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Project 5.2 Monitoring for adaptive management Projects

Researchers: Dr Brendan Wintle, UM & Dr Tara Martin, CSIRO/UQ (Leaders), Cindy Hauser, Micheal McCarthy, Eve McDonald-Madden, Sam Nichol, Hugh Possingham, Peter Vesk, Ayesha Tulloch 
How should monitoring programs be designed to best support learning in adaptive management? 

Dr Cindy Hauser

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I aim to develop rational, repeatable and transparent approaches to environmental management that account for uncertainty, incomplete knowledge and scarce data. I’m particularly interested in optimal monitoring (applying cost-benefit analysis to investment in monitoring), adaptive management (strategic management for gaining knowledge and data) and robustness (ensuring acceptable outcomes in the face of uncertainty).

Projects I’m currently working on include:

  • Adaptive management of malleefowl with José Lahoz-Monfort, Michael Bode, Brendan Wintle, Read More...

    PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
    Member of project(s)5.2
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Dr José J Lahoz-Monfort

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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Member of project(s)5.2
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Dr Tara Martin

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PositionResearcher
Member of project(s)1.41.4a3.13.23.3a3.63.75.25.6
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Assoc. Professor Michael McCarthy

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PositionResearcher & Node Leader
Member of project(s)1.11.23.24.14.24.35.2
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Dr Eve McDonald-Madden

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My research revolves around decision theory and decision science. While I am interested in all forms of environmental decision-making my recent work falls into two key areas – monitoring and adaptive management and the management of multiple interacting species (see below for more details). As a NERP researcher I am keen on infusing a structured and explicit approach to decision-making into environmental problems. NERP colleagues and I run workshops on structured decision-making, and I also facilitate the decision process for individual problems within SEWPAC. Email me to discuss getting assistance with a particular decisions problem, or you are interested in my work on monitoring, adaptive management or the management of multiple species and threats.

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PositionARC Post Doctoral Fellow
Member of project(s)1.32.12.43.75.2
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Dr Sam Nicol

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Sam is broadly interested in how we make decisions to allocate resources to conservation projects. He uses mathematical optimization tools to figure out the best way to manage resources over time to achieve a conservation goal. Sam uses solution techniques drawn from operations research and artificial intelligence to solve these problems. Within the NERP hub, Sam’s postdoc fits into two projects: building lasting biodiversity assets, and monitoring for adaptive management. The postdoc is focussed on the adaptive management of dynamic networks. This means he is developing new methods to apply cutting-edge optimization tools to manage ecological networks that change over time. His current project is to determine how to manage migratory birds using the East Asia-Australasia flyway under uncertainty about the extent of fut ...
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PositionPost Doctoral Research Fellow
AffiliationCSIRO
Member of project(s)3.25.25.8
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Professor Hugh Possingham

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PositionDirector
Member of project(s)1.31.41.51.61.7b3.13.23.3a3.3b4.24.34.3a4.55.25.6
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Dr Peter Vesk

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Member of project(s)3.13.55.2
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Dr Brendan Wintle

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Wintle is Associate Professor of Conservation Ecology and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Deputy Director of the National Environment Research Program Hub Environmental Decisions, and theme leader in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Environmental Decisions.
He specializes in uncertainty and environmental decision making and publishes on technical and policy issues around conservation and natural resource management, including optimal conservation investment, optimal monitoring and adaptive management, systematic conservation planning, population viability analysis, habitat modelling and mapping, and decision theory.
Wintle works at the interface between policy and science, serving on the Forest Stewardship Council and Australian Forestry Standard reference committees, the Australian Govern ...
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PositionResearcher & Deputy Director
Member of project(s)1.22.43.64.14.24.34.44.4b5.25.6
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