Research – defunct

We have broad research interests. Most of our research combines fieldwork with quantitative analyses, and usually involves modelling of some description. We have tried to summarize our research into four research themes – if you are interested in working on any of these topics as a postdoc or PhD student, please get in touch.

Tiwi fieldword, Photo: Bill La Marca Measuring change in biodiversity: Much of research focuses on measuring biodiversity and change in biodiversity, from local site-based monitoring to global indicators. Our aims include optimal monitoring, assessing the threat status of ecosystems (including the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems), and evaluating biodiversity indicators used at the global scale. More on this theme.
DSC04381 Predicting the impacts of change on biodiversity: We use a range of predictive modelling tools to forecast change in ecological and social-ecological systems, and aid understanding about system dynamics, evaluate the effectiveness of alternative policies and assess the performance of indicators for monitoring change. Our work in this area includes models of social-ecological systems, ecosystem services, ecological models for decision support, and indicator testing. More on this theme.
DSC04087 Conservation planning and decisions: Conservation science involves on making decisions about when, where and how to act to manage and conserve biodiversity. Much of our research focuses on spatial conservation planning or prioritisation, including planning for species persistence, integrating social and biodiversity values, and effects of uncertainty on decisions. We also work on how to make decisions, ranging from multi-criteria decision analysis, optimisation methods, and making robust decisions in the face of uncertainty. More on conservation planning and decisions…
Coorong lester conversation IUCN Red List of Ecosystems: We are part of a large group of researchers around the world work together on the science behind the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems. The IUCN Red List of Ecosystem is one of the most powerful tools currently available for the synthesis and analysis of existing biodiversity data. It has been designed to effectively integrate disparate data to achieve an objective, spatially explicit and easily communicated assessment of the current status of biodiversity. More on the Red List of Ecosystems…

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