TM_Birding Dr Tara Martin is a 2017 Wilburforce Fellow. Prior to this she was a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO where she founded the Conservation Decisions Team and worked for 18 years. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia and School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia.

“Our motivation is to solve pressing global conservation problems. We do this by connecting ecological data with decision science to determine what actions to take, when and where to get the best outcomes for biodiversity conservation, while taking into account the many other competing needs of society.

We’re a multi-disciplinary group with expertise in ecology, systematic conservation planning, Bayesian statistics, applied mathematics, artificial intelligence, and decision theory. We work closely with the University of Queensland’s Environmental Decisions Group with many of us holding adjunct or joint appointments.  We are members of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions and National Environment Research Program’s Research Hub for Environmental Decisions.

We’re pioneering techniques in optimal conservation resource allocation, cost-effectiveness analysis, Bayesian modelling, expert elicitation and active adaptive management. We apply our expertise to diverse conservation problems to inform the recovery of endangered species, management of invasive species, design of conservation reserves, and the prioritization of threat management to conserve biodiversity in a rapidly changing world.”