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 W.A. Andrea’s study area was the ‘Fitz-Stirling’, located between the Stirling Ranges and the Fitzgerald River National Park, which had been extensively cleared for agriculture. She applied Marxan; a reserve-selection software developed by The Ecology Centre at UQ, to prioritise where restoration could be allocated given different budget scenarios. The aim of her project was to provide a more strategic and cost-effective approach to landscape management to assist Gondwana Link in making revegetation decisions in the Fitz-Stirling, by mapping potential restoration pathways that achieve set targets for different vegetation associations.
Affiliation: University of Queensland
Status: Honours student, July 2009 – May 2010 (jointly supervised with Prof. Hugh Possingham)
Research Assistant, 2010