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Dr Ayesha Tulloch

Ayesha is a conservation biologist interested in monitoring and management of threats to biodiversity. She integrates disciplinary perspectives (economic, social, political and environmental) to evaluate approaches for prioritising conservation investments in multiple stakeholder landscapes. Ayesha has a particular interest in invasive and mobile predators, network theory, return on investment, migratory species and bird ecology.

Ayesha is currently working on tools and approaches for prioritising investment in management and monitoring of multiple species and threats, with a focus on applying decision-making software for systematic conservation planning and cost-effectiveness analysis to choose between actions for species recovery, and incorporating uncertainty in management outcomes and risk aversion into recovery planning for threatened species. She also works on transboundary conservation issues such as collaboration and leakage, large-scale species movements and international policy, and is interested in the use of decision theory to address human-resource conflict where there are many different actors and values.

Ayesha is working on a number of these projects with CEED Researchers: Prof Hugh Possingham, Dr Eve McDonald-MaddenDr Tara Martin and Assoc Prof Brendan Wintle, and Prof Salit Kark (Hebrew University, Israel)

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Ayesha's research focuses on prioritising management and monitoring of threatened species such as the koala. Ayesha previously assisted with radio-tracking of lions in South Africa, a species that requires management interventions for disease and human-wildlife conflict.

An olive python at the Rainforest Habitat where Ayesha worked as an environmental educator.

kangaroo paw flower from the biodiversity hotspot of south-western Australia, where Ayesha focused her PhD research. Ayesha's PhD research demonstrated more cost-effective ways to monitor critical weight range mammals such as the threatened dibbler to demonstrate that invasive predator management has been effective at restoring populations.

One area that is particularly important for threatened species management in south-western Australia is Two Peoples Bay, where species such as the endangered ground parrot have remnant populations. Ayesha is a passionate birdwatcher, and much of her PhD research focused on ways to improve monitoring of threatened birds such as these Carnaby's cockatoos.

Ayesha now collaborates with international researchers to review ways to incorporate collaboration into conservation planning, which is particularly important for large-ranging predators such as the grizzly bear - Ayesha assisted research in Canada and Finland on these and other species in conflict with humans.

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Post Doctoral Research Fellow
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