Lab Members

Lead researcher

Kerrie Wilson Head and Shoulder Jan 2020Prof Kerrie Wilson

Kerrie Wilson is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability Strategy) and previously the Executive Director of the Institute for Future Environments at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  Before joining QUT in January 2019, Kerrie was the Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions and an ARC Future Fellow at The University of Queensland. She is also an Affiliated Professor in Conservation Science at The University of Copenhagen, the Australian Natural Sciences Commissioner for UNESCO… Read more

Postdoctoral researchers

angela-dean-green-e1496340918858.jpgDr Angela Dean

Dr Angela Dean is a quantitative social scientist. Her research focuses on how to promote environmental citizenship within communities. Angela draws on diverse experience as both a researcher and practitioner in the areas of health, science communication, citizen science, and sustainable urban water management. Her research explores: community… Read more

Valerie Hagger2Dr Valerie Hagger

Valerie Hagger is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Queensland. Her research interests include ecological and socioeconomic interactions in ecological restoration, biodiversity conservation and climate change. She has previously published her research on the climate change adaptation… Read more

Blake Alexander SimmondsDr Blake Alexander Simmons

Blake is broadly interested in landscape ecology, with a particular interest in the overarching effects of anthropogenic actions on ecological interactions and ecosystem function. Natural habitats are under increasing pressure from urbanization and the expansion and intensification of agricultural lands. As a consequence, numerous species are displaced… Read more

ilva_pic_prof-1Dr Ilva Sporne

Ilva is Deputy Program Manager of ARC Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future program at Queensland University of Technology and a manager of the Wilson Environmental Decisions Lab. Her primary research interest is directed towards understanding the role of institutions or established ‘rules of the game’ play in the achievement of environmental outcomes… Read more

PhD Students

emily massinghamEmily Massingham

Emily is a PhD student in the Wilson lab. Her primary research goal is to tackle great ape conservation by incorporating local knowledge, needs, rights and concerns.  During her PhD, she will examine whether conservation projects are more effective if local people are involved in a meaningful way. Read more

Oakes_HollandOakes Holland

Oakes is a Brisbane local. She completed both her undergraduate and Masters degrees at UQ and is excited to be undertaking her PhD here under the supervision of Professor Kerrie Wilson and Dr Justine Shaw. Oakes completed a short semester-long project with Kerrie as part of her Masters degree which evaluated the impact… Read more

Konrad UebelKonrad Uebel

Konrad’s research interest is in understanding the potential of nature-based solutions to meet multiple challenges pertaining to sustainable urban development, climate change and conservation of biodiversity. Increasingly it is recognized that goals for human development are intertwined with goals in conservation and Konrad interested in how the integration of different sectors and engagement of multiple stakeholders can achieve positive outcomes … Read more

Emma_Church_7.06Emma Church

Emma is a PhD candidate at QUT. Her research explores how behavioural drivers and social contexts including social capital influence individuals to act for nature. Findings of this work will be relevant to industry and government practitioners working to increase participation in sustainability and conservation behaviours. Emma has worked with Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist (DES) reporting on the State of Science in Queensland. She has a breadth of experience working across renewable energy, integrated water management and biodiversity conservation. Emma enjoys working collaboratively with industry, government and community in multi-disciplinary teams and using applied research to tackle sustainability and conservation challenges.

yolandaYolanda Walters

Yolanda is a PhD Candidate at the Queensland University of Technology. Her current research explores pathways to engagement with reef-related (particularly climate related) pro-environmental behaviours within the context of the Great Barrier Reef.  Yolanda is particularly interested in in the effects of educational and social experiences both above and below the water.

Joanna_Burrows_profileJoanna Burrows

Joanna Burrows (née Horsfall) is a PhD candidate at QUT, supervised by Professor Kerrie Wilson and Professor Michael Bode. Jo is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and enhancing decision-making about the environment. Her PhD research into conservation priorities and strategies in Antarctica’s changing natural and geopolitical environment is part of the Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative ‘Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future’. For her Master’s research project supervised by Professor Jonathan Rhodes, she developed a decision-support tool for prioritising actions to mitigate wildlife-vehicle collisions in Redland City, Queensland. Formerly a high school teacher, Jo has a diverse professional background. Most recently she was a Senior Conservation Officer in the Queensland Government Department of Environment & Science, where she developed and implemented public policies and programs in areas such as biodiversity offsets, litter and illegal dumping, and koala habitat protection.

Xiang's photo for SAEFXiang Zhao

Xiang Zhao is a research student working on applying systematic conservation planning tools on management and development of Antarctica’s Protected Areas. He worked on a project protecting the giant panda’s habitats from degradation caused by free-ranging livestock in three IBAs (Wanglang, Xuebaoding, and Xiaohegou Nature Reserves) located in Southwest China … Read more

Honours Students

Isabella Todd_profileIsabella Todd

Bella Todd is an undergraduate student currently completing her Honours Thesis in Conservation Biology at the University of Wollongong. Bella’s area of research is investigating how Species Distribution Models and Expert Knowledge can be used to model key Antarctic species across the Australian Antarctic Territory for better conservation outcomes. This project is part of the Securing Antarctic’s Environmental Future (SAEF) Initiative, which is an Australian Research Council special research initiative.