Past lab members 


Helen Mayfield

Coming from an IT background and with an active interest in conservation and environmental science issues, my broad research interests are in how computer science and data modelling techniques can help us solve or better understand environmental problems. My current work achieves this by helping to develop guidelines for using conceptual and quantitative models for setting benchmarks of species response to management.

Agung Wahyudi

I am interested in developing a spatial model to better understand the complex urban land cover processes. I am focusing my research on embedding social and economic aspects of human preferences on the spatial model. Through this model, I am hoping I can evaluate how human influences urban landscape.

My lab investigates how micro-evolutionary changes at the molecular level result in macro-ecological patterns, and how landscape and climatic features affect this. This can involve looking at how urbanisation and deforestation influence gene flow, how a changing climate affects adaptability of species that are expanding their ranges, or how parasites shape the behaviour and evolution of species.

My research investigates how human actions at multiple spatial scales affect biodiversity and ecosystem services. To do this I use a variety of approaches, from modelling to fieldwork to remote sensing. My ultimate goal is to provide information that can inform and improve land management decisions, policies, and actions.

Cross-disciplinary by nature, my work spans ecology, economics and social sciences. My research centers on finding new ways to improve conservation outcomes in multi-use landscapes.  Specifically, I have pioneered research that explores (i) how human and ecological systems interact to influence conservation initiatives, ii) new uses for crowd-sourced and remotely sensed information in conservation, and iii) new spatial and analytical tools for conservation in multi-use landscapes.

My primary research focuses on accounting for uncertainty in monitoring decisions, to enable scarce monitoring funds to be directed to the species and landscapes that will provide the best information for evaluating threatened species management decisions. I am also exploring uncertainty in contexts such as spatial conservation planning and incorporating risk aversion into prioritisation of species recovery projects. I work with non-government conservation organisations and government agencies concerned with managing biodiversity in Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A. and the U.K., to develop frameworks and tools for prioritising investment in the conservation of threatened species and ecosystems.

My research program are in the area of conservation, natural resource management and sustainable landscape. I am interested in both theory and application of landscape analysis. I have a background in Mathematics (BSc from Bandung Institute of Technology), Statistics and Operations Research (MSc from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University), and Natural Resource Management (PhD from The Australian National University).

Dr Kristen Lee

Kristen’s role on the project is to undertake the analysis of the koala and bandicoot genetic data and to develop methods to estimate the impact of landscape change on connectivity using genetics. She finished her PhD on koala conservation genetics last year at UQ. The most important finding from her PhD was that the Koala Coast population is genetically distinct from other koalas in South East Queensland and likely to be an isolated population. This has important management implications, particularly considering the rapid decline of the Koala Coast population.

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Marie Dade

My research focuses on better understanding ecosystem services within developed landscapes. ecosystem services, or the benefits that humans obtain from ecosystems, are often interrelated with a change in the supply of one service often associated with a change in the supply of another service.

Jeff Hanson

I create algorithms to design reserve networks that are resistant to environmental change and utilize environmental surrogates to maximize biodiversity.

Flavia Freire (visiting PhD candidate)

My research is focussed on landscape genetics and landscape ecology. My study site is in the Atlantic Forest in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. This forest is made up of small fragments, scattered trees, hedgerows, riparian forest, and fences. These elements are important for the persistence, or the detriment, of biodiversity within the Atlantic Forest and my research will try to quantify their importance. this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Sean Maxwell

I am a PhD candidate looking at how dynamic human behavior can influence the effectiveness of conservation interventions. I have developed a conservation planning framework for the risks and opportunities associated with human responses to climate change. I have also worked on how changing social and economic factors may drive patterns of forest loss inside protected areas.What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Maria Jose Martinez-Harms

My main research interest is the integration of ecosystem services into conservation and management decision making. The focus of my PhD research is to contribute in making the ecosystem services concept more operational for policy issues applying the theory and principles of structured decision making.

Rebecca Runting

Rebecca’s PhD research is focused on developing and evaluating strategies to manage multiple ecosystem services under uncertain global change scenarios. Her research has developed approaches for applying economic methods (ecosystem service markets and modern portfolio theory) to protect coastal ecosystem services under sea level rise. She has also undertaken a review of how climate change and other drivers have been incorporated into ecosystem service assessments and decisions. Rebecca’s current work explores strategies to manage trade-offs between livestock production and greenhouse gas regulation under global change in Australia’s rangelands..

