Postgraduate Students

 

James is researching conservation planning in regions where there exist conflicts between extractive activities and biodiversity. He aims to develop the methods that allow economic costs to be integrated into the spatial prioritisation process and use tools from finance to build reserve portfolios that maximise returns on investment and effectively balance risks.
Zoi is researching population responses of bandicoots and potoroos to extended, broad-scale fox control in the Otway Ranges.

Zoi’s website

Sana is interested in how to integrate science and practice to deliver better conservation outcomes in environmental decision making.

Sana’s website

Matthew is examining how different scenarios of international trade and their implementation in computable general equilibrium models may better inform assessments of future biodiversity impacts. He will research how trade has been represented in existing socio-economic scenarios as well as establish a framework for expanding these scenarios to better encompass potential trade futures
Kaye is interested in the management of human-wildlife conflict. Her focus to date has been on human-flying-fox conflict in urban areas to get a better understanding of what management approaches are being used to mitigate conflict, and what factors influence the effectiveness of these actions.
Hugh’s research focuses on investigating the factors implicated in the ongoing decline of small mammal species across northern Australia.

Hugh’s website

Bruce is studying the extinction dynamics of the Growling Grass Frog (Litoria raniformis) across south-eastern Australia.

Arabella is looking for the Leadbeater’s Possum outside its known distribution in the Central Highlands. To do this she is using a combination of environmental modelling, expert advice and camera trapping.
Michelle is investigating how plant traits and fire frequency drive recruitment and persistence of trees in frequently burnt tropical savannas.

Michelle’s website

Will is working on predicting the combined effects of disease and climate change on the growling grass frog. At the moment, he is studying the thermal performance, limits and preferences of the frog to create a thermal performance curve.

Beck’s research is largely based in central South Australia and focuses on refining species monitoring methods to improve outcomes for native species in the presence of introduced predators. Initially involving cat and fox monitoring using spatially explicit models, the knowledge gained will be used to inform conservation efforts beyond fenced reserves.
Rebecca’s website
Chris’s research focus on the tradeoffs between development, biodiversity and human well-being and how to model and test different policy options at different spatial scales to make better decisions for conservation and development.

Chris’ website

August studies the use of model-averaging to improve Species Distribution Models. Particularly, he is interested in whether or not model-averaging is always better than using a single model and how models may be improved.

August’s website

Anwar studies the vulnerability of freshwater crayfish to climate change. His research aims to develop a novel analytical tool to predict the effects of climate change, habitat connectivity and management interventions on crayfish conservation status.

Anwar’s website

Martin is interested in applying (Bayesian) statistical modelling to problems in ecology. He is investigating how to accelerate the fitting of large models using techniques such as variational inference, and how machine learning models could be used to help answer ecological questions.

Martin’s website

Simon is interested in developing modelling methods for various aspects of ecology. Currently, his focus is on landscape and population modelling frameworks and Bayesian approaches to determine the status of rare species.
Lukas’ research focuses on comparing the thermal biology of the critically endangered Spotted Tree Frog and the sympatric Lesueur’s Frog.
Greg is interested in how decisions are made in classical biological control. His research applies structured decision making approaches to help determine 1) the level of risk of a proposed biological control agent, and whether that risk is acceptable to decision makers, and 2) maximise establishment success of biological control agents that are approved for introduction.
K is interested in trade-offs in monitoring, and is looking into the interplay between effort, precision and resolution using tools such as double sampling and management strategy evaluation (MSE).

Erica is researching biodiversity offsets and involved in trading of biodiversity losses and gains. The aim of her research is to improve biodiversity persistence and reduce losses due to development.

Erica’s website

Liz is attempting to increase the certainty of rare species distribution models by incorporating species functional traits and assemblage composition into hierarchical models.

Liz’s website

Emily is comparing the effectiveness of environmental DNA metabarcoding and electrofishing for sampling freshwater fish communities.
Leo’s research focuses on examining the microclimate and thermal suitability of artificial dens (nest boxes and chainsaw hollows) used to provide alternative nesting sites for Leadbeater’s possum.Leo’s website
Jessie’s research examines the translocation success of the nationally vulnerable Burrowing Bettong (Bettongia lesueur) or ‘Boodie’.

Jessie’s website

Angela is investigating the effects of species distribution model uncertainties on conservation outcomes. By using data from the Greater Hunter region surrounding Newcastle, NSW, this research contributes to an overarching goal of better integration of natural and human environments.

Angela’s website

Alice is hoping to discover what impacts systematic conservation planning outcomes the most: accurate biological data or cost estimates?
Esti is studying biological invasions from a plant community perspective. She is interested in what makes some species good invaders, as well as what environmental conditions promote high levels of habitat invasibility.

Estíbaliz’s website

Matt is researching invasive predators and how species’ ecology impacts monitoring.

Matt’s website

Linda’s research involves using remote sensing to estimate grass biomass in the semi-arid woodlands of north-western Victoria. This information will contribute to the management of kangaroo populations, with the aim of promoting regeneration of endangered Buloke Woodlands.

Linda’s website

Lucy is researching ways in improving the quality of decisions in management and conservation of wetland biodiversity by exploring quantitative tools for prioritization of resource allocation.

Lucy’s website

Gerry is studying the elements underlying achieving successful conservation impacts, and how we can, do, and should evaluate them.

Gerry’s website

Adam is interested in how targeted gene flow can be used as a management tool to reduce the impact of invading populations. His current focus lies in investigating the utility of targeted gene flow in reducing the dispersal ability of Cane Toads across North-Western Australia.

Adam’s website

Nick is comparing the efficiency of thermal monitoring to other monitoring methods for the detection of arboreal marsupials, including various possum and glider species. His current area of study is in the Strathbogie State Forest is northeastern Australia.
David’s research is focused on the effects of anthropogenic climate change, land use change, biological invasions and emerging diseases on biodiversity distribution and persistence. He is currently working on range dynamics predictions for forest tree and shrub species under recent environmental change.

David’s website

Roozbeh is interested in spatial ecology, the modelling of species distributions and application of SDM in conservation planning. Currently, he is accounting for spatial autocorrelation in model evaluation and developing methods/tools to investigate transferability of species distribution models in space and time.

Roozbeh’s website

Els is studying how much data is needed to make reliable conservation decisions.

Els’ website

Inka is studying movements and habitat use of the Brolga, Grus rubicunda, in south west Victoria.

Inka’s website

Blythe is researching insect pollinator populations in Melbourne, through a combination of ecological modelling and citizen science.
David’s research is based in the developing field of Joint Species Distribution Modelling (JSDMs).

David’s website

Saras is studying plant community assembly and its influence on wetland ecosystem function.

Saras’ website

Chung-Huey is interested in applying decision science, system thinking, math, and statistics in tackling environmental challenges. His research focuses on optimal resource allocation in conservation and biosecurity management, and when and how to re-assess and update the investment portfolio in response to emerging priorities.

Chung-Huey’s website

Alys’ research project will be examining the relationship between the breeding activity of malleefowl and vegetation. She is planning on using malleefowl breeding activity data from the last 20 years across Australia to look at the impact of vegetation quality from remotely sensed imaging.

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