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Michael is PhD Student visiting with Yvonne Buckley (co-supervised) to work on a CEED project for the develoment of a PHD chapter on management of multiple interacting predators. 

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AffiliationUniversity of Western Australia
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Amelia is currently evaluating the outcomes of an experimental pasture conversion trial aimed at investigating cheap and effective ways to restore rainforest in north-east Queensland. The project is part of a broader research program supported by the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country program to the Wet Tropics Management Authority titled ‘Making Connections’ (http://www.wettropics.gov.au/cfoc) and the National Environmental Research Program (Tropical Ecosystems and Environmental Decisions Hubs) titled ‘ Harnessing natural regeneration for cost effective rainforest restoration (http://www.nerptropical.edu.au/project/project-122-harnessing-natural-regeneration-cost-effective-rainforest-restoration).

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AffiliationGriffith University
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Michaela is PhD student visiting with Yvonne Buckley to work on a CEED project on Multi-species management, developing a framework for risk assessment of co-translocation of host and dependent species. 

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AffiliationUniversity of Melbourne, Department of Botany
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Dr. Eliezer Gurarie

Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management, Animal Movement, Encouter and Search Theory. Using Encounter Theory to Target Management of Invasive Plants.

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AffiliationUniversity of Washington - Statistics Department, Center for Quantitative Science
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Lochran proposes to use a long term population dataset for roe deer in Europe (available through Prof. JM Gaillard at CNRS) to determine the impacts of selective harvest on populations using two model frameworks, one traditional matrix and the other an IPM. He will be collaborating with UQ Researchers including Dr. Jonathan Rhodes and Dr. Kerrie Wilson regarding this research with the intended output of at least one collaborative paper for the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Science (CEED).

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AffiliationImperial College London
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Lucy is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow from the University of Tasmania, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies.

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Dr. Romina Rader is currently visiting us from UNE in Armidale where she is a Lecturer in Environmental Management (Ecosystem Management). Romina is collaborating with Yvonne Buckley and Margaret Mayfield at UQ on using plant and animal functional traits to predict the impacts of land use change upon biodiversity.

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Ms Peiya Boon is a graduate student at the University of East Anglia, UK, with a distinguished track record in conservation planning. Working in the field spatial marine planning, Ms Boon will develop new expertise in the project entitled “Conservation planning for risks to coral reefs in the Sulu-Sulawesi Sea” at the School of Biological Sciences, allowing us to produce high quality research to the benefit of the University and Australia.  Ms Peiya Boon will be based in the School of Biological Sciences, and will investigate aspects of conservation planning for risks to coral reefs in the Sulu-Sulawesi Sea region, a study which will result in a master’s thesis and a peer-reviewed publication.

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Pablo is currently working on his PhD Thesis title: 'Range dynamics and Conservation' under Dr.s Revilla, E and González-Suárez, M. and visiting with Prof. Hugh Possingham until the end of October 2013.

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AffiliationDepartment of Conservation Biology, Estación Biológica de Doñana CSIC
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 Silvia is currently working on her thesis entitled “Biodiversity and Conservation Planning of the Amphibians and Reptiles in the Western Mediterranean Basin”. Supervised by Eduardo Crespo (University of Lisbon), José C. Brito (CIBIO ‐  Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources of University of Porto) and Hugh P. Possingham.

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Micheli will work under Prof. Hugh Possingham's supervision during her visit working on her project: "Identification of priority areas for conservation in Patos Lagoon estuary based on early life stages of fishes". This will formulate a chapter in her thesis. 

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AffiliationRio Grande Federal University, Oceanography Institute
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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.

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AffiliationNanjing University, China
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Tiago will be working with Dr. Kerrie Wilson on mapping and definig reference areas, the use of remote sensing and restoration. Whilst under Dr. Kerrie Wilson's guidance, Tiago will attempt to connect the identification of priority areas for protection with futrue restoration projects utilising collaborations with Dr. Clive McAlpine, and Luke Shoo. The aims of the research internship are as follows:  - Build a theoretical foundation for defining reference areas in order to inform future restoration projects, and - Propose a framework to prioritise the protection of reference areas, based on cost, extent of habitat remaining, threats, habitat suitability and the ecological traits of key species. 

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AffiliationDepartamento de Ecologia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
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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.

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AffiliationHellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece
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Rebecca Jarvis will be continuing a collaboration with Ayesha Tulloch and Angela Guerrero developing quantitative prioritsation mehtods in multi-organisational landscapes of mixed values and priorities and incoroporating social network analyses and scale mismatches in conservation planning. While at UQ Rebecca will focus her efforts in the following areas: - Spatial planning for landscape restoration Management - Biodiversity decisions in dynamic systems - Rapidly transforming landscapes. These areas will be a collaborative work with UQ Researchers focused on investigating optimal restoration at a landscape scale, multi-objective trade-off analysis of prioritization under uncertainty, new approaches for prioritizing multiple conservation actions and policy options, and decision making in t ...
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AffiliationAUT University, School of Applied Sciences
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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.

