Dr Tara Martin
Tara leads the Conservation Decisions Lab. She is a senior research scientist with CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Queensland and Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia. Tara is also a researcher in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Environmental Decisions (CEED) and National Environmental Research Program (NERP). The focus of Tara’s research is on how to make better ecological predictions and turn these predictions into better management decisions concerning the conservation and restoration of biodiversity in a rapidly changing world.
Dr Yvonne Buckley
Yvonne works jointly with the Environmental Decisions Group, University of Queensland and CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems. She is an ARC Australian Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer at UQ. She is also a researcher in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions(CEED) and National Environmental Research Program (NERP). Yvonne and her lab are researching how to achieve better management decisions for conservation and restoration of biodiversity, more sustainable productive landscapes and amelioration of the impacts of invasive species.
Dr Josie Carwardine
Josie is a joint post-doctoral fellow with CSIRO and the Environmental Decisions Group, University of Queensland supervised by Tara Martin and Hugh Possingham. She is also a researcher in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and National Environmental Research Program (NERP). Josie’s research focuses on incorporating socio-economic data into systematic conservation planning approaches to maximise returns on investments for the protection of biodiversity, prioritising threat management and understanding the implications of carbon farming.
Dr Eve McDonald-Madden
Eve works jointly as a post-doctoral fellow with CSIRO and University of Queensland, supervised by Tara Martin and Hugh Possingham. She is also a researcher in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and National Environmental Research Program (NERP). Eve’s research focuses on integrating optimal monitoring strategies into a decision theory for wildlife management and conservation planning. In particular, she is interested in the use of this framework for evaluating adaptive management in conservation for threatened species management, invasive species control, land acquisition for reservation, zoning of conservation areas and most recently the role of assisted migration as a tool for conserving biodiversity in the face of climate change.
Dr Jean-Baptiste Pichancourt
Jean-Baptiste is a post-doctoral fellow with CSIRO supervised by Tara Martin. JB is interested in understanding the biology of species, their interactions, services and management in rural areas. He combines complex matrix population models with optimisation algorithms to determine the effective management strategies for invasive pest populations. He is also developing predictive models to inform carbon and biodiversity plantings.
Dr Anna Renwick
Anna is a post-doctoral fellow in the Environmental Decisions Group, University of Queensland and is a researcher in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and National Environmental Research Program (NERP), supervised by Hugh Possingham and Tara Martin. Anna’s research focuses on looking at the trade-offs and synergies in ecosystem services and how to maximise both biodiversity and social livelihoods. Her current project focuses on ecosystem services, biodiversity and co-benefits for indigenous people within the carbon farming initiative.
Dr Sam Nicol
Sam is a joint postdoctoral fellow with CSIRO and the Environmental Decisions Group and a researcher in the ARC Centre for Excellence in Environmental Decisions group (CEED). Sam uses mathematical optimization tools (particularly Markov Decision Processes and stochastic dynamic programming) to figure out the best way to manage resources over time to achieve a conservation goal. His current project is looking at how to optimally manage a dynamic network of conservation resources.
Belinda is a Research Support Officer with CSIRO and provides technical support for research in the Ecology Group. Her current activities include invertebrate biodiversity and taxonomy, plant measurements, soil sampling and plant, soil analyses, field-based research of invertebrate pests, soil ecology and research into nematode biology, and database management.
Tyler is a PhD student at the University of Guelph supervised by Ryan Norris and Tara Martin. He is using models, experiments, and field studies to integrate migratory connectivity, population dynamics and optimal conservation strategies for the eastern population of monarch butterflies. Tyler will estimate migratory connectivity using complementary intrinsic and extrinsic markers and using this information, and develop a monarch population model to include effects of multiple generations and specific life history events across the annual cycle. Tyler will then use optimization to determine where conservation resources should be allocated through the entire distribution of the monarch butterfly to maximize population size and persistence.
