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Jaramar Villarreal Rosas

Since I was a teenager, I volunteered for different environmental organisations in my home country Mexico; I supported actions towards the conservation of biodiversity such as to raise awareness campaigns to stop illegal trade of Howler and Spider monkeys from the rainforest in South Mexico but also to protect nests of Olive Ridley and Leatherback sea turtles along the Pacific Coast. After graduating as a Biologist with emphasis in Ecology, my first approaches to conservation research where focused on understanding soil microfauna interactions with the purpose of developing projects to stop soil erosion in arid ecosystems in North Mexico. Through those experiences in academia and collaborating with NGOs, it became more evident for me how social factors are not only the main drivers of bio ...
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Vanessa Adams

A key theme in Vanessa' research is applying economic concepts and social consultation to make on-ground conservation action more effective and equitable between groups of stakeholders. Vanessa was raised in New Mexico (USA) but currently calls Australia home. She has worked in a variety roles ranging from actuarial analyst for global consulting firm Mercer HR to research scientist at universities. She spent a year as a Fulbright scholar conducting research at the University of Queensland in 2004 and completed her PhD at James Cook University in 2011. During her PhD she was awarded a Sir Keith Murdoch fellowship through the American Australian Association to support a component of her research conducted in Fiji modelling costs of conservation actions to local fishermen. Her research explor ...
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James Allan

I grew up in Kenya where I was surrounded by wildlife and the outdoors. School holidays were spent on safari game driving with clients, discussing Africa's conservation challenges around the campfire, and on walking safaris in some of Kenya's wildest and most beautiful regions.This inspired me to study a science degree, the highlight being my Honours year in Hugh Possingham's conservation lab at the University of Queensland. After my degree, I returned to Kenya where I worked for the African Conservation Centre, an NGO whose focus is on community conservation in pastoral lands studying carnivore-livestock interactions. I am now a PhD student based at the University of Queensland working with Oscar Venter and James Watson. My research interests are broad but include studying the impacts of ...
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Scott Consaul Atkinson

Scott finished his MSc in Conservation Biology at the University of Queensland in 2012. His background includes research on Spanish orchids and soil chemistry, remote sensing techniques of coral reefs, modelling the impacts of interactions of multiple coral stressors on future coral reef composition, and mangrove ecosystem service evaluations in Fiji; he works often with Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

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Stephanie Avery-Gomm

Stephanie Avery-Gomm is an applied ecologist, interested in using decision science to achieve optimal outcomes for conservation. Stephanie's current research examines the efficacy of endangered species legislation and develops decision support tools to improve endangered species recovery. Stephanie is also an active member of the seabird research community. Her seabird-related work focuses on identifying the drivers of historical seabird population decline at a global scale, and how this knowledge can help to prioritize seabird conservation efforts. She is also involved in research that seeks to understand the emerging impacts of plastic ingestion on seabirds. By partnering with government agencies and NGOs in the USA, Australia and Canada, Stephanie ensures that her research is relevant t ...
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Christopher Baker

My research interests are about using mathematical models to help improve management. The focus of my work has been about the application of optimal control theory to invasive species management and in developing ecosystem models to predict how management actions will affect different species in an ecosystem. I am also working on developing management strategies for treatment-resistant disease, modelling the effect of management on coral reefs, and on developing plant spread models for revegetation projects. Over the next three years I will be working on developing mathematical models of environmental systems and using them to inform management. These will include case studies at Booderee National Park, Macquarie Island, Lord Howe Island, Santa Rosa Island and Santa Cruz Island.

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Elisa Bayraktarov

Elisa is an ecologist with background in environmental monitoring and coral reef ecology. Her research interests are multidisciplinary and largely focus on the effects of local and global threats on ecosystems and species at risk in a changing future. Elisa's current research evaluates the feasibility of different forms of marine coastal restoration (with Global Change Institute) and the establishment of indices to track changes in Australia's threatened species populations (NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub).

