1526 Cape Cleveland Road Cape Cleveland 4810, Queensland, Australia
My research deals with the intersection of technical and social dimensions of marine science and marine management. I am especially interested in developing techniques that better address societal values, risk and uncertainty, and frailties in expert opinion. Recent applications include integrated monitoring, resource allocation and strategic response to Crown-of-Thorns Starfish.
The primary motivation for my work is impact on policy and management. In collaboration with Parks Australia, I have developed protocols for efficient and effective allocation of finite conservation resources, and made these protocols operational through direct involvement of parks personnel. I have lead adoption of techniques in structured decision-making and risk assessment in a range of settings within the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and the Department of Agriculture, as well as numerous state-based agencies. These settings have included strategic assessments, allocation of monitoring and management resources on the Great Barrier Reef, compliance and enforcement monitoring, biosecurity and the prioritisation of actions for threatened species and communities.
Membership of key national committees
Member, National Environmental Science Programme Marine Biodiversity Hub Research Leaders Team
Australia’s Environment Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, joined University of Tasmania scientists and volunteer divers on a Reef Life Survey at Tinderbox Marine Reserve south of Hobart today.
After the dive, the Minister joined UTAS Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen, at Hobart’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies to launch the Marine Biodiversity Hub, one of six hubs funded under the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP).
The NESP is a six-...
Wednesday 10 December 2014
The Australian Government has announced the successful organisations to lead research hubs under the $142.5 million National Environmental Science Programme (NESP). The programme will assist decision-makers to understand, manage and conserve Australia's environment by funding world-class biodiversity and climate science. This research will ensure decisions about managing Australia's biodiversity and environmental resources are made on the best available...