Past Lab Members

 

Photo of BrookeBrooke Williams

Brooke focused on conservation in the context of fire management. In her honours project she was looking at the trade-off between the conflicting management goals of prescribed burns for asset protection and burns for conservation of fire dependent ecosystems. Her goal was to develop and apply new spatial optimisation methods to assist environmental managers… Read more

tal-jpg.jpegTal Polak

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… Read more

Jessie_WellsDr Jessie Wells

Jessie was 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, she was working on watershed ecosystem services in Tanzania and Laos, with James Watson and Joseph Maina from ARC-CEED and the Wildlife Conservation Society… Read more

sugeng-e1496892541637.jpgSugeng Budiharta

In his PhD project Sugeng developed novel frameworks on how decision science could be utilised to guide the restoration of degraded landscapes to enhance the delivery of ecosystem services.  The project was jointly supervised by Assoc. Prof. Kerrie Wilson, Professor Hugh Possingham, Dr. Peter Erskine and Dr. Erik Meijaard… Read more

Karen MustinDr 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… Read more

keren.jpegKeren Raiter

Keren is a conservation ecologist keen on integrating on-ground ecology with practical conservation and well-founded policy. Keren’s interests include conserving ecological processes that sustain biodiversity in relatively intact systems, finding solutions to complex problems regarding environmental conservation and development… Read more

Alex JohnsonAlexander 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… Read more

nancy.jpgNancy Auerbach

Nancy 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, given the urgent need for action to stem biodiversity loss…. Read more

Luis Verde Arregoitia

Luis’ research interests include ecology, evolution and conservation of mammals, with a specific focus on terrestrial species. In his PhD project Luis was examining the relationship between the evolutionary history of mammalian species and their present day risk of extinction in the context of anthropogenic threats. … Read more

ayesha-e1498445529871Ayesha Tulloch

Ayesha’s research examined 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… Read more

Ya-Ling ChangYa-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… Read more

takuya_iwamura2.pngTakuya Iwamura

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… Read more

oscar_venter_jun09Oscar 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… Read more

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERADr Lochran Traill

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…. Read more

howard_imageHoward Taylor

As part of his Masters degree, Howard undertook research project to predict management costs for conservation activities across the Gold Coast region of Queensland,  Australia to inform future acquisitions and improve investment decisions…. Read more

megannorway.jpgMegan Evans

AMegan is a conservation ecologist with broad interests in ecological sustainability, climate change and economics. From 2009-2012 she worked as a Research Assistant undertaking research into applied conservation problems through the use and development of conservation planning tools… Read more

Dr Hedley Grantham

Hedley’s 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… Read more

Paula Deegan

Paula was the Senior Research Associate at the Ecology Centre’s Gondwana Link Climate Change Project. … Read more

 

 

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)… Read more

Rebecca Runting

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… Read more

7907crop.jpgEstelle 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 a global scale that might best represent these … Read more

Laura Canevari Luzardo

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… Read more

rebecca-richardson.jpegRebecca Richardson

Rebecca’s 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 both national and regional scale delivery models. … Read more

natalieNatalie Hoskins

Natalie is an ecologist. Her research interests lie in the use of conservation planning as a tool for conserving biodiversity. She undertook postgraduate research with Dr. Kerrie Wilson at the University of Queensland.  Natalie was researching the impacts of urban development on an endangered blackbutt forest community in Southeast Queensland, by quantifying a range of specific threats. Read more

josieJosie Carwardine

Josie is 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… Read more

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 coast of Western Australia… Read more

moreno-di-marcoMoreno di Marco

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). Moreno was a PhD student in the Prof L. Boitani and Dr. C. Rondinini’ s lab in Rome… Read more

jessicawalshJessica 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 … Read more

Lucinda Douglass

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 … Read more

Ana Prohaska

Ana 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 … Read more

skroch.jpegMatt Skrotch

Matt’s research 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. … Read more

simondrummondSimon Drummond

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… Read more

marissa.jpgMarissa McBride

Marissa completed her undergraduate degree in mathematics and genetics at the University of Queensland, and did her honours year with Prof Hugh Possingham and Dr Kerrie Wilson looking at incorporating socioeconomic factors into global conservation priorities… Read more

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