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Maria Beger

Maria is a conservation ecologist with complementary interests in coral reef ecology and spatial conservation prioritization. Her primary research interest is to integrate field data,spatial models and decision science to find conservation solutions that form a link between theory and practice on coral reefs, working in the Coral Triangle, the Pacific, the Western Indian Ocean, Japan and Australia. She is also involved in projects dealing with fish biomass predictions, climate change science, ecosystem services, and global evaluations of protected areas. Maria currently works on these questions in conservation science: Integrating larval dispersal into spatial planning and conservation; How can genetic data inform conservation decisions? Managing whole life cycles in migratory animals ...
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Jutta Beher

Jutta is a spatial ecologist with a weakness for GIS, databases, conservation and coding and has worked for some years as a freelance biologist for different research institutions and organisations in Europe. She is working now as a research assistant for CEED, NERP and CBCS since 2012 and is handling and processing large spatial data sets, applying cost-effectiveness prioritisation frameworks to real-world data or using spatial prioritisation software to provide results to decision makers in the many ongoing collaborations.

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Hawthorne Beyer

Hawthorne's research is at the interface between people and the environment, more specifically how ecological systems are impacted by humans and the implications of this for management of ecological and social systems. His ecological research focuses on understanding how disease and population dynamics interact and the implications of this for management of hosts, vectors and pathogens. Some of the disease systems he has worked on include rabies in East Africa, ticks and burrelia in North America and chlamydia in Queensland koalas. His applied work focuses on promoting evidence-based management in a decision theory and optimisation framework. This includes using models of ecological dynamics to inform policy and management, identifying optimally efficient strategies for addressing spatial ...
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Duan Biggs

Duan is from South Africa and completed his PhD at the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, Australia in 2011 on the resilience of coral reef tourism to global change and crises. Duan holds an MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town and has a trans-disciplinary undergraduate training with majors in Economics, Development Studies and Environmental Science. Duan has developed, coordinated and consulted projects for BirdLife International, Conservational International and WWF among others. Subsequent to his PhD he developed a tourism research program for South African National Parks to support decision-making and management of the trade-offs and synergies between conservation and tourism. In March 2012, Duan started a postdoctoral researc ...
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Nathalie Butt

Nathalie is an Australian Research Council Fellow. Her work is concerned with the interactions between biodiversity and climate/climate change, previously focussing on forests in tropical South America and temperate Europe, and now including Australian forests and ecosystems. She is currently working on global-scale analyses of climate and human impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem function and processes, and species' and ecosystem vulnerability to climate change. Recent publications: Schwartz MW, N Butt, CR Dolanc, A Holguin, MA Moritz, MP North, HD Safford, N Stephenson, JH Thorne and P van Mantgem (year) Increasing elevation of fire in the Sierra Nevada and implications forest change. Ecosphere 6:121 Butt N, H Overman, J Fragoso and K Epps (2015) Amazonian indigenous groups' carbon st ...
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Alienor Chauvenet

Alienor commenced at the University of Queensland (UQ) as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in October 2014. She is a quantitative ecologist with a keen interest in optimal decision-making. Her research is about enhancing our knowledge and implementation of species conservation and management using state-of-the-art techniques. At present, her research focuses how to design Protected Areas under global environmental change, maximising their benefits and minimising costs, while ensuring that goals for biodiversity and habitats are reached. She is also interested in how translocations can be successfully used as a conservation tool under climate change; the impact of climate change on species population dynamics; and how to design better management programmes for threatened species.

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Hubert Cheung

Hubert has a passion for the mammals of the African savanna, and is particularly interested in the way modern society interacts with the natural environment. Growing up in the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong, he became very aware of anthropogenic impacts on the natural environment. His doctoral research focuses on the demand for rhino horn in China for use in traditional Chinese medicine, which aims to better inform conservation decision-making. Rhino poaching has increased dramatically over the past decade and poses a serious threat to these species, making it imperative to gain an understanding of the factors driving demand in Asia. His PhD is being conducted under the supervision of Hugh Possingham, Lorraine Mazerolle and Duan Biggs.

