Dr Ayesha Tulloch
Location: Chamberlain Building 35, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management
I am a conservation biologist interested in monitoring and management of threats to biodiversity. I integrate disciplinary perspectives (economic, social, political and environmental) to evaluate approaches for prioritising conservation investments in multiple stakeholder landscapes. I undertook my PhD with the Environmental Decisions Group at the University of Queensland from 2009 to 2012, supervised by Prof Hugh Possingham, Dr Tara Martin and Dr Kerrie Wilson. My PhD research investigated investment in optimal monitoring for conservation, and I developed novel ways of analysing data to provide decision-makers and land managers with information not only on the species or systems we are trying to save, but also about the people carrying out the monitoring.
I have a particular interest in invasive and highly mobile predators, network theory, migratory species and all things birdy.
For my postdoctoral research I am working on tools and approaches for prioritising investment in adaptive management and monitoring of multiple species and threats (with Liana Joseph and Iadine Chades), and trans-boundary conservation issues, including collaboration, large-scale species movements and international policy in conservation (with Salit Kark, Ascelin Gordon, Nick Murray and Nils Bunnefeld).
I am also interested in finding study systems to frame human-wildlife conflict as a decision theory process using cost-benefit analysis and utility modelling where there are multiple actors and multiple values, as well as ways to incorporate social values and other socio-economic information into decision-making. This is particularly important in multi-use landscapes such as those used for agricultural production where there is conflict related to predators.
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Tulloch, A.I.T., Mustin, K., Possingham, H.P., Szabo, J.K. & Wilson, K.A. (2012). To boldly go where no volunteer has gone before: predicting volunteer activity to prioritise surveys at the landscape scale. Diversity and Distributions. DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2012.00947.x
Tulloch, A.I.T., Joseph, L., Szabo, J.K., Martin, T. & Possingham, H.P. (2013). Realizing the full potential of citizen science monitoring programs. Biological Conservation 165: 128-138. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2013.05.025
Tulloch, A.I.T., Chadès, I. & Possingham, H.P. (2013). Accounting for species complementarity to maximize monitoring power for species management. Conservation Biology 27(5): 988-999.
Tulloch, A, Possingham H.P. & Wilson, K.A. 2011. Wise Selection of an Indicator for Monitoring the Success of Management Actions. Biological Conservation 144(1):141-154 DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2010.08.009
Tulloch, A. (2010). Selecting good indicators – Effective management in Gondwana Link depends on good guidance. Decision Point 36
Tulloch, A.I. and Dickman, C.R. (2007) Effects of food and fire on the demography of a nectar-feeding marsupial: a field experiment. Journal of Zoology, London 273(4): 382-388. DOI:10.1111/j.1469-7998.2007.00339.x
Tulloch, A.I. and Dickman, C.R. (2006) Floristic and structural components of habitat use in the eastern pygmy possum (Cercartetus nanus) in burnt and unburnt habitat. Journal of Wildlife Research 33(8): 627-637.http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WR0605
Tulloch, A. (2004) The Importance of Food and Shelter for Habitat Use and Conservation of the Burramyids in Australia. In The Biology of Australian Possums and Gliders (Eds. R. L. Goldingay and S. M. Jackson), Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton, New South Wales, Australia, Pp. 268-284.
Tulloch, A. (2003) Post-fire Distribution, Abundance and Habitat Use of Small Mammals in Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garawarra State Recreation Area, NSW: A Survey Targeting the Eastern Pygmy Possum, Cercartetus nanus. Unpublished report, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Sydney.