Naomi Evans

My project involved a review of human-wildlife conflict and conservation problems around the globe, the strategies which have been applied, and which have (or have not) been successful.  Modelling methods present a range of powerful tools for the analysis of complex systems such as this, thus a range of modelling approaches will be discussed, with at least one being applied to a specific case study: the dingoes of Fraser Island.

Payal Bal

My PhD will develop a framework for indicator selection that explicitly links the indicator to the management objective, the expected improvement in management performance and the cost of monitoring. Such an approach can help us choose cost-effective indicators so that we get maximum management benefit for every dollar spent on monitoring. I will also test analytical methods (such as value of information and monitoring PPP) that can be used within the framework to find optimal indicators given a management objective.

Sherri Tanner-McAllister

My research is looking at how climate change will affect protected area management and how we should adapt protected area management for climate change. The aim of my research is to develop and apply a method to assist protected area managers in understanding how their protected areas will respond to future climate change, how they can make informed decisions, and devise possible management strategies. My study area includes the World Heritage listed protected areas, Gondwana Rainforests of Australia on the Scenic Rim in South East Queensland, primarily Springbrook, Lamington, Mount Barney and Main Range National Parks.

Xyomara Carretero-Pinzon

My main research interest is in habitat loss and fragmentation effects on primates species and communities in the Neotropics. How habitat loss and fragmentation affects primates populations and the management tools that from conservation planning, we can incorporate to improve the conservation status and survivorship of this charismatic animals. My PhD research focus on the habitat loss and fragmentation as landscape processes, which constitutes the main threats to primates species.

Fei Ng

Her supervisors are Hugh Possingham, Michael A. McCarthy, Tara G. Martin and Jonahan R. Rhodes. Her research interest boils down to allocating resources optimally among different conservation actions. This may include optimal monitoring where one allocates resources optimally between monitoring and a management action or allocating resources to manage multiple threats. To solve this type of resource allocation problems, she uses a range of optimisation techniques, including Monte Carlo simulation, using calculus and probability to find analytical solutions, Bayesian updating, Info Gap, nonlinear programming and stochastic dynamic programming.​

Jude Keyse

Her project involved mapping within-species biodiversity. Her thesis was titled Patterns and predictors of genetic diversity on Indo-Pacific reefs. Riginos Lab, University of Queensland.

Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle

Chrystal achieved a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Marine Biology from James Cook University in Australia. Later she received a PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of Queensland in Australia on the topic of decision making for conserving biodiversity in the face of climate change and land-use change.

Nicole Davies

Nicole project involved analysing koalas response to climate change scenarios.

Lorenzo Cattarino

I am a quantitative ecologist with broad interests in research topics that are spatially explicit or have a clear spatial component. I was trained in Australia in the fields of landscape ecology, conservation biology and optimal environmental decision-making. I currently work on global-scale modelling of (vector-borne) human infectious diseases. I am particularly interested in addressing research questions at the interface of ecology, public health and conservation. ​

Andrew Smith

I conduct research in Landscape Ecology for Professor Clive McAlpine. My current duties are: conducting statistical analysis; writing and editing research papers; writing reports; proofreading research papers; and writing research proposals. I also carry out a number of administration duties including as organising workshops; and organising travel for Clive and his associates.

Jeremy Bourgoin

Jeremy Bourgoin thesis was titled Negotiating sustainable landscape management in Lao PDR . He now works for CIRAD​.

Christine Hosking

Christine’s main research interests have involved using a range of systematic conservation planning tools to model the predicted distribution of terrestrial species under future climate change and identify ‘climate change refugia’, using koalas and their food trees as case study species.​

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Honours & Masters STUDENTS

Travis Ittensohn, Honours

I am a honours student working with A/Prof Jonathan Rhodes on conservation planning for threatened species in urban areas.

Joanna Horsfall, Masters

Joanna is a student of the Master of Conservation Science program at The University of Queensland. Her research aims are firstly to develop a decision support framework for prioritising actions to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions, spatially and for multiple species, that maximise conservation return on investment, and secondly to demonstrate the application of this framework in Redland City in South East Queensland in partnership with Redland City Council.