Carla Archibald

My is name Carla Archibald and I am a PhD student from the School of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Queensland. My main research interests fall into three buckets, 1) understanding policy or intervention adoption, 2) the importance of private land conservation (at this stage conservation covenants), and 3) conservation technology (anything to do with media and the internet, primarily big data and the novel methods that are associated with it). The ultimate research projects in my eyes, that I get super nerdy about, are when I get to incorporate multiple of these spheres.


My PhD focuses on issues around private land conservation particularly 1) why are they used 2) how effective are they, and 3) who engages in these policies. All to understand how can we increase policy engagement in the future, and create the greatest additional conservation impact on private lands. I am supervised by Associate Professor Jonathan Rhodes and Dr Morena Mills, senior lecturer in conservation science at the Imperial College of London, and Associate Professor James Fitzsimons, The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Conservation for Australia. I thoroughly enjoy learning about why some conservation interventions are successful, and others are not, and how interventions spread through communities. I am involved in a broader movement led by and Dr Morena Mills called “When Conservation Goes Viral” working on various aspects of the conservation intervention adoption process.



  • BAppSc Wildlife Science – The University of Queensland

  • BSci (Hons 1) Ecology –The University of Queensland


 Carla Archibald 


Law,  E.A., Bennett, N.J., Ives, C.D., Friedman, R., Davis, K.J., Archibald, C, Wilson, K.A., 2017. Equity trade-offs in conservation decision making, Conservation Biology


Archibald, C., McKinney, M., Mustin, K., Shanahan, D., Possingham, HP., 2017. Assessing the impact of revegetation and weed control on urban sensitive bird species, Ecology & Evolution

Mills, M., Mutafoglu, K., Adams, VM., Archibald, C., Bell, J., Leon, JX., 2016. Perceived and projected flood risk and adaptation in coastal Southeast Queensland, Australia. Climatic Change.

Barnes, M., Woodley, S., Craigie, I., Geldmann, J., Archibald, C., Harrison, L., Whitmee, S. 2015. Trends in Species Populations in GEF Supported Protected Areas. Technical Report for the Global Environmental Facility.