Richard is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia supervised by Peter Arcese and Tara Martin. He is examining old growth forest restoration and strategic reserve design in the Coastal Douglas Fir Biogeoclimatic zone (CDF) of South-eastern Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. He is building predictive maps of bird species distribution and together with remotely sensed data layers he will input these into spatial optimization software MARXAN to acquire strategic reserve design solutions. He will investigate whether or not the areas that are best for old growth restoration and biodiversity conservation are also the best for carbon sequestration and selling carbon offsets and if implementing a mixture of land acquisition, covenants and carbon offsets increases the total amount of protected area in mostly privately owned landscapes.
Jenny is a PhD student at the University of Queensland supervised by Rod Fensham, Yvonne Buckley and Tara Martin. Jenny is assessing the causes of rarity and threat in the arid zone flora, Western Queensland. This involves surveys across the Channel Country, Mulga Lands and Mitchell Grass Downs, focussing on the Grey Range around Yaraka and Quilpie. Above all, Jenny enjoys wandering around in the desert looking at plants and pondering the myriad mysteries of inland ecology.
Chrystal is a PhD student at the University of Queensland supervised by Jonathan Rhodes and Tara Martin. The aim of Chrystals PhD project is to gain an understanding of the combined effects of climate change, habitat loss and other drivers of land-use change on biodiversity. Using this knowledge she will then develop a decision framework for making robust decisions to conserve freshwater biodiversity in the face of both climate and land-use change. This research will combine decision analysis with quantitative ecological models to identify priority actions to conserve freshwater biodiversity threatened by climate and land-use change in South East Queensland.
Fei is a PhD student at the University of Queensland supervised by Jonathan Rhodes, Hugh Possingham, Michael McCarthy and Tara Martin. Fei is examining questions around optimal monitoring and optimal resource allocation. In particular she’s looking at how we should trade-off allocating resources between monitoring (learning) and taking a conservation action. She is applying these questions to the management of species threatened by climate change and to the conservation of threatened Koala populations.
Abbey started her PhD studies at the University of Queensland in January 2012, and is supervised by Hugh Possingham and Tara Martin. She is interested in addressing some of the current challenges in identifying and protecting critical habitats for threatened and endangered species. In particular, Abbey will examine the different approaches currently used to identify critical habitats, and explore how biological and ecological factors can be incorporated along with socio-economic considerations into a decision framework to aid in more timely and cost-effective critical habitat designations.
Past lab members
Dr Paul Caplat
Paul was a post-doctoral fellow with CSIRO supervised by Yvonne Buckley. Paul develops modelling approaches to understand and help control the spread of invasive trees in New-Zealand and Australia. His current projects are prioritising actions to control the spread of Pinus nigra in New-Zealand mountains, combining mechanistic models of dispersal into spread models of invasive plants and understanding the role of spatial and temporal variability in plant communities. Paul is now at Lund University, Sweden.
Dr Pia Lentini
Pia was a PhD student at Australia National University supervised by Joern Fischer, Phil Gibbons and Tara Martin. She recently joined the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group at the University of Melbourne as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.
Ayesha is a PhD student at the University of Queensland supervised by Kerrie Wilson, Hugh Possingham and Tara Martin. Ayesha’s research focuses on integrating disciplinary perspectives (economic, social, and environmental) to evaluate approaches for prioritising conservation investments in multiple stakeholder landscapes.
Dr Richard Fuller
Rich works with the Environmental Decisions Group, University of Queensland. Rich is also a researcher in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and National Environmental Research Program (NERP). After gaining his PhD from the University of Durham in 2004, he worked at the University of Sheffield as a postdoc in Kevin Gaston’s Biodiversity and Macroecology group. He then moved to Hugh Possingham’s Lab at the University of Queensland in 2008, before forming his own research group at the beginning of 2010. Rich and his students are interested in how people have affected the natural world around them, and how some of their destructive effects can best be reversed. He is also keen to understand whether and how people can benefit positively from experiences of biodiversity.
Dr Iadine Chades
Iadine is a research scientist with CSIRO and holds a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence (AI). She also maintains a permanent research scientist position with the French National Institute of Agronomy (INRA). Iadine develops and applies new methods to optimally manage invasive and endangered species using her expertise from artificial intelligence and ecology.