Meet the Team

Principal Investigators

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Billy Geary (he/him)

Lecturer in Quantitative Ecology & Biodiversity Conservation

Ecological modelling & forecasting, Conservation prioritisation, Ecosystem management, Fire ecology

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Brendan Wintle (he/him)

Professor of Conservation Ecology

Threatened Species, Species Distribution Modelling, Making Decisions Under Uncertainty, Cost-Effectiveness of Conservation Programs

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Emily Nicholson (she/her)

Professor of Conservation Science

Conservation Science, Ecosystem Science, Biodiversity indicators, Conservation policy

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Emma J. Hudgins (she/her)

Lecturer in Quantitative Ecology

Invasive Species, Spread modelling, Spatial prioritisation, Urban wellbeing, Forest management

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Fiona Fidler

Professor

Reproducibility, Social and Behavioural Science, Metascience, Philosophy of Science

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Jack Pascoe (he/him)

Senior Research Fellow

Biocultural Landscapes, Fire Ecology, Wildlife Ecology, Vertebrate Pest Management

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Michael McCarthy (he/him)

Professor

Statistical Ecology, Imperfect Detection, Population Ecology, Ecological Modelling

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Peter Vesk (he/him)

Professor

Plants and Vegetation, Functional Traits, Ecological Modelling, mainly statistical, Eucalypt Tree Ecology, Vegetation Management and Conservation

Researchers

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Alys Young (she/her)

PhD Candidate

Species Distribution Modelling, Remote-sensing, Indigenous Ecological Knowledge

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Anja Skroblin (she/her)

Research Fellow

Threatened Species Conservation, Designing Monitoring, Combining Knowledges, Evidence Based Land Management

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Bonnie Wintle (she/her)

Research Fellow

Meta-research, Expert Judgement, Environmental Decision Making, Horizon Scanning

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Bronwyn Hradsky (she/her)

Research Fellow

Threatened Species Conservation, Invasive Predator Ecology, Fire Ecology, Agent-based Modelling

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Clare Vernon (she/her)

PhD Candidate

Ecosystem science, Ecological indicators, Alpine ecology, Red List of Ecosystems, Expert judgement and expert elicitation

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David Wilkinson (he/him)

Research Fellow

Joint Species Distribution Modelling, Reproducible Research, Imperfect Detection, Ecological Modelling

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Eleanor Stern (she/her)

PhD Student

Microcosms, Ecology, Wildlife

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Ella Plumanns Pouton (she/her)

Research Fellow

Plant and vegetation ecology, Conservation biology, Fire ecology, Functional traits, Environmental governance

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Elliot Gould (they/them)

PhD Candidate and Research Assistant

Meta-research, Reproducibility and Transparency, Ecological Modelling, Structured Decision Making, Decision Analysis, Data Science & R

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Emily McColl-Gausden (she/her)

Research Fellow

Wildlife Monitoring, Imperfect Detection, Ecological Modelling, Environmental DNA

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Gabrielle Cleary (she/her)

Masters Student

Plant Functional Traits

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Hannah Mikkelson (she/her)

Masters student

Ecological modelling, Ecosystem science

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Julianna Santos (she/her)

Research Fellow

Threatened Species and Communities, Ecosystem Management, Fire Ecology, Ecological Modelling

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Kathryn Knights (she/her)

PhD Candidate, Research Assistant

Wildlife Monitoring, Survey Design, Mathematical Methods in Ecology

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Kevin Newman (he/him)

PhD Candidate

Imperfect Detection, Quantitative Ecology, Australian Native Species

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Kylie Soanes (she/her)

Research Fellow

Urban Ecology, Threatened Species Conservation, Road Ecology, Artificial Habitats

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Maddi Miller (she/they)

Research Fellow

Indigenous Knowledge, Caring for Country, Cultural Landscapes, Human Nature Interaction

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Megan Good (she/her)

Research Fellow

Eucalypt Dynamics, Woodland Restoration, State and Transition models, Plant Ecology

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Michael Traurig (His/Him)

PhD Candidate

Spatial mapping and analysis, Statistical analysis and modelling, Marine connectivity and biophyiscal modelling, Ecosystem services and economic accounting

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Mishal Gudka (he/him)

PhD Candidate

Ecology, Applied Ecology, Conservation, Quantitative ecosystem assessment frameworks, Analysis/coding in R, Decision support

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Natalie Briscoe (she/her)

Research Fellow

Species Distribution Modelling, Ecophysiology, Threatened Species Conservation

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Natasha Cadenhead (she/her)

Research Assistant, PhD Candidate

Sustainable Finance, Species Distribution Modelling, Population Viability & Scenario Analysis, Threatened Species

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Payal Bal (she/her)

Research Fellow

Ecological Modelling, Data Science, Conservation Decision-Making

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Rebecca Groenewegen (she/her)

PhD Candidate

Integrated Population Models, Conservation Planning, Optimising Monitoring, JAGS/NIMBLE

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Samuel Hickman (he/him)

Research Associate and Biodiversity Footprint Project Manager

Biodiversity Conservation, Corporate Sustainability, Sustainable Finance, Value Chain Analysis

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Saoirse Kelleher (she/her)

PhD candidate

Species Distribution Modelling, Conservation Technology, Remote Sensing, Bioacoustics

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Stephanie Stylli (she/her)

Masters student

Threatened Species Conservation, Wildlife Management, Fire Ecology, Science Communication

