Research Fellows


Lucie develops mechanistic models of ecosystem collapse to inform the criteria for the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems. Her interests include global conservation policy, macroecology and computational statistics.
Lucie’s website


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


Michael studies on optimal conservation decision making and marine ecology, from the vantage point provided by the Matlab command prompt.
Michael’s website


Jane works on questions that integrate community assembly with invasion ecology, usually in freshwater environments.
Jane’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


Geoff works on the conservation of reptiles and amphibians, and has a burgeoning interest in the use of metapopulation theory to identify optimal management strategies for these animals. His current research focuses on developing metapopulation models for threatened frogs in urbanising landscapes.
Geoff’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 uses quantitative tools to address applied conservation problems in fragmented urban or agricultural landscapes. In particular, she is interested in issues associated with conservation planning, population viability, connectivity and species distribution models.
Pia’s website


Alana’s current research includes: using ecological theory to derive biodiversity indices, accounting for uncertainty when designing nature reserves and incorporating monitoring costs in Adaptive Management models. Alana currently lives in French Guiana where she is working on a project to evaluate the existing reserve network. of insect species on plants.
Alana’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


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


Jian is interested in the analysis of trait data at the scale of populations and communities. His current work uses functional data analysis to study distributions of traits rather than average values.
Jian’s website