What is CEED? Go to our website and you’ll read it’s a ‘partnership’ and a ‘world-leading research centre’ (for solving environmental management problems and for evaluating the outcomes of environmental actions). Of course, that’s true but it says little about the people that make up CEED. At its heart, CEED is a network of people committed to undertaking excellent science that contributes to better conservation outcomes. This network is spread across Australia (and overseas) and while it’s easy to figure out who are the network leaders and which institutions host the various bits of the group, it’s harder to see the human faces, and what motivates them, behind the day-to-day research effort. In an effort to make these people more visible we’re starting up a regular column in Decision Point providing brief intros to some of our people. Not only are they the doer’s who create CEED’s many ‘outputs’ and ‘outcomes’, in the longer run they are the real legacy of CEED’s existence. Long after CEED is dead and buried these people will continue to generate quality science aimed at saving species, ecosystems and better environmental decision making.
The Tulloch twins
Ayesha and Vivitskaia Tulloch are (identical) twin sisters and conservation ecologists who both did PhDs at the CEED’s University-of-Queensland node (with Viv currently in the process of finishing hers).
Ayesha is based at CEED’s ANU node where she is conducting research into evaluating threats to Australian animal and plant communities, and finding the best way to track changes in these communities caused by global change and other threatening processes. Viv is focusing on managing indirect threats to different marine ecosystems, such as coastal habitats threatened by land development, and migratory species threatened by climate-induced changes to their food and environment.
The Tulloch Twins have been a force in CEED being keen participants in a range of conservation activities including running Marxan courses in Spain and playing a championing role in Eremaea eBird. Read their latest story
Hannah is just finishing off her PhD at the University of Melbourne. Unfortunately, rather than studying birds in pristine woodlands, Hannah’s field work has involved studying woodland-bird researchers over the internet and in workshops. However, in terms of adrenalin and exhilaration, this has proven even better than seeing a king brown snake after watching the dawn chorus. The lows sometimes experienced over ‘differences of opinion’ (sometimes verging on outright antagonism) are completely outweighed by the amazing perspectives and support these fantastic researchers have given her. Using the understanding gained from her work, Hannah is now working with a suit of these woodland-bird researchers to obtain national protection for the woodland bird ecological community under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. Read her latest story
Matthew is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Queensland. He’s interested in understanding how human activities alter landscape structure and biodiversity, and the benefits, or ecosystem services, that we obtain from the environment. His current research is focused on the urban and peri-urban areas of Brisbane, Queensland, but he has previously completed research in agricultural, alpine, forest, and grassland ecosystems. He completed his PhD in 2014 at McGill University where he studied the corn-soybean dominated agricultural landscapes of Quebec, Canada. Read his latest story
Nancy is interested in facilitating biodiversity conservation in a changing world. She recently earned a PhD for her research into spatially explicit cost-effective threat management for threatened species, and has since been involved in field projects for northern quolls in the Pilbara, reptiles and mammals in the Simpson Desert, and the Bali starling in Indonesia. She enjoys birding and contributing to eBird. She is also very excited about a 2016 Antarctica expedition aimed at strengthening women’s leadership in science and addressing climate change issues. (The project is called Homeward Bound and another CEED researcher, Justine Shaw, is helping to coordinate the science program during the expedition.) Read her latest story.
Maria is a PhD candidate working under Kerrie Wilson’s supervision. She studies the science-policy interface for ecosystem services and biodiversity to inform management decisions applying the theory and principles of structured decision making. Maria is interested in the development of methods to synthesize ecosystem services research to provide evidence that can be used in policy design and implementation. Maria has also worked modeling and mapping ecosystem services under global change scenarios from local to regional scales in Latin America. Read her latest story