Research Fellows


Dr Michael Bode

Michael studies on optimal conservation decision making and marine ecology, from the vantage point provided by the Matlab command prompt.
Michael’s website


Dr Jane Catford

Jane works on questions that integrate community assembly with invasion ecology, usually in freshwater environments.
Jane’s website


Dr David Duncan

David’s research is on designing a quantitative evaluation strategy for the Biodiversity Fund, an investment by the Australian Government for works to re-establish or native vegetation and protect biodiversity.
David’s website


Dr Gurutzeta
Guillera-Arroita

Gurutzeta’s areas of interest include optimal monitoring, study design, the modelling of species detectability and adaptive management.
Gurutzeta’s website


Dr Geoff Heard

Geoff works on the conservation of reptiles and amphibians, and has a burgeoning interest in the use of metapopulation theory to identify optimal management strategies for these animals. His current research focuses on developing metapopulation models for threatened frogs in urbanising landscapes.
Geoff’s website


Dr Cindy Hauser

Cindy develops efficient surveys and management strategies in the face of constant uncertainty, regular interaction with managers and occasional fieldwork. She works on threatened malleefowl, invasive hawkweeds and, where ever possible, differentiable functions.
Cindy’s website


Dr Kelly Hunt de Bie

Kelly’s areas of interest include recreation ecology, adaptive management, structured decision making and plant responses to disturbance. She is currently working in collaboration with Parks Victoria to develop and implement monitoring of visitor impacts and potential adaptive management responses for Victoria’s National Parks.
Kelly’s website


Chris Jones

Chris is studying the use of vegetation monitoring data from a variety of sources for investigating change over time.
Chris’s website


Dr Luke Kelly

Luke’s areas of interest include fire ecology, spatial ecology and conservation management. His work is currently focused on determining appropriate landscape-scale fire histories that support biodiversity.
Luke’s website


Dr Heini Kujala

Heini’s research focuses on how to do conservation planning under climate change when species distributions are shifting and there are high uncertainties about when, where and what to protect. She’s currently working on developing an optimal restoration and conservation scheme under climate change for Australia.
Heini’s website


Dr José Lahoz-Monfort

José’s research interests include ecological statistics, population models and species distribution models… and how these should feed into the decision-making process for conservation. He is currently involved in 2 adaptive management projects, for malleefowl conservation and kangaroo population control.
José’s website


Dr Pia Lentini

Pia uses quantitative tools to address applied conservation problems in fragmented urban or agricultural landscapes. In particular, she is interested in issues associated with conservation planning, population viability, connectivity and species distribution models.
Pia’s website


Dr Alana Moore

Alana’s current research includes: using ecological theory to derive biodiversity indices, accounting for uncertainty when designing nature reserves and incorporating monitoring costs in Adaptive Management models. Alana currently lives in French Guiana where she is working on a project to evaluate the existing reserve network. of insect species on plants.
Alana’s website


Dr Alejandra
Morán-Ordóñez

Alejandra’s research areas of interest include landscape ecology, spatial modelling and nature conservation and management. She is currently working on testing how accurately species distribution models are able to project the future availability of habitat under climate change.
Alejandra’s website


Dr Brett Murphy

Brett’s research focuses on the links between fire regimes, climate and biodiversity. He is currently working on evaluating different approaches to predicting climate change impacts on biodiversity, with particular emphasis on community-level approaches.
Brett’s website


Dr Emily Nicholson

Emily focuses on decision-making for conservation and environmental management using a decision analytic approach, where the goals, constraints and uncertainties are made explicit. Applications include conservation planning, monitoring, decision-making under uncertainty and modelling social-economic systems..
Emily’s website


Dr Laura Pollock

Laura’s interests span the fields of plant ecology and evolution, including topics such as niche modelling, trait evolution, and phylogeography. She has focused mainly on Eucalyptus and is currently working on phylogenetic diversity and conservation.
Laura’s website


Dr Dominique Potvin

Dominique is currently investigating the effects of the 2009 Victorian bushfires on frog populations in the Kinglake region, focusing on population genetics and community ecology. She is predominantly interested in the interactions between environment, behaviour and evolution, especially how disturbance might affect communication patterns and population genetics in vertebrates.
Dominique’s website


Dr Tracey Regan

Tracey’s research currently focuses on developing ecological models to address climate change impacts on species persistence.
Tracey’s website


Dr Tracy Rout

Tracy uses methods from decision science to analyse ecological management problems. She is particularly interested in the role of uncertainty in decision-making, and the value of reducing that uncertainty through monitoring and experimentation.
Tracy’s website


Dr Libby Rumpff

Libby’s current work focuses on adaptive management and structured decision making for natural resource management. She is currently implementing an Adaptive Management program for the restoration of grassy woodlands in south-eastern Australia.
Libby’s website


Dr Reid Tingley

Reid’s current research focuses on predicting the establishment and spread of exotic species, with a particular emphasis on using species distribution models to forecast invasions.
Reid’s website


Warwick Smith

Warwick is an economist and an ecologist/evolutionary biologist. Warwick is examining the impact of carbon pricing on farmer decision making. This includes risk anlayses for carbon biosequestration (tree planting) projects that compare the likely outcomes of biodiverse indigenous plantings versus fast growing monocultures.
Warwick’s website


Dr Amy Whitehead

Amy is interested in applying science-based tools to improving threatened species conservation, particularly through the use of modelling. Her current research focuses on strategic assessments of areas under increasing urban development.
Amy’s website


Dr Bonnie Wintle

Bonnie is interested in improving judgements and decision making in environmental science, namely risk analysis, ecology and Natural Resource Management. She is currently developing horizon scanning tools with the federal Department of Environment for early detection of threats to biodiversity and opportunities for conservation.
Bonnie’s website