision making processes. The prject is related to several CEED research lines; decision making, food-web theory, restoration ecology.
Dr. Langhans will be hosted at UQ by Prof. Possignahm in conjunction with Dr. Stuart Bunn and Dr. Simon Linke from Griffith Univesrity. The Ecology Centre at UQ will benefit from Dr. anghan's expertise in river assessment and management strategies inSwitzerland, and will extablish a basis for future collaboration with Swiss researchers.