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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Chong Kwek Yan

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.

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