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Overview

Current Work

My research aims to help protect species from extinction by designing tools to help managers make the best decision for species and ecosystems, in Australia and around the world. I use a combination of ecology, mathematics and computer simulations to weigh the costs and benefits of different conservation actions and make recommendations. For example, I am interested in nature reserves, such as national parks, as a conservation tool. I ask: are we protecting the right habitats? How much more area should we protect? Where should we create a national park next? I work to answer these questions and more, under the knowledge that funding for conservation is limited and with the ultimate aim of protecting as much biodiversity as possible.

**I have several student projects available for start in Trimester 1 and 2 2019. Please contact me if interested in working on applied conservation issues related to Australian birds and reptiles, Protected Areas, making better decisions for conservation.**
 

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Expertise Keywords

  • conservation science
  • decision science and optimisation
  • ecological modelling
  • population dynamics
  • quantitative ecology
  • spatial modelling
  • species distribution modelling

Subject Area Codes

  • Applied Statistics
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Decision Making
  • Decision Theory
  • Ecological Applications
  • Ecology
  • Population Ecology
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management

Country Affiliations

  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 20 (Other: 20)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Invitations

  • Plenary
    Overview of challenges and opportunities for future conservation translocations,   2nd International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference,   2018,  
  • Radio
    Interview about The Conversation article: Zoos aren’t Victorian-era throwbacks: they’re important in saving species,   Radio Adelaide,   2017,  
  • Radio
    Interview about The Conversation article: Zoos aren’t Victorian-era throwbacks: they’re important in saving species,   2SER,   2017,  
  • Workshop
    Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank,   Australian Academy of Science,   2016,  
  • Collaboration
    Working group on biodiversity metrics,   SESYNC,   2016,  
  • Presentation
    Developing general rules to address complex conservation problems using simple dichotomies,   IUCN World Conservation Congress,   2016,  
  • Presentation
    Easy and efficient solution to ecoregion priority for meeting the CBD Aichi Target 11,   Ecological Society of Australia,   2016,  
  • Presentation
    Climate change, hihi and an argument for assisted colonisation of the south,   20-year anniversary symposium for the hihi recovery,   2015,  
  • Presentation
    Conservation Landscapes: Optimising land use management and protection,   UCN World Park Congress,   2014,  

Learning and Teaching

Current and Past Courses

  • Emerging Topics Conservation (3308ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Project (3101ENV)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Emerging Topics Conservation (3308ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Emerging Topics Conservation (3308ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Spatial Modelling (3418ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Spatial Modelling (3418ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Conservation Biology (3606ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Conservation Biology (3606ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Emerging Topics Conservation (3308ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Emerging Topics Conservation (3308ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Spatial Modelling (3418ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Spatial Modelling (3418ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Emerging Topics Conservation (3308ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Spatial Modelling (3418ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Emerging Topics Conservation (3308ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Spatial Modelling (3418ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Supervision Overview

**I have several student projects available for start in Trimester 1 and 2 2019. Please contact me if interested in working on applied conservation issues related to Australian birds and reptiles, Protected Areas, making better decisions for conservation.**


Past students:
1. Caitie Kuempel, PhD, University of Queensland (20% supervision), “Increasing protected area effectiveness: trends and dichotomies in habitat conservation”. Submitted 06/2018.
2. Dylan Jones, MSc 2016, University of Queensland (30% supervision), “Where the wild things are: a framework for supporting in situ and ex situ plant conservation”.
3. Ben Schulz, Honours 2015, University of Queensland (30% supervision)
“Optimal budget-constrained land allocation in biodiversity conservation”. Completed 11/2015.
4. David Correia, MSc. 2013, Imperial College London (50% supervision).
“Can management mitigate the impact of climate change on the viability of the hihi?”
5. Alistair Baxter, MSc. 2012, Imperial College London (30% supervision)
“Economics in supplementary feeding: Matching supply and demand on Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand”.

Background

Bio

Originally from France, I did a BSc (Hons) in Ecology at the University of Queensland, followed by an MSc in Conservation Science and PhD in Ecology at Imperial College London, in the UK. After completing my PhD in 2012, I worked for the British government as an ecological modeller. In 2014, I returned to Australia to do a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Queensland. I moved to Griffith University as a new lecturer in June 2018.  

Education and Training

  • BScHons Bachelor Of Science With Honours, University of Queensland - 2007
  • MSc Master of Science, Imperial College London 2008 - 2009
  • PhD Doctor of Philosophy, Imperial College London 2009 - 2012

Academic experience

  • Ecological Modeller, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), UK 2012 - 2014
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland 2014 - 2018

Awards and Honours

  • RSPB Conservation Science Award for an outstanding PhD, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds - 2013
  • QLD Tall Poppy Science Award., AIPS - 2016

Editorial roles

  • Associate Eitor, Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation 2014 -

Professional memberships

  • SCB member, Society for Conservation Biology -
  • ESA member, Ecological Society of Australia -