Jamie Wadey

 Jamie was conducting an undergraduate research project with Kerrie Wilson as part of the final semester of BSc degree,  in preparation for an Honours program. The research project consisted of developing a PVA (Population Viability Analysis) for the Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), in order to: (a) estimate the extinction probability of the species under current conditions, and…

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Karen Mustin

Karen was working on the science team of the Gondwana Link project to help to inform conservation decisions in relation to major threats to biodiversity in south-western Western Australia, including climate change, fire, invasive species and habitat fragmentation. Karen has particular interests in conservation and spatial population ecology, and her research focused on the interactions…

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Estelle Weber

During her honours project, Estelle developed an initial set of key metrics and explored how they influence conservation at the project level. Estelle used local scale studies (Berau in East Kalimantan) to identify the type of information to account for in project development in order to address a range of safeguards and to identify indicators at…

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Alexander Johnson

Alexander undertook an Honours project that aimed to identify potential correlations between land use change and regional precipitation patterns in Kalimantan, Borneo.  His work was incorporated into ongoing work with the Borneo’s Future Project.  His supervisors were Kerrie Wilson and Clive McAlpine. Honours student, Bachelor of Environmental Management (Sustainable Development), University of Queensland Email: alexander.johnson@uqconnect.edu.au

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Rebecca Richardson

Rebecca is interested in island conservation, in particular in threatened species management on islands. Her project was reviewing the progress made towards implementing island conservation commitments made by island nations and nations with islands in the context of the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA). The project examined the weaknesses and strengths effecting implementation, with consideration to…

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Luis D. Verde Arregoitia

Luis research interests include the ecology, evolution and conservation of mammals, with a specific focus on terrestrial species, although He studied the niche dynamics of migratory bats for my undergraduate thesis. His PhD project was supervised by Dr Diana Fisher, Dr Kerrie Wilson, and Dr Simon Blomberg (School of Biological Sciences, UQ). Luis was examining the…

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Ya-Ling Chang

In her honours project, Ya-Ling reviewed the literature on quantified values of forest focusing on village income studies in Borneo, Indonesia. This work aimed to set foundation for further discussion of hydrology values in Borneo. Her research project was supervised by Dr. Kerrie Wilson and Dr. Erik Meijaard. Ya-Ling is interested in conservation management and…

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Jessica Walsh

Jessica is interested in conservation planning and ecology and in particular, the prioritisation of resource allocation. The objective of her research was to specifiy how, where and when we should spend funds to achieve the greatest conservation outcome in a cost effective manner. She used decision support tools to determine which conservation actions provide the…

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Oscar Venter

Oscar is interested in conservation decision making, trading-off multiple conservation objectives, the conservation potential of ecosystem services, threats to endangered species and conservation effectiveness. He was working at the local and global scales to determine how initiatives to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation can be used to protect forest biodiversity. After completion of PhD studies,…

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Takuya Iwamura

PhD Candidate Tak’s PhD focused on conservation planning at a range of scales, from global analyses of climate change and ecosystems to regional scale conservation of migratory species and site selection among networks. After graduation Tak became Postdoctoral Scholar at Department of Biology & Department of Environmental Earth System Science, Stanford University, U.S.A.  He worked with…

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Megan Evans

Research Assistant   Megan is a conservation ecologist with broad interests in ecological sustainability, climate change and economics. From 2009-2012 she worked as a Research Assistant where her role was primarily to undertake research into applied conservation problems through the use and development of conservation planning tools. During this time, her research included: an analysis of…

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Howard Taylor

  Howard undertook research as part of his Masters to predict management costs for conservation activities across the Gold Coast region of Queensland,  Australia, in order to inform future acquisitions and improve investment decisions.       Affiliation: University of Queensland, March 2009-November 2009 Status: Masters student Email: htaylor@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

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Josie Carwardine

Josie is broadly interested in decision making for the assessment, protection and management of biodiversity and natural systems, and on how these decisions relate to human wellbeing. Her PhD focused on cost-effective systematic conservation planning, and was jointly supervised by Hugh Possingham and Kerrie Wilson at the University of Queensland, and Stefan Hajkowicz at CSIRO.…

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Marissa McBride

Honours, January 2005-October 2005 (Jointly supervised with Prof. Hugh Possingham), University of Queensland Research Assistant, July 2008-current, University of Queensland I am a PhD student in the Environmental Science Group at the University of Melbourne. My supervisors are Prof Mark Burgman here at Uni Melb and Dr Petra Kuhnert at CSIRO. My thesis is looking…

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Ayesha Tulloch

Ayesha’s research was focused on cost-effective resource allocation and decision-making processes for monitoring and management of threats to biodiversity. Her PhD focused on integrating disciplinary perspectives (economic, social, and environmental) to evaluate approaches for prioritising conservation investments in multiple stakeholder landscapes. The case study area was the biodiversity hotspot of south west Australia, where she…

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Hedley Grantham

  Hedley was a post-doctoral research fellow in the Spatial Ecology Lab. His broad research interests include adaptive and dynamic decision-making frameworks for spatial conservation prioritization and ecosystem-based management and decision support tools for spatial planning in marine, terrestrial and freshwater areas. More broadly Hedley has a love of natural history. Affiliation: University of Queensland Status:…

