Dr. Luis-Barnardo Vázquez will be working with our centre on problems surrounding Urban Ecology and Conservation Biology in a collaborative manner under Dr. Richard Fuller's supervision and invitation. This will provide an additional collaborative network between the Department of Agriculture, Society and Environment in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
I have participated in several international working groups that have resulted in ongoing collaborations and peer-reviewed publications (several in review or in prep currently). Specifically, two collaborative projects examined the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services (a working group at NCEAS and several working groups in a multi-university graduate seminar). The resulting multi-author papers empirically investigate the role of biodiversity in the provisioning of ecosystem services (e.g. fisheries, carbon sequestration) to improve decision-making about biodiversity conservation.
My PhD thesis extends these findings to a decision-making context, developing models and theory to identify when ecosystem services provide an economic incentive to protect biodi ...
Dr Gary Tabor, Executive Director with the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, has won a Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Climate Change and Clean Energy, sponsored by the Australian and U.S. Governments. Through his Fulbright, Gary will come to Australia for four months to undertake research at the University of Queensland working on climate adaptation.
My research involves the geochemical study of marine biological archives (massive corals) from the Indian Ocean as recorders of environmental and climate change over the past 300 years and during the Holocene. In most cases, I have worked on western Indian Ocean coral records. This work is motivated by the need to produce reliable, long-term observations of sea surface temperature, ocean currents and the hydrological cycle over the tropical/subtropical oceans.
My research interests are focused on developing and applying decision-theoretic approaches in conservation and natural resource management that explicitly consider feedbacks between system components, and trade-offs between strategies. I am particularly interested in the application of tools and findings from multiple disciplines to conservation and in developing novel techniques to achieve a better understanding of the dynamics of social-ecological systems (SESs). In my doctoral research I investigate the role and implications of different types of uncertainty for the management of SESs, using the conservation of harvested ungulate species in the Serengeti, Tanzania, as a case study. Within an integrated social-ecological framework, I adapted a tool developed in fisheries science to test ...
Gerald Singh is currently completing his PhD in Canada through the University of British Columbia in the field of Marine biology and conservation. During his visit at the University of Queensland he will be working with Dr. Jonathan Rhode, Dr. Edd Hammill and Prof. Hugh Possingham.
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.
Research: 2010-present PHD CADIDATE James Cook University (JCU), Cairns Assessed tropical forest carbon stores and options for payment for ecosystem services in forest dependent communities of Papua New Guinea. Conducted seven months of field work in remote primary forest on a 3000m elevation gradient, trained large field teams and worked closely with local landholders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am a conservation ecologist dedicated to equal parts outreach and applied research to further large-scale conservation goals in multi-use, human-dominated landscapes. My PhD research focuses on the understudied problem of plant invasion in conservation linkages in agricultural and other human-dominated systems. I am currently seeking a collaborative research position at an organization dedicated to bridging disciplines and producing actionable research conclusions that pay heed to the social and ecological sides of conservation.
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.
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.
Joao will be working with Dr. Carissa Klein in order to develop collaborative networks while working on a workplan entitled Systematic Conservation Planning in the Abrolhos Bank, Brazil. During Joao's time at UQ he will be working toward development of a conservation prioritization exercise that will help the ongoing process of selection of new marine protected ares in the study area, as well as to compare different spatial planning approaches and algorithms.
Madeleine Bottrill, Ph.D.| Director, Monitoring & Evaluation | Betty & Gordon Moore Center for Science and Oceans | Conservation International | Adjunct Fellow | University of Queensland, Australia
Postdoctoral Researcher at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Bilbao, Spain. 6 years of professional experience in different lines of marine research applied to Marine Spatial Planning (MSP); Marine Ecosystem Services Mapping; Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM); Biological Valuation (BV) and Ecosystem Services Valuation (ESV). Her current research interests are focused on ecosystem services mapping, modeling and evaluation; as well as in marine spatial planning management, marine socio-economics’, marine governance and the implementation of marine European directives (MSFD). Her work has also succeeded in publications in international peer-reviewed journals. Marta got a Postdoctoral Research Fellow grant from the Basque Government and Ikerbasque and will be staying at the A ...
I'll be in Brisbane for two weeks from the 15th, and in addition to working with Shaun and attending the beers on the ground-formerly-known-as-the-roof, I'd be very happy to chat more about some of my favourite scientific topics: invasive species, climate-driven range-shifts, data / theory integration. If there is a chance for me to give a talk I'd be happy to, I just got new results that I'm hoping to present at the American ESA this summer, about bird range shifts in Sweden. I can also talk more or less informally about the work done at CEC at Lund University - great interdisciplinary environment.
Tim McClanahan is a Senior Conservation Zoologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society, where he has worked for the past 15 years. He is interested in the interdisciplinary field of ecology, fisheries and the sustainable management of coral reefs, but also enjoys crossing sub-disciplines in order to solve broader conservation science issues.
Dr. Akasaka will visit the Univeristy of Queensland while on Sabatical leave from Tokyo University of Agricutlutre and Technology where he currently holds the position of Senior Assistant Professor. While visiting the Centre for Biodiviersity and Conservation (CBCS), Dr. Akasaka will be collaborating together with Dr. Richard Fuller and his team on a Centre of Excellence in Environmental Decisions (CEED) project related to Macroecology and utilising aspects of biodiviersty conservation.
I'll be there Sept 14-Dec 15, mostly in Brisbane, but with trips planned to Perth and probably Adelaide and Melbourne for the research. I'm collaborating with Kerrie Wilson at U Queensland and Marit Kragt at U Western Australia. This is a pilot study to elicit preferences for ecosystem services, and perceptions of ES value, among different groups more or less concerned with ecological restoration. The groups are scientists/managers, policymakers, and the general public. Questions include: How does your level of knowledge influence your perception of value? How are the groups different in terms of their preferences for kinds of services (provisioning, regulating, cultural, etc.)? How does preference for services vary in different regions of Australia where different environmenta ...