Dr Truly Santika (Rintanen)

Truly SantikaTruly’s research program is in the area of conservation, natural resource management and sustainable landscape. She is interested in both theory and application of landscape analysis and has been involved in several projects in Australia, Southeast Asia and Southern Africa. Truly has worked in close collaboration with academic institutions, governments and non-governmental organizations from different parts of the world, with diverse views and expertise in ecology, environment, economy, and social field.

Truly has a background in Mathematics (BSc from Bandung Institute of Technology), Statistics and Operations Research (MSc from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University), and Natural Resource Management (PhD from The Australian National University).


Truly’s research falls into four main areas:

  • Broad-scale analysis of biodiversity and changes in species distribution. This includes theoretical aspects of species distribution modelling, and the application of distribution model for the conservation of endangered species (i.e. koala and orangutan).
  • Optimization and spatial prioritization for conservation and natural resource management. This includes spatial prioritization of investment for the recovery of koala in Australia and for the Bornean orangutan, and the application of modern portfolio theory to game ranch management in South Africa.
  • Landscape change impacts on ecosystem and human wellbeing. This includes assessment of the impact of land cover and climate change on rural livelihoods and human wellbeing (in multidimensional perspective), and the socioeconomic impact of oil palm expansion in tropical countries.
  • Impact evaluation of biodiversity conservation programs. This includes theoretical aspects of impact evaluation methodologies, assessment of the effectiveness of protected areas in reducing deforestation, and assessment of the role of community forest management in conservation and poverty alleviation.

Adjunct Fellow, The University of Queensland, March 2011 – current

E-Mail:  trulysantika@gmail.com

Selected publications

Santika, T., Meijaard, T., Budiharta, S., Law, E.A., Kusworo, A., Hutabarat, J.A., Indrawan, T.P., Struebig, M., Raharjo, S., Huda, I., Sulhani, Ekaputri, A.D., Trison, S., Stigner, M. & Wilson, K.A. 2017. Community forest management in Indonesia: avoided deforestation in the context of anthropogenic and climate complexities. Global Environmental Change. 46: 6071http://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2017.08.002 View online here

Santika, T., Ancrenaz, M., Wilson, K.A., Spehar, S., Abram. N. et al. (2017) First integrative trend analysis for a great ape species in Borneo. Scientific Reports 7, 4839. http://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-04435-9 View online here

Lunney, D., Stalenberg, E., Santika, T. & Rhodes, J.R. (In Press) A rebuttal to ‘Mooted extinction of koalas at Eden. Improving the information base’. Wildlife Research. View online http://www.publish.csiro.au/WR/justaccepted/WR17008

Meijaard, E., Budiharta, S. & Santika, T. (2017) Getting community forest reforms right. Strategic Review 7 (1), 6-11. View online https://www.researchgate.net/publication/312032250_Getting_community_forest_reforms_right

Wijedasa, L.S., Jauhiainen, J., Könönen, M., Lampela, M., Vasander, H. et al. (2017) Denial of long-term issues with agriculture on tropical peatlands will have devastating consequences. Global Change Biology 23, 977-982. View online http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.13516/abstract

Santika, T., Meijaard, E. & Wilson, K.A. (2015) Designing multifunctional landscapes for forest conservation. Environmental Research Letters 10, 114012. View online http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/10/11/114012

Santika, T., McAlpine, C.A., Lunney, D., Wilson, K..A. & Rhodes, J.R. (2015) Assessing spatio-temporal priorities for species’ recovery in broad-scale dynamic landscapes. Journal of Applied Ecology 52, 832-840. View online http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2664.12441/full

Santika, T., McAlpine, C.A., Lunney, D., Wilson, K..A. & Rhodes, J.R. (2014) Modelling species distributional shifts across broad spatial extents by linking dynamic occupancy models with public-based surveys. Diversity and Distributions 20, 786-796. View online http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ddi.12189/full

Lunney, D., Stalenberg, E., Santika, T. & Rhodes, J.R. (2014) Extinction in Eden: identifying the role of climate change in the decline of the koala in south-eastern NSW. Wildlife Research 41, 22-34. View online here

Santika, T. (2011) Assessing the effect of prevalence on the predictive performance of species distribution models using simulated data. Global Ecology and Biogeography 20, 181-192. View online http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1466-8238.2010.00581.x/full

Santika, T. & Hutchinson, M.F. (2009) The effect of species response form on species distribution model prediction and inference. Ecological Modelling 220, 2365-2379. View online here

Hearne, J., Santika, T. & Goodman, P. (2008) Portfolio selection theory and wildlife management. ORiON 24, 103-113. View online http://orion.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/62