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 highest return on investment for every dollar spent. As part of her honours project, Jessica developed a fine resolution resource allocation framework, using the malleefowl as a case study species. It aims to provide guidance on how to implement conservation management at a local level through optimal decision making.
Affiliation: University of Queensland
Status: Honours student, February 2009 – November 2009, jointly supervised by Prof. Hugh Possingham
Research Assistant, 2010