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%) in November 2011. Her Honours project was incorporated with the South East Queensland Climate Change Adaptation Research Initiative and CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship. It involved comparing the output of different elevation data sets and models of how coastal ecosystems will respond to sea level rise. During her Honours year she was supervised by Dr. Jonathan Rhodes and Dr. Kerrie Wilson.
Honours student, University of Queensland, 2011
Bachelor (Hons) of Environmental Management (Sustainable Development), University of Queensland
Shoo, L.P., O’mara, J., Perhabns, K., Rhodes, J.R., Runting, R.K., Schmidt, S., Traill, L.W., Weber, L.C., Wilson, K.A. and Lovelock, C.E. (Accepted), Moving beyond the conceptual: specificity in regional climate change adaptation actions for biodiversity in South East Queensland, Australia. DOI 10.1007/s10113-012-0385-3
Runting, R. K., Wilson, K. A. and Rhodes, J. R. (2013), Does more mean less? The value of information for conservation planning under sea level rise. Global Change Biology, 19: 352–363. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12064
Runting R, Corcoran J, Leung A & Pullar D. 2011. Oil vulnerability: the effect of non-metropolitan areas and master planned estates in South East Queensland 2001–2006. Australian Planner. doi.10.1080/07293682.2011.592501
Maynard S, Runting R, Petter M, Mooney S, Davidson A and James D. 2010. Synthesizing qualitative and quantitative information: support for ecosystem over land use approaches to ecosystem services assessments. ACES: A Community on Ecosystem Services, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Runting R, Corcoran J, Leung A & Pullar D. 2011. Oil vulnerability: the effect of non-metropolitan areas and master planned estates in South East Queensland 2001–2006. University of Queensland Undergraduate Research Conference, Brisbane.
Runting R, Wilson K and Rhodes R. 2011. Is less more? The cost-effectiveness of investing in process-based models and high-resolution data for conservation planning under sea level rise. Ecology Society of Australia 2011 Annual Conference, Hobart, Tasmania.
Awarded the “most outstanding student speed talk in the session” at the Ecology Society of Australia’s 2011 Annual Conference in Hobart, Tasmania.
Awarded the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) prize for the best performing student graduating from the Bachelor of Environmental Management (Sustainable Development). (2011)
Awarded the “Surveying and Social Sciences Institute (Queensland) Geographical Information Systems Prize” for the graduating student (at UQ) who achieved the highest proficiency in Geographical Information Systems. (2011)