CURRENT lab members

Associate Professor Jonathan Rhodes is based in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science at The University of Queensland (UQ). He received his PhD in Ecology in 2005 and has been at UQ since 2007, after two years at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Hobart before that. His primary research interests lie in understanding the spatial processes that drive biodiversity and ecosystem services, and developing fundamental principles for decision-making in conservation.

Deqiang Ma, PhD candidate

My PhD research focuses on 1) methods to design ecosystem services offsets, 2) impacts of accounting for the supply of ecosystem services on the spatial location of biodiversity offsetting solutions, and 3) impacts of accounting for social equity in access to ecosystem services on the spatial location of biodiversity offsetting solutions. I am a PhD student in interested in  how including ecosystem services considerations might change biodiversity offsetting policies in coastal environments. My PhD focuses on issues following that, 1) how to design ecosystem services offsets, 2) how does accounting for the supply of ecosystem services change the spatial location of biodiversity offsetting solutions, and 3) how does accounting for social equity in access to ecosystem services change the spatial location of biodiversity offsetting solutions.

deqiang.ma@uq.edu.au

My research interests are transdisciplinary, with a particular focus on the overarching effects of anthropogenic actions on ecological interactions and ecosystem function. Some of my previous projects have centred around wildlife and rangeland management, animal behaviour, ecohydrology, and water quality, and my field experience spans across seven countries throughout North America, Europe, and Africa. For my PhD research, I utilised a range of interdisciplinary approaches amalgamating the biophysical, economic, demographic, and cultural dimensions of deforestation in order to quantify the impacts of conservation policy and investigate how deforestation trends may be influenced by economic indicators, psychosocial behaviours, and political regime changes. My current projects propel these techniques and conservation lessons forward, examining how we can create behaviour change interventions that generate social and environmental co-benefits, and how interactions and engagement with environmental data can enhance the salience of important environmental messages for the public.

b.simmons@uq.edu.au

Alannah Filer, PhD candidate

My PhD research focuses on using and advancing spatial and acoustic techniques to visualise and describe the competitive relationship between the vulnerable ‘acid frogs’ of eastern Australia and their sibling species.What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

alannah.filer@uq.net.au

Brendan Dillon, PhD Candidate

My PhD research focuses on i) the way that species biological traits mediate the response of mammal populations to hunting pressure and habitat loss and ii) trade-offs in the cost effectiveness of managing each of these threats and iii) integrating these insights into spatial conservation planning.

brendan.dillon@uq.net.au

Carla Archibald, PhD Candidate

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 (primarily big data. 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 conservation impact on private lands.

c.archibald@uq.edu.au

I am particularly interested in using the knowledge on ecological functioning in conservation and environmental management planning.  I have worked on habitat characterizations and wildlife inventories in various regions of my home country, Colombia.

a.suarezcastro@uq.edu.au

Jaramar Villarreal Rosas, PhD Candidate

My research uses the ecosystem services concept and the Social-Ecological Systems framework to explore how spatial information on the different values that people have for the ecosystems can be used to make better decisions when planning for conservation.

j.villarrealrosas@uq.edu.au

Matthew McKinney, PhD Candidate

My PhD is focusing on modelling invasive species establishment as well as species interactions using Bayesian methods. I using these models to inform prioritization of management actions on islands. I love bluegrass music and play’s the Dobro guitar in my spare time.

matthewryanmckinney@gmail.com

Michelle Ward, PhD Candidate

My research broadly focuses on applied conservation research that is linked directly to on the ground actions. More specifically, I am interested in efficient reserve design, landscape management, planning and managing dynamic threats, cost-effective conservation actions, ecosystem service management and conserving threatened species under climatic change. ​

m.ward@uq.edu.au

Rachel Friedman, PhD Candidate

My research interests broadly centre on the connections between biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being within production (agricultural and forestry) landscapes, and the process and outcomes of land management decisions. Cultural, socio-economic, and political factors (and not solely ecological and physical conditions) are critical drivers of land use, but often only a subset are considered in developing policies or management strategies. Ultimately, for any of the gains in terms of conservation there are also losers, often among those who have little say in the process or are on the margins of society.

r.friedman@uq.edu.au

Shantala Brisbane, Research Assistant

Shantala is a Research Assistant for the Rhodes lab. She has a BSc (Hons) in marine biology and ecology. After working in environmental consulting for a number of years she has more recently worked in research coordination / management and research assistant roles (including marine and coastal restoration, coastal wetland dieback, and research infrastructure requirements in ecosystem science). She is particularly interested in marine and coastal conservation. 

s.brisbane@uq.edu.au

Tatiana Proboste, PhD Candidate

I am interested in exploring and developing tools to investigate the role of wildlife in disease transmission in urbanized environments. My project will focus mostly on using molecular methods (Barcoding and NGS) and distribution predictive model to improve our understanding of paralysis tick across a changing landscape.

t.proboste@uq.net.au

Victoria Reynolds, PhD Candidate

With my PhD project I’m interested in exploring the pollination dynamics found and shared between agricultural and native vegetation. I’ll be investigating what landscape factors and cultivation practices influence the provisioning of wild pollination services provided to various crops grown around the world.

v.reynolds@uq.edu.au

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