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)

ABSTRACT.

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.

BIO.

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.

Appointments with speaker may be made via e.nicholson@deakin.edu.au.

For more info: https://www.monash.edu/science/schools/biological-sciences/staff/jessica-walsh.


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CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Predicting global hotspots of nature-land use conflict

SPEAKER: Dr Payal Bal, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group, University of Melbourne

DATE: Friday, 23rd 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)

ABSTRACT.

Economic policy can have profound effects on the environment through its pervasive influence on human consumption and land use. Land-use change, as driven by consumption, is the number one driver of loss of species habitat. Although studies have broadly characterised the links between global consumption, land use and biodiversity, current analyses cannot identify the location and severity of the impacts of human consumption on biodiversity. There exists a unique opportunity to develop and apply predictive methods for identifying regions of impending conflict between nature and land use. I work with colleagues at the University of Melbourne (Brendan Wintle, Tom Kompas, Simon Kapitza, Matthew Cantele and other researchers) to develop a global, coupled economic, land-use and ecological modelling framework to evaluate the influence of economic decisions (e.g. trade agreements) on production and consumption patterns (i.e., commodity supply and demand) and subsequently on land-use and the displacement of biodiversity.

Our prototype approach downscales global trade patterns to local (<1ha) biodiversity impacts via a land-use change model at a national scale. I am currently working on extending this approach to a global scale, expanding on the number of commodities, economic regions and species considered within the assessment. Our aim is to provide high-resolution spatial models of species’ ranges (and range changes) for over 100,000 species on a worldwide scale, under future scenarios of economic and environmental change.

BIO.

I work in the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group at the University of Melbourne and am currently involved in a Discovery project to assess the global impacts of trade on biodiversity. During my doctoral research at the University of Queensland, I have applied decision-analysis and structured decision-making approaches to evaluate biodiversity indicators and to monitoring strategies for improving conservation decisions. I have previously worked on modelling spatial vegetation patterns to develop indicators of ecosystem collapse; on developing methods of abundance estimation from biodiversity survey data; and on studying the man-animal conflict in India.

Appointments with speaker may be made via e.nicholson@deakin.edu.au.

For more info: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=RNri_C0AAAAJ&hl=en.


External visitors – wish to join us and connect to our seminars?
External parties may connect to the live seminar via *N SEBE VMP LES Seminars 52236958@deakin.edu.au [ID.36958] via the methods listed below:

  • For external guests, you can connect as a web guest by clicking HERE. If using Chrome you it will prompt you to install the Cisco Jaba Plugin, then it will prompt you to download the extension which you will need to install. Once this has been installed, you will have a black screen with a call button. You will just need to click call and it should connect into the VMP.
  • For Deakin staff and students, please join via Skype for Business (Lync) – if you have office installed you may already have Skype for business or Lync installed. You just need to look for it on the start menu. If you find it, you can log into skype using your Deakin email and password and then dial 36958.
  • Could not log in? More info on how to connect is available HERE or HERE.
  • From a mobile phone or landline: call +613 92517000, wait for the prompt, then enter the five digit VMP number (36958)
  • Please note that connection is only available while a seminar is taking place.

As a courtesy, we request that when connecting to the seminar that you mute your microphone unless you are required to speak, this would ensure that the sound from the speaker to the audience is not disrupted by feedback from your microphone – thank you!