Research Fellows


Payal is developing an integrated modelling approach to assess the impacts of economic trade on land-use and biodiversity on a global scale. She has previously worked with principles of decision theory and optimal monitoring to help improve the use and selection of biodiversity indicators for conservation decision making.
Natalie is interested in how climate interacts with animal traits (behaviour, morphology & physiology) to influence species distributions. She is currently using biophysical models to predict how koalas will be affected by climate change.

Natalie’s website

Chris works with a combination of small-scale experimentation, theoretical modelling, and the analysis of long-term real-world data sets, to test and develop early warning signals to predict population and ecosystem collapse.
Chris’ website
David is developing monitoring protocols to support management of grazing and other threats to the recovery of Pine-Buloke Woodland in Mallee Parks of NW Victoria.

Dave’s website

Kate studies how landscape disturbances influence species dynamics and biodiversity. She is currently working on fire management plans for biodiversity conservation in the semi-arid mallee and Victorian foothills forests.

Kate’s website

Nick develops statistical models and software to predict the distributions of species and human diseases. He’s particularly interested in improving these models with information about traits, mechanistic relationships and population dynamics.

Nick’s website

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

Bronwyn’s areas of interest include disturbance ecology and threatened species conservation. She is currently developing a landscape-scale model of native mammal persistence under fire and invasive predator management.

Bronwyn’s website

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

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

Pia addresses applied conservation problems in contested landscapes. She draws on ecological, social, and decision sciences and is particularly interested in human-wildlife conflict, urban threatened species, and the efficacy of habitat offsetting, creation and supplementation.

Pia’s website

Kat is working on identifying strategies for better biodiversity offsets, and spatial conservation planning on Christmas Island, as part of the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub.

Kat’s website

Anja is working on designing monitoring programs for threatened species on remote Indigenous lands. Her research interests span ecology, evolution, genetics, and biodiversity conservation.

Anja’s website

Kylie studies the impacts of roads and urban development on biodiversity, and likes to find ways to reduce those impacts. She is currently focussed on finding conservation opportunities for threatened species in cities and towns.

Kylie’s website

Darren is using decision theoretic approaches to determine how much effort should be allocated towards monitoring to reduce uncertainty and when it is optimal to only participate in management.

Darren’s website

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

Matt studies the interactive effects of a range of threatening processes, such as disease and introduced predators, on declining frogs.

Matt’s website

Casey is interested in studying, modelling, and mitigating impacts of the built environment and infrastructure on biodiversity.

Casey’s website

JJian is interested in population and community dynamics. His research focuses on developing statistical methods tailored to ecological data. This includes combining different data types in a single analysis, working with functional data, and analysing emerging data types such as genomic data and biochronological data.

Jian’s website