CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Evaluating conservation outcomes with evidence, models and expert elicitation for better decisions

SPEAKER: Dr Jessica Walsh, Head, Conservation Science Research Group, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University

DATE: Friday, 30th August 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207 and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)


The core theme of my research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of conservation actions and developing frameworks to improve management decisions. In this talk, I will present my research on the conservation of Pacific salmon in Canada and give a snapshot of my current and past work on Australian woodland birds, data-limited fisheries and evidence-based conservation.

I applied a Priority Threat Management framework to prioritise conservation recovery strategies for salmon over the next 20 years, in collaboration with First Nations on the Central Coast of British Columbia.

Effective management of five species of Pacific salmon is extremely important in Canada and the US, given their immense commercial, social, cultural and ecological significance. Yet, until now there was no strategic or integrated approach that considers costs, benefits and feasibility to ensure the limited resources allocated to hundreds of salmon populations are spent wisely.


Jessica Walsh is a Lecturer at Monash University. Her current work focuses on identifying evidence-based management strategies for Australian woodland birds and calculating the cost-effectiveness of biodiversity offsets.

For her PhD, Jessica identified the barriers and solutions to implementing evidence-based conservation at the University of Cambridge.

She has previously assessed the return on investment of invasive species control, dabbled in global fisheries modelling and evaluated the effectiveness of threatened species recovery planning in Australia.

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