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 ...
Buntarou (Bun) Kusumoto is a Project Assistant Professor at the Risk Analysis Research Center in Japan who will be visiting the University of Queensland working on a project with the University of Ryukyus. Bun will be working with Dr. Maria Beger during this visit to Australia.
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.
Mr Luca Appolloni will visit our research centre at the University of Queensland from May-July inclusive in 2015 to work on his research project. He will be learning to use Marxan – software that our group created, and applying it to a marine zoning plan for the Gulf of Naples. Further, he will be able to attend Hugh Possingham's masters class on decision science for conservation which runs in May and June.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.