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TM_Birding Dr Tara Martin is a Professor in Conservation Decision Science within the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, at the University of British Columbia. She is also a Professor in Practice with The Nature Conservancy and a Wilburforce Fellow. She is also an Adjunct Professor the School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia. Prior to this she was a Principal Research Scientist with Australia’s National Science Agency, CSIRO where she founded the Conservation Decisions Team.

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 applied ecology, systematic conservation planning, Bayesian statistics, applied mathematics, computer science, social-ecological systems, economics and decision theory. 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 protected areas, and the prioritization of threat management to conserve biodiversity in a rapidly changing world.