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Lucinda Douglass

Honours Student Lucinda is interested in maximising conservation effectiveness through planning for multiple objectives, emerging markets and socio-political factors. Also, how to successfully implement research findings and influence policy. Her research identified cost-effective, spatially-explicit priorities for improved fire and grazing management. It also accounted for the influence of carbon credits. When not trying to save…

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Matt Skroch

  Associate researcher Matt’s research is focused on spatial assessments of ecosystem services and biodiversity at the urban fringe. While his graduate research was based out of the University of Arizona,  Matt took the opportunity to study at the University of Queensland  for a portion of the 2009 summer and collaborate with Dr. K. Wilson. Urban…

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Sugeng Budiharta

PhD Candidate Sugeng’s PhD thesis developed novel frameworks on how decision science could be utilised to guide the restoration of degraded landscapes to enhance the delivery of ecosystem services.  His PhD was jointly supervised by Assoc. Prof. Kerrie Wilson, Professor Hugh Possingham, Dr. Peter Erskine and Dr. Erik Meijaard. The roles of tropical forest in the…

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Andrea Fullagar

Andrea has completed her Honours project within the Spatial Ecology Lab, where she investigated how to prioritise ecological restoration for a 250,000 hectare area in south-west Western Australia. Gondwana Link is one of the most ambitious restoration projects of its kind in Australia and aims to revegetate 1000 square kilometres of land across the south-west…

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Simon Drummond

Masters student Simon completed a Master of Science at University of Queensland in 2007 exploring the implications of threatened species policies on conservation planning. Using East Kalimantan province in Borneo as a case study, he found that cost effective reserve designs could be achieved for most mammals when efforts were focused towards threatened species. Whether…

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Natalie Hoskins

Masters student Natalie was an ecologist undertaking postgraduate research with Dr. Kerrie Wilson at the University of Queensland. My research interests lie in the use of conservation planning as a tool for conserving biodiversity. She was researching the impacts of urban development on an endangered blackbutt forest community in Southeast Queensland, by quantifying a range…

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Lochran Traill

Postdoctoral Fellow Lochran is a conservation biologist with specific interest in the drivers of extinction events, spatial population models and conservation planning. During his time as a postdoctoral fellow with Kerrie Wilson and Jonathan Rhodes, he developed a prioritisation framework for threatened species under global change in South East Queensland, Australia. After leaving University of Queensland Lochran became…

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Laura Canevari Luzardo

  Honours Student Laura is a graduated coastal manager with a variety of interests including climate adaptation, resilience building and coastal dynamics. Her Honours project consisted of looking at the impacts of land use change in mangrove communities of Moreton Bay (SEQ) using systems analysis, GIS, soil analysis and spatial statistics. While working on the…

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Ana Prohaska

Anna is conservation ecologist interested in understanding how to adequately incorporate the principles of landscape ecology and ecosystem functioning into the science and practice of conservation decision-making. She worked as a research intern within the Wilson Lab for 6 months, on two conservation planning projects:  the Southeast Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative project, and the…

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Moreno di Marco

PhD candidate Moreno’s research interests involves mammal conservation and management. He studied the Ecology and Population dynamics of Appennine’ s brown bear (Central Italy, Ursus arctos marsicanus) and Appennines’ s small rodents  (wood mouse and yellow-necked mouse). He was a PhD student in the Prof L. Boitani and Dr. C. Rondinini’ s lab in Rome.…

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Rebecca Runting

Honours student Rebecca has a diverse range of interests including: food security, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), peak oil, spatialising ecosystem services, and climate change adaptation. As an undergraduate she studied a Bachelors program in Environmental Management (Sustainable Development) at the University of Queensland, and was awarded First Class Honours and a University Medal (top 1%)…

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Tal Polak

PhD Candidate Tal is interested in applied conservation management, broad spectrum decision making and optimization of resource allocation. She is mainly interested in finding ways to mitigate the conflict in the areas of human-nature interactions with a focus on ecosystem conservation. Her thesis examined changes in the cost-effectiveness of the conservation outcomes with the use…

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Keren Raiter

Keren is a conservation ecologist keen on integrating on-ground ecology with practical conservation and well-founded policy. Prior to her return to the world of the student, she worked as an environmental officer at the Western Australian Department of Water, investigating climate change and forest management impacts on forested streams in the south-west of WA (and…

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Nancy Auerbach

PhD candidate Natalie is interested in research that informs threatened species management and decision-making.  Her research included evaluating the spatial distribution of threats to endangered flora and fauna, based upon species distribution models.  At a regional scale, the research explored whether investing in additional modelling for the purpose of assessing threats to species is warranted,…

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Dr. Jessie Wells

I am a post-doctoral researcher working on ecosystem services and landscape planning in Borneo, as part of the Borneo Futures Project in collaboration with other scientists and NGOs. Concurrently, I am working on watershed ecosystem services in Tanzania and Laos, with James Watson and Joseph Maina from ARC-CEED and the Wildlife Conservation Society; and on integrating…

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Brooke Williams

I am an honours student currently focusing on conservation in the context of fire management. I began my Bachelor of Science in 2011 with a passion for animals and nature. Through various volunteering opportunities and field trips presented to me though UQ, I quickly fell in love with the amazing landscapes I was exposed to…

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