Principal Researchers

Professor Brendan Wintle

Brendan is Director of the National Threatened Species Recovery Hub and Professor in Conservation Ecology. He’s interested in ecological modelling and prediction, uncertainty and environmental decision making, optimal conservation investment, monitoring, population viability analysis, species distribution modelling, and greater gliders. And now enjoying some cool field experiments in his dotage.

Brendan’s website

Assoc. Prof. Fiona Fidler Assoc. Prof. Fiona Fidler

Fiona is an Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow, interested in reproducibility and open science in ecology, how scientists and other experts reason and make decisions, and various aspects of interdisciplinary conservation science, including conservation psychology.

Fiona’s website

Dr Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita

Gurutzeta is a Senior Lecturer at the School of BioSciences. Her research interests include optimal monitoring, the modelling of species distribution and range dynamics, and approaches to deal with imperfect detection in wildlife surveys. She is interested in developing and applying new methods, as well as evaluating and comparing their performance to inform future use.

Gurutzeta’s website

Professor Jane Elith

Jane is a Professor based at the University of Melbourne. She specialises in methods for implementing and evaluating species distribution models with a focus on relevance to intended applications.

Jane’s website

Dr José Lahoz-Monfort

José is a Senior Lecturer in Ecological Modelling at the School of BioSciences. His research focuses on wildlife monitoring techniques, modelling of population dynamics and species distributions, and the statistical methods that underpin these areas. He is interested in the use of new technologies, including acoustics, drones and thermal sensors, to better understand and conserve natural systems.

José’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

Professor Michael McCarthy

Mick is interested in developing, evaluating and applying models to assist environmental management. His research spans many areas including detection of invasive and rare species, population dynamics, fire ecology, synthesis of ecological data, ecological indices, and environmental risk assessment.

Mick’s website

Assoc. Prof. Peter Vesk

Peter is an Associate Professor in the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne. His research interests mostly fall in two areas. Generalization and research synthesis in ecology and particularly the use of functional traits and types. Better ecological management through setting clear objectives and using appropriate explicit ecological models.

Pete’s website