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.
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.
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 ...
My academic interests are very broad, but I am most inclined to understand the ecology of coastal and marine environments and how we can conserve and manage them. Most of my academic and professional experiences have revolved around tropical ecology, marine turtles, marine protected areas and spatial analysis. In my PhD I will work on developing an alternative approach for systematic conservation prioritization that takes into account the inherent three dimensional space of the ocean, and on trying to expand the knowledge on how to account for emerging threats to marine biodiversity while prioritizing in a cross-boundary setting. I obtained my BSc at the University of Costa Rica, and have an MSc from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.
Matt was a self-confessed computer hacker at the age of 8. For more than a decade, Matt has used his passion for code to develop Marxan software, crucial for environmental managers in helping to make sound environmental decisions. He has worked tirelessly to bring more and more features required by it's users to Marxan, now taking it to "the cloud" and extending it to be applicable on land, fresh water and oceans. Matt has also collaborated with other UQ researchers to develop V-Track, Oz-Track and C-Plan.
Kwek?s research interests are in vegetation ecology, invasion ecology, and urban ecology. His current project is on the optimal planning of urban greenery and green spaces to maximise their value for biodiversity and humans. He is funded by the National University of Singapore Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship to be based at CEED/CBCS, the University of Queensland, for two years.