I’m a senior scientist in ecological modelling at the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, and an honorary senior fellow at the University of Melbourne.
In my research, I aim to engage directly with the environmental management challenges faced by practitioners and agencies. My work is informed by decision science, and I draw broadly from mathematics, statistics and programming to propose workable solutions.
Through my roles at DEECA and the University of Melbourne, I have partnered with government agencies, NGOs and community groups on issues of threatened species conservation, invasive species control and sustainable natural resource management. I love to collaborate – with ecologists and other environmental specialists, with practitioners holding local ecosystem and operational knowledge, with economists, and with fellow mathematicians and statisticians.
Projects I’m currently working on include:
- Integrating expert-elicited predictions and ecological survey data to predict faunal responses to fire, for use in the Fire Analysis Module for Ecological Values (FAME) decision support tool, with Josephine MacHunter, Simon Watson and Nevil Amos
- Modelling the costs of managing the Western Grassland Reserve to support planning within the Melbourne Strategic Assessment Program, with Steve Sinclair, Canran Liu, and Parks Victoria
- Optimal deployment of surveillance effort in hawkweed and willow management programs with Joslin Moore, Emma Bennett, Matt White, Agriculture Victoria, Parks Victoria, and the CMAs of eastern Victoria
- Improved methods for biological control decision-making with Greg Lefoe, Libby Rumpff and Agriculture Victoria