Dr Tara Martin is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO and founder of The Conservation Decisions Lab. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia and University of Queensland.
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.