Professor in Mathematics
Appointments: Melisa LewinsPhone: +61(07)33652527
Picture above © Nick Murray
Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED).
Director of the federally funded National Environmental Research Program Environmental Decisions Hub.
Vice-chancellor's senior research fellow (2012-2015).
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. Postdoctoral research periods followed at Stanford University and ANU (as an ARC QEII Fellow). First job, a Lectureship in Applied Mathematics at The University of Adelaide. In 1995 I was appointed Foundation Chair of the Department of Environmental Science at The University of Adelaide. Elected to The Australian Academy of Science in 2005. Prizes include Fenner medal, Australian maths society medal, two Eureka prizes.