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Colleen Corrigan

Description of work: My research interests include international environmental policy and its relationship to the local level; issues around social and ecological effectiveness of conservation management and interventions, such as protected areas; and the emergence of conservation leadership. I also explore issues around protection of marine biodiversity through connectivity, protected area networks, and criteria-based identification processes. My PhD case studies include Indigenous managed sites. As part of my ongoing work with the UN, I manage a global registry of locally managed conservation areas, a process which informs my current research. I’m currently working with Indigenous land and sea managers in an Aboriginal community on the Queensland coast at the southern end of the Gr ...
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Katrina Davis

Dr Katrina Davis commenced at the University of Queensland (UQ) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in July 2015. Her research investigates optimal use of natural resources to maximise the productivity of human and ecological systems. She is interested in how management costs can be incorporated into spatial planning, and how these costs will affect the success of management outcomes and stakeholder-engagement with zoning regimes. Her current research examines how to integrate expert and stakeholder preferences for marine ecological features by incorporating non-market valuation into marine spatial optimisation. Dr Davis completed her PhD, Economic benefits and costs of spatial marine management, in 2016 through the University of Western Australia under the supervision of Professor David Pa ...
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Micheli Duarte de Paula Costa

Micheli is a visiting postdoctoral research fellow working on a joint project with UQ and Federal University of Rio Grande (Brazil) studying estuarine biodiversity persistence in relation to climate change. Her research interests encompass spatial ecology, quantitative marine ecology, and conservation.

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Moreno Di Marco

Since 2009, I have performed research in Universities and NGOs in Italy, UK and Australia. I completed a PhD in Ecological Sciences at The University Sapienza of Rome, and I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Queensland. My research interests span across the realms of Conservation Biology and Macroecology. I am interested in the identification of global- and local-scale conservation priorities, using systematic conservation planning techniques and with a focus on international biodiversity targets. I am also interested in global conservation policy and the reciprocal feedback between conservation policy and conservation science. In addition, I am interested in the investigation of biogeographical and macroecological patterns at a global and regional scale, and how ...
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Brendan Dillon

Brendan completed his BSc (Honours) in Zoology at the University of Melbourne and his MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Management at the University of Oxford. His previous research has concentrated on the local adaptation of Drosophila along environmental gradients and the shifting distribution of Saharan plants throughout the African Humid Period. Brendan's PhD research focuses on i) the way that species biological traits mediate the response of mammal populations to hunting pressure and habitat loss and ii) trade-offs in the cost effectiveness of managing each of these threats and iii) integrating these insights into spatial conservation planning.

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Hernan Caceres Escobar

Hern?n is a PhD candidate investigating the topic 'Prioritisation of action for invasive alien mammals in Australia', and supervised by Professor Salit Kark. His project aims to develop a scientifically-based protocol using novel scientific tools, to prioritize actions and develop strategies that will enable to effectively minimize the threats of invasive mammals, which affect Australia's unique biodiversity and ecosystems. He will investigate the spatial patterns and major processes shaping the invasion of terrestrial invasive mammals in Australia at a continental scale, synthesizing spatial, temporal, historical, and economic data to examine the role of biological versus human-related processes in shaping invasion success and impacts in Australia. This will allow better integration of bi ...
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I am principally a Terrestrial Ecologist, but have been working in disparate fields of Biology throughout my career. Over the past few years I have been working on the history of the Macleay Museum, primarily on its natural history collections and principally on its 10,000 birds. Most of these collections were made in the 1870s, including 1000 plus along the Queensland coast and into New Guinea. I have just begun my PhD at UQ and I will be writing my research on nest predation of woodland birds. I am an external student, yet I hope to reside in Brisbane early next year. I am also the Forum Editor at Pacific Conservation Biology where I supervise papers from an extremely diverse academic assemblage, including lawyers, philosophers, biologists (all sorts), physicists and linguists. I am sup ...
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Veronica Fernandes Gama

Veronica completed her Honours in Biology (2009) and Master in Remote Sensing (2011) at the National Institute for Space Research in Brazil. Currently she is doing her PhD at The University of Queensland, supervised by Professor Hugh Possingham, Dr Morena Mills, Dr Simon Blomberg and A/Prof Richard Fuller. The focus of her research is to understand how migration as a trait affects species extinction risk and consequences on conservation decision.

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Karen Gillow

Karen has worked for Hugh for 11 years (12th anniversary in Jan 2017) in a variety of roles. Whilst she is primarily the Science Communications Manager for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decision (ARC CEED), she is also the Web Madam for this web site, and helps out in the lab when and if required.  Any questions, compliments or complains - email her at the address below.

