One of legacies of CEED is the network of people it brings together. Here are a few of the faces of that network, the people behind the stories in this issue of Decision Point.
Elisa Bayraktarov & Megan Saunders
Elisa’s research interests are in the effects of global and local threats on endangered ecosystems and species in a changing future. Her current research at the University of Queensland (and involving several CEED scientists) focuses on the feasibility of different forms of coastal marine restoration (see the story on page 4) and the establishment of tracking indices for threatened species. The paper on restoration was co-authored with Megan Saunders, also based at UQ.
Megan’s research examines how environmental variability affects marine organisms and ecosystems. Her current research aims to understand how coastal habitat restoration affects marine species. (And see Megan’s story on sea level rise and sea grass in Decision point #72).
Peter is something of a jack-of-all-trades. Based at the University of Melbourne, he has a particular interest in comparative ecology, quantitative methods, and inference and modelling (especially for applied ecological problems). His quest is to improve our ecological management through better knowledge and better use of that knowledge. A good point in case is his work on the lessons we can draw on habitat restoration for the grey-crowned babbler.
Moreno is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Queensland. He’s interested in the identification of global- and local-scale conservation priorities, using systematic conservation planning techniques and with a focus on international biodiversity targets. He’s also interested in global conservation policy and the reciprocal feedback between conservation policy and conservation science. Read about the notion of ‘irreplaceability’ and ‘importance’ in identifying priority areas for conservation.
Martina’s interest is in the analysis of population-level extinction risk. She has applied this analysis to develop methods for multi-species conservation prioritisation and to re-evaluate the concept of ‘minimum viable population size’ using decision theory. Recently she has been involved in a working group examining resource allocation problems for threatened species using the Project Prioritisation Protocol.
Bonnie is an environmental decision scientist. She’s interested in improving judgements and decision making in environmental science (namely risk analysis) ecology and natural resource management. Bonnie has just joined the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge where she will be ‘horizon scanning’ for extreme risks associated with new technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence and synthetic biology. In her latest Decision Point article, she discusses horizon scanning and what it has turned up in recent years.
Matthew’s research is at the interface of ecology, natural resource management and mathematics. Current and past projects include: improving pest management in sustainable agriculture, optimal detection and control of invasive species, the effects of habitat fragmentation on the conservation of endangered species, and quantifying the difference between the management of harvested populations using human intuition vs. using the output of mathematical models.
Tim is a philosopher by training who now provides facilitation, consulting and training services in analytical thinking for organisations. He’s also a Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Tim’s career has traversed cognitive science, information design and software development, and these days he describes himself as an ‘applied epistemologist’. One area he is helping people with is argument mapping.
Noam has been interested in maps since he was a child, and in his professional life has pioneered many new methods of analyzing spatial information (including the use of historical maps, GIS layers, aerial photographs and satellite images). In this manner he studies geographical and environmental patterns and processes of land cover changes in the face of human and climate induced changes. His latest investigation involved mapping where people go using Flickr data and night lights.