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Biography

I am a conservation biologist focused on (i) evaluating the effectiveness of conservation actions, (ii) monitoring ecosystem trends and (iii) understanding risks to ecosystems to inform environmental policy and management. I am based at both Monash University and Deakin University. At Deakin, I am currently leading the project to conduct IUCN Red List of Ecosystems assessments for Australian alpine ecosystems and exploring how to effectively incorporate the impacts of climate change in ecosystem risk assessments. At Monash, I am assisting in the development of a Green Status for ecosystems to monitor conservation successes and developing rapid evidence review methods to evaluate the effectiveness of management actions to inform the conservation of threatened ecosystems.

In 2020, I completed my PhD at Deakin University supervised by Prof. Emily Nicholson and Dr. Lucie Bland, in the Conservation Science Lab. My thesis explored how change in ecosystems is measured from local-scale ecosystem studies through to global-level biodiversity monitoring. I developed biodiversity indicators to improve our understanding of the status of ecosystems and to support ecosystem conservation and management worldwide. These ecosystem indicators capture changes in risk to ecosystems and the spatial distribution and health of ecosystems and are being considered as global policy indicators for the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

My master's research at the University of Melbourne aimed to increase our understanding of the thermal properties of nest-boxes compared to tree-hollows to improve conservation-management efforts for our native wildlife under a rapidly changing climate.

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Conservation Biology, Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University

20162020

Award Date: 7 Oct 2020

Ecology, Master of Science, University of Melbourne

20142015

Award Date: 11 Dec 2015

Zoology, Bachelor of Science (Zoology), University of Melbourne

20112013

Award Date: 11 Oct 2013

External positions

Research Fellow, Deakin University

2020 → …

Research area keywords

  • Conservation
  • Biology
  • restoration
  • Ecosystems
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Risk Assessment

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