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Diego Felipe Correa Gómez

Through my thesis project I aim to explore the relationships between biofuel production, conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. This project involves the selection of suitable areas for biofuel production using microalgae, as well as the determination of synergies and trade-offs between production and conservation. I have worked in tropical forest ecology, developed land-cover classifications and proposed biological connectivity networks. Currently I am interested in how the world can maintain its biodiversity while addressing increased consumption demands.

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Matthew Holden

Dr. Matthew Holden is a theoretical ecologist and applied mathematician using dynamic models and decision theory to improve conservation planning. He is especially interested in determining the most cost effective management actions when conservation benefits depend on how humans modify their behaviour in response to policy. Some of his projects include: determining the importance of economic market information for protecting poached wildlife, quantifying the value of urban nature reserves as leverage to support future conservation projects, and developing optimal monitoring strategies for invasive and threatened species.

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Gwen Iacona

Gwen Iacona is an applied conservation scientist who uses quantitative and empirical approaches to understand how biodiversity outcomes can be improved by better decision making. Her current work uses theoretical tools to study how the costs of conservation interventions influence the choice of actions and the resulting outcomes. Gwen has also worked closely with several conservation organizations on projects that include predicting invasive plant cover, modelling protected area effectiveness, and prioritizing conservation action. Gwen currently is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at the University of Queensland where she is advised by Professors Hugh Possingham, Kerrie Wilson and Jonathan Rhodes. She earned her PhD in 2014 from the Un ...
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Kendall Jones

I grew up in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, and through numerous camping and surf trips with my family I developed a great love for all things natural. I completed a dual Bachelor of Science/Journalism in 2012, followed by an honours project the following year, where I worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society to test the effectiveness of a widely used biodiversity surrogacy approach. I am now a PhD student under James Watson, Carissa Klein and Hugh Possingham. I am passionate about biodiversity conservation in general, but have a particular interest in how future land-use and climate change will affect biodiversity and people. My PhD is focused on developing conservation planning methods to incorporate climate change and land-based impacts to the marine environment. As part of my P ...
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Caitie Kuempel

Caitlin Kuempel is an applied ecologist and PhD candidate at the University of Queensland under the supervision of Prof. Hugh Possingham, Prof. Catherine Lovelock, and Dr. Alienor Chauvenet. Her current research investigates trade-offs within international conservation mandates and their potential impact on achieving conservation objectives. She is also interested in developing transparent, comparable protected area metrics, the optimal design and enforcement of conservation areas, and spatial conservation planning across the land, sea and their interface. Ultimately, her work aims to make environmental policy and management more effective by providing best-available science to inform decision making. She completed her MSc in Marine Biology at Northeastern University in Boston, MA explorin ...
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Jasmine Lee

Jasmine is a PhD student with Richard Fuller, Aleks Terauds (AAD), Justine Shaw (UQ/AAD), Iadine Chades (CSIRO) and Hugh Possingham (UQ). Her PhD focuses on conserving biodiversity in the Antarctic under climate change. In particular Jasmine’s project will look at how the distributions of species in ice-free areas will be affected by climate and other threats, such as invasive species and tourism. The next stage will incorporate this information into a prioritisation of protected areas and climate adaptation actions. Jasmine graduated from the University of Queensland with a bachelor of science in 2011. Her honours year was spent investigating the vulnerability of Australia’s threatened species to climate change. The project found great spatial variation in the different sensi ...
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Melisa Lewins

Melisa has the unenviable task of trying to keep Hugh Possingham organised!! However, she always manages to do this with efficiency, good humour and style. What would we do without her? If you need to make an appointment with Hugh, or know his whereabouts, it's best to contact Melisa on the email below.

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Hsien-Yung Lin

Hsien-Yung completed his BSc and MSc in marine biology and migratory fish at National Taiwan University. Now, as a PhD student at University of Queensland, he is interested in the conservation of diadromous fish, as different habitat requirements during the different stages of their life history make them vulnerable to a range of different stressors and many migratory fish are under heavy harvesting pressure. Hsien-Yung?s research will include species distribution modeling specific to different life history stages, population dynamics modeling, conservation planning and land-sea connectivity for diadromous fish. Publications: H.Y. Lin, J.C. Shiao, Y.G. Chen, Y. Iizuka, 2012. Ontogenetic vertical migration of grenadiers revealed by otolith microstructures and stable isotopic composition. De ...
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Bonnie Mappin

Bonnie Mappin is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland in School of Biology and the School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management. Her research focuses on evidence-based decision science for the optimisation of limited funds in conservation efforts for halting biodiversity loss. The main themes of Bonnie's research include restoration prioritisation, evaluation of protected areas and targets and conservation finance. Bonnie is keen to be part of the policy-science-management interface of conservation. Bonnie previously worked in financial services before switching career direction by completing MSc at Imperial College London in Quantitative Biology. Following this she has worked as a research assistant in malaria epidemiology at the University of Oxford.

