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.**
- conservation science
- decision science and optimisation
- ecological modelling
- population dynamics
- quantitative ecology
- spatial modelling
- species distribution modelling
- Applied Statistics
- Conservation and Biodiversity
- Decision Making
- Decision Theory
- Ecological Applications
- Population Ecology
- Wildlife and Habitat Management
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- Garnett, S. T., Butchart, S. H. M., Baker, G. B., Bayraktarov, E., Buchanan, K. L., Burbidge, A. A., … Geyle, H. M. (2018). Metrics of progress in the understanding and management of threats to Australian birds. Conservation Biology, 1–13.
- Jantke, K., Jones, K. R., Allan, J. R., Chauvenet, A., Watson, J. E. M., & Possingham, H. P. (2018). Poor ecological representation by an expensive reserve system: Evaluating 35 years of marine protected area expansion. Conservation Letters, e12584–1–e12584–8.
- Jones, C. G., Cole, N. C., Canessa, S., Chauvenet, A., Fogell, D. J., & Ewen, J. G. (2018). Conserving island species: journey to recovery. In Species Conservation: Lessons from Islands (pp. 255–290).
- Bonebrake, T. C., Brown, C., Bell, J. D., Blanchard, J. L., Chauvenet, A., Champion, C., … al., et. (2017). Managing consequences of climate-driven species redistribution requires integration of ecology, conservation and social science. Biological Reviews, 1–22.
- Chauvenet, A., Gill, R. M. A., Smith, G. C., Ward, A. I., & Massei, G. (2017). Quantifying the bias in density estimated from distance sampling and camera trapping of unmarked individuals. Ecological Modelling, 350, 79–86.
- Chauvenet, A., Kuempel, C., McGowan, J., Beger, M., & Possingham, H. P. (2017). Methods for calculating Protection Equality for conservation planning. PLoS One, 12(2), e0171591–1–e0171591–17.
- Croft, S., Chauvenet, A., & Smith, G. C. (2017). A systematic approach to estimate the distribution and total abundance of British mammals. PLoS One, 12(6), e0176339–1–e0176339–21.
- Holden, M. H., Butt, N., Chauvenet, A., Plein, M., Stringer, M., & Chades, I. (2017). Academic conferences urgently need environmental policies. Nature ecology & evolution, 1, 1211–1212.
- Chauvenet, A., Canessa, S., & Ewen, J. G. (2016). Setting objectives and defining the success of reintroductions. In Reintroduction of fish and wildlife populations (pp. 105–122).
- Fonzo, M. M. I. D., Collen, B., Chauvenet, A., & Mace, G. M. (2016). Patterns of mammalian population decline inform conservation action. Journal of Applied Ecology, 53(4), 1046–1054.
- Kuempel, C., Chauvenet, A., & Possingham, H. P. (2016). Equitable Representation of Ecoregions is Slowly Improving Despite Strategic Planning Shortfalls. Conservation Letters, 9(6), 422–428.
- Chauvenet, A., Parlato, E., Gedir, J. V., & Armstrong, D. P. (2015). Advances in modelling projections for reintroduced populations. In Advances in Reintroduction Biology of Australian and New Zealand Fauna (pp. 91–104).
- Correia, D. L. P., Chauvenet, A., Rowcliffe, J. M., & Ewen, J. G. (2015). Targeted management buffers negative impacts of climate change on the hihi, a threatened New Zealand passerine. Biological Conservation, 192, 145–153.
- Duncan, C., Chauvenet, A., Brown, M. E., & Pettorelli, N. (2015). Energy availability, spatio‐temporal variability and implications for animal ecology. Diversity and Distributions, 21(3), 290–301.
- Roy, S. S., Chauvenet, A., & Robertson, P. A. (2015). Removal of American mink (Neovison vison) from the Uists, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Biological Invasions, 17(10), 2811–2820.
- Seddon, P. J., Moro, D., Mitchell, N. J., Chauvenet, A., & Mawson, P. R. (2015). Proactive conservation or planned invasion? Past, current and future use of assisted colonisation. In Advances in Reintroduction Biology of Australian and New Zealand Fauna (pp. 105–126).
- Chauvenet, A., Hutson, A. M., Smith, G. C., & Aegerter, J. N. (2014). Demographic variation in the U.K. serotine bat: filling gaps in knowledge for management. Ecology and Evolution, 4(19), 3820–3829.
- Scott, D. M., Berg, M. J., Tolhurst, B. A., Chauvenet, A., Smith, G. C., Neaves, K., … Baker, P. J. (2014). Changes in the Distribution of Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in Urban Areas in Great Britain: Findings and Limitations of a Media-Driven Nationwide Survey. PLoS One, 9(6), e99059–1–e99059–11.
- Chauvenet, A., Ewen, J. G., Armstrong, D. P., & Pettorelli, N. (2013). Saving the hihi under climate change: a case for assisted colonization. Journal of Applied Ecology, 50(6), 1330–1340.
- Walker, L. K., Armstrong, D. P., Brekke, P., Chauvenet, A., Kilner, R. M., & Ewen, J. G. (2013). Giving hihi a helping hand: assessment of alternative rearing diets in food supplemented populations of an endangered bird. Animal Conservation, 16(5), 538–545.
PlenaryOverview of challenges and opportunities for future conservation translocations, 2nd International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference, 2018,
RadioInterview about The Conversation article: Zoos aren’t Victorian-era throwbacks: they’re important in saving species, Radio Adelaide, 2017,
RadioInterview about The Conversation article: Zoos aren’t Victorian-era throwbacks: they’re important in saving species, 2SER, 2017,
WorkshopTheo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank, Australian Academy of Science, 2016,
CollaborationWorking group on biodiversity metrics, SESYNC, 2016,
PresentationDeveloping general rules to address complex conservation problems using simple dichotomies, IUCN World Conservation Congress, 2016,
PresentationEasy and efficient solution to ecoregion priority for meeting the CBD Aichi Target 11, Ecological Society of Australia, 2016,
PresentationClimate change, hihi and an argument for assisted colonisation of the south, 20-year anniversary symposium for the hihi recovery, 2015,
PresentationConservation Landscapes: Optimising land use management and protection, UCN World Park Congress, 2014,
Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
Project (3101ENV)Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 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.
Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
Spatial Modelling (3418ENV)Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
Spatial Modelling (3418ENV)Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
Apply for a PhD or research degree at Griffith**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”. 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.
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
Ecological Modeller, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), UK 2012 - 2014
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland 2014 - 2018
RSPB Conservation Science Award for an outstanding PhD, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds - 2013
QLD Tall Poppy Science Award., AIPS - 2016
Associate Eitor, Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation 2014 -
SCB member, Society for Conservation Biology -
ESA member, Ecological Society of Australia -