CIE Seminar Series – 2022: Biodiversity Indicators (PhD Seminar)

DATE & TIME: Friday 13th May 2022 @ 12pm.

LOCATION: Via Zoom and in-person at Room T3.22, Burwood campus. Click HERE to connect (Meeting ID: 869 7351 6052, Password: 91401926).

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The reality of global biodiversity loss is vast, highly complex, and difficult to comprehend. Biodiversity indicators are policy tools designed to distill this complexity into digestible forms useful for decision making.

The development of terrestrial indicators is still in its infancy however, and many indicators, such as the Red List Index, are deployed with little knowledge about whether they are fit for intended purpose. In fisheries science and economics, indicators are often subjected to more rigorous performance testing to establish their strengths and limitations in different contexts.

My PhD research aimed to translate some of these concepts and methods to the world of terrestrial biodiversity indicators.

This seminar will highlight some key results that can inform the effective use of terrestrial indicators, which are particularly relevant to upcoming negotiations on the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework under the Convention on Biological Diversity.


Simone completed her PhD research on biodiversity indicators in the Deakin Conservation Science Lab, led by Prof Emily Nicholson, submitting her thesis in late 2021. Prior to her PhD she worked on international marine policy for the Pacific Islands Forum.

Simone is now working as a postdoc for the Deakin Marine Spatial Ecology and Conservation Lab led by Dr. Eric Treml, where she is working on developing quantitative tools for managing marine biosecurity risk in New Zealand.

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