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Fleur Maseyk

I work at the interface of science and policy in the applied areas of natural resource management and biodiversity conservation. My PhD thesis explored how, by targeting management actions towards natural capital stocks, we can influence ecosystem function, and thus the provision of ecosystem services and conservation outcomes. My key areas of interest are: ecosystem services; biodiversity policy; and biodiversity offsetting.

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Jennifer McGowan

I am a PhD candidate in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at The University of Queensland, Australia. My work, supervised by Prof Hugh Possingham, Dr Maria Beger, and Dr Carissa Klein focuses on improving methods for applied conservation planning in marine and coastal ecosystems. I am interested in spatial conservation of highly mobile species and am developing methods to better capture fine-scale movement derived from satellite tracking data in order to minimise the risk of fisheries bycatch. I also assist with decision-support for several marine conservation planning projects in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, WWF-Malaysia, The Coral Triangle Initiative and the Australian Government. Previously, I worked on identifying conservation gaps in the Coral Tria ...
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Morena Mills

Morena is passionate about applied conservation research and is interested in improving current conservation decisions with insights from the social sciences. Her research spans marine and terrestrial systems and she runs both global and local scale projects. At a global scale, she is investigating what, how and why conservation interventions spread around the world. At a local scale she is investigating how policies aimed at conserving and restoring biodiversity in the Braziliaan Atlantic Forest and coast can be improved.

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Hugh Possingham

I like making problems … and getting someone else to solve them for me. My group is amorphous and fuzzy at the edges. Happy to work with anyone that has strong quantitative skills that is dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity or like birds. I have coauthored with over 400 people and supervised more than 50 PhD students. We are outcome focussed and our work helped stop land clearing in Australia, saving 10% of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions. We provided tools and knowledge for the rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef and Australia's entire EEZ creating a reserve system bigger than 3 million square km. I completed Applied Mathematics Honours at The University of Adelaide in 1984. After attaining a Rhodes Scholarship I completed a D.Phil at Oxford University in 1987. Postd ...
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Anna Renwick

I am a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Queensland and a researcher in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), supervised by Prof Hugh Possingham and Dr Tara Martin. My research focuses on looking at the trade-offs and synergies in ecosystem services, food security and how to maximise both biodiversity and social livelihoods. My current projects include a national assessment of carbon, biodiversity and co-benefits for indigenous people within the carbon farming initiative, investigating the effects of leakage on conservation planning, and determining the role of small scale conservation efforts in agro-ecosystems.

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Rebecca Runting

My PhD research is focused on developing and evaluating strategies to manage multiple ecosystem services under uncertain climate change scenarios. My case study looks at preserving coastal wetlands under sea level rise in Moreton Bay, Queensland. This research has required me to draw on methods from ecological modelling, conservation planning, and operations research.

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Chris Sanderson

I am conducting research on threatened species policy in Australia. My background is in the design and implementation of field surveys, particularly for threatened species, and I am interested in the design and application of policies and legislation that impacts on how we conserve species.

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Vivitskaia Tulloch

I am interested in researching and managing the direct and indirect impacts of human-associated pressures upon marine environments and biodiversity, as well as integrated natural resource management (fisheries and forestry) across land-sea systems. The ecology, conservation and management of threatened species and how they interact within complex dynamic systems are of particular interest to me. In my PhD I have been using a combination of spatial conservation planning and ecosystem modelling to answer questions about optimal management of resources and mitigation of multiple threats in rapidly transforming or dynamic landscapes. It is important to me that my research is applicable and accessible to agencies and stakeholders involved in making conservation decisions, and I endeavour to col ...
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