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AffiliationLund University, Faculty of Science
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Josephine is developing spatially-explicit models simulating wildlife movement in the Makgadikgadi Pans, and developing recommendations for the fence rebuilding project in order to help ensure sustainable use of these ecosystems in which people and wildlife must coexist. Josephine plans to work with Prof. Hugh Possingham while at UQ and further Dr. Michael Bode at UoM in addition.

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Richard is working on investigating options for post-doctoral research on conservation needs for threatened species of birds of prey in Australia and potentioanl for collaborations with industry. Richard will be visiting with Yvonne Buckley while at UQ.

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AffiliationMassey University, New Zealand; Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust
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Developing better frameworks for extractive industry engagement, especially in marine protected areas.

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AffiliationWildlife Conservation Society
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Cristina’s masters project examined the likely impact of future climate change on the distribution of threatened mammal species in south west Western Australia. She plans to use her time at UQ to extend this project to consider the management implications of these shifting ranges, and produce a manuscript for submission. This project was linked to an ARC-Linkage with Gondwana Link, jointly held by Dr Kerrie Wilson and Prof. Hugh Possingham.

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AffiliationIndependant
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AffiliationUniversität Leipzig
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Lucie's research programme focuses on the effects of data uncertainty and availability on conservation decision-making, as well as the macroecology of invertebrates. Through the use of efficient modelling techniques, Lucie aims to address the effects of data gaps on the understanding of global patterns of threat and provide recommendations for conservation resource allocation.

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AffiliationImperial College London and the Zoological Society of London
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Currently I am a ph.d student in biology at the Jagiellonian University, and I am also employed in the Institute of Nature Conservation of Polish Academy of Sciences.

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AffiliationJagiellonian University
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The Biogeography and Conservation Biology Group seeks to better understand dynamics in coupled human-natural systems, and how these dynamics affect species and communities – from landscape to global scales. Our research aims at identifying ways to balance human resource use with the conservation of biodiversity, and is strongly motivated by providing solutions to real-world conservation problems. The group develops and applies approaches grounded in spatial ecology, quantitative geography, conservation planning, spatial statistics, econometric modeling, and remote sensing. We work in strong collaboration with researchers and science institutions worldwide, and we are active contributors to science networks such as the Global Land Project and Diversitas.

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AffiliationHumboldt University Berlin
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The Biogeography and Conservation Biology Group seeks to better understand dynamics in coupled human-natural systems, and how these dynamics affect species and communities – from landscape to global scales. Our research aims at identifying ways to balance human resource use with the conservation of biodiversity, and is strongly motivated by providing solutions to real-world conservation problems. The group develops and applies approaches grounded in spatial ecology, quantitative geography, conservation planning, spatial statistics, econometric modeling, and remote sensing. We work in strong collaboration with researchers and science institutions worldwide, and we are active contributors to science networks such as the Global Land Project and Diversitas.

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AffiliationHumboldt University Berlin
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I am a PhD student at the University of Sheffield, UK, with a broad range of research interests, all with the general theme of extinction. Whilst my PhD thesis has focused on understanding the extinction of populations, and how climatic change might alter the timing of such events, I am also currently working on projects in a variety of other fields including: community assembly dynamics, biodiversity patterns, predicting future extinction events, social interest in conservation issues, parasites, and synthesizing theory and empirical studies. I have been privileged enough to work with people from a diverse set of backgrounds, from theoretical ecologists to conservation biologists, with current collaborators in nine institutes in four countries. I am currently based at the University of Sh ...
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AffiliationThe University of Sheffield
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AffiliationStockholm University
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Mario will be collaborating with our Centre for the period of his OT program, while gaining knowledge of MARXAN, working on abiotic data and conservation planning, working with Marine Protected Area zoning. Mario will look at using his research to broaden public polices of conservation in relation to national conservation goals of the Brazilian government.

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AffiliationUniversidade Federal De Santa Catarina
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AffiliationThe University of the South Pacific
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AffiliationJames Cook University
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Jessie completed her honours at ANU in May 2012 with Professor Bill Foley and Dr Ian Wallis. Her honours project was on The Cost of Detoxification of Plant Secondary Metabolites in Common Brushtail Possums.

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AffiliationAustralian National University
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AffiliationUnivesrity of Ontario
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AffiliationRMIT University
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While visiting with us, Katherine's project will design a marine protected area network for Northern Ireland that is robust to climate change. This collaborative project is strongly aligned with ongoing work in marine conservation at UQ.

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AffiliationUniversity of Ulster
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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.

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AffiliationArgoCampus Ouest
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AffiliationBorneo Futures
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AffiliationLeibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenökologie
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