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Takuya Nomura (he/him)

Masters student

Ecosystem science

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Teagan Goolmeer (She/her)

PhD Candidate

Indigenous Knowledge, Environmental Management, Structured Decision Making

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Vishnu Ramachandran Menon (he/him)

PhD Candidate

Field Ecology, Predator-Human Conflicts, Occupancy Modelling

Affiliates

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Alyson Stobo-Wilson (she/her)

Research Fellow

Biodiversity Indicators, Landscape Ecology, Conservation Ecology, Trophic Interactions

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August (Tianxiao) Hao (he/him)

PhD Candidate alumni

Species Distribution Modelling, Biogeographic Regionalisation, Fungi Biogeography, Citizen Science Data

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Casey Visintin (he/him)

Research Fellow

Wildlife Conservation, Quantitative Modelling, Biodiversity Sensitive Design, Urban Ecology

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Cindy Hauser (she/her)

Research Fellow

Structured decision-making, management, prioritisation and optimisation, Expert-elicitation, Bayesian statistics and modelling, Optimal survey design

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David Duncan (he/him)

Research Fellow alumni

Ecology of Plants, Ecological Restoration, Design of Monitoring and Evaluation in Conservation, Open Science

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David E. Uribe-Rivera (he/him)

PhD Candidate alumni

Ecoogical Forecasting, Global Change Ecology, Process-explicit Models, Conservation Planning

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Esti Palma (she/her)

Former PhD Candidate

Biological Invasions, Plant Ecology, Functional Traits, Statistical Modelling

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Ezra Janetzki (he/him)

Master’s student alumni

Plant Functional Traits, Bushfire Recovery

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Gerry Ryan (he/him)

Senior Research Officer

Species distribution and population dynamics, Conservation science, Risk and decision making, Bayesian modelling, Vultures and river dolphins

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Gurutzeta Guillera Arroita (she/her)

Senior Researcher / Former QAEco PI

Statistical Ecology, Wildlife Monitoring Methods, Optimal Survey Design, Species Distribution Modelling

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Hannah Fraser (she/her)

Research Fellow

Conservation Ecology, Restoration, Meta-Research

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Hugh Davies (he/him)

Research Associate

Biodiversity Conservation, Feral Animals, Fire Management, Indigenous Engagement

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Islay McDougall (she/her)

Master’s Student alumni

Species Distribution Modelling, Threatened Species Conservation, GIS

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James Camac (he/him)

Research Fellow

Population Demographics, Fire Ecology, Biosecurity, Climate Change Impacts

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Jane Elith (she/her)

Honorary Professor

Species Distribution Modelling, Conservation and Management, Dealing with Uncertainty, Advancing Data-Intensive Research

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Jenny Huang (she/her)

Former Student

Expert Elicitation, Quantitative Ecology, Bushfire Management

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Jutta Beher (she/her)

Former PhD Candidate

decision-making, prioritisation, spatial analysis, marine connectivity

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Katharine Senior (she/her)

Research Fellow

Fire Ecology, Mammology, Spatial Ecology and Modelling, Field Ecology

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Kinjia Munkara-Murray (she/her)

Former Student

Indigenous Knowledges, Threatened Species and Communities, SDMs and Biogeography

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Kylle Quinn (he/him)

Master’s Student alumni

Conservation Ecology, Species Distribution Modelling, Environmental Ethics

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Laura Pollock (she/her)

Assistant Professor

Species Distribution Modelling, Functional Traits, Conservation Prioritisation

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Libby Rumpff (she/her)

Research Fellow alumni

Decision Analysis for Conservation and Research Management, Threatened Species and Communities, Fire Management

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Linda Riquelme (she/her)

Former PhD Candidate

Plant Ecology, Land Management & Conservation, Remote Sensing

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Luba Volkova (she/her)

Senior Research Fellow

Forest Ecology, Forest Carbon Cycling, Bushfire fuel management, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Mark Burgman (he/him)

Professor

Conservation Biology, Risk Assessment, Population Models

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Matthew Cantele (he/him)

Research Fellow

Computable General Equilibrium Models, Global Scenario Analysis, Integrated Assessment Modeling

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Matthew Rees (he/him)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Invasive Species, Predator Ecology, Data Integration, Conservation and Agricultural Decision-Making

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Md Anwar Hossain (he/him)

PhD Candidate alumni

Quantitative Modelling, Ecophysiology, Climate Change, Conservation

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Naomi Indigo (she/her)

Research Assistant

Australian Wildlife Ecology, Conservation Biology, Two-way-science, Population Monitoring for Threat Mitigation and Management

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Olivia Tunney (she/her)

Masters student alumni

Species Distribution Modelling, Ecological Monitoring, Science Communication

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Pia Lentini (she/her)

Senior scientist. Former research fellow

Wildlife Management and Conservation, Urban Ecology, Behaviour Change, Conservation Planning

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Reid Tingley (he/him)

Lecturer

Species Distribution Modelling and Population Dynamics, Statistical Methods and Monitoring Design, Macroecology, Environmental DNA

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Rohan Khot (he/him)

Former Student

Plant Functional Traits, Species Distribution Modelling

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Sandra Penman (she/her)

PhD Candidate

Fire Ecology, Community Ecology, Bats, Terrestrial LiDAR

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Saras Windecker (she/her)

Research Fellow alumni

Species Distribution Modelling, Functional Traits, Forecasting, Reproducible Research