Principal Researchers

Assoc. Prof. Jane Elith

Jane is an Associate 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




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

Gurutzeta’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


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



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



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


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