I am a Lecturer in Ecology in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. I am a conservation biologist whose research relates to the integration of science in environmental management decisions. In particular I’m interested in the types of evidence decision-makers use to inform their decisions and why, the consequences of poor uptake of science on management decisions, and the design of decision support tools, tools for evidence synthesis and knowledge transfer systems that promote evidence-based decisions. I am a founding member of the Centre for Evidence Informed Policy and Practice, which promotes the advancement of evidence-based decision making through research, methodological development, application and training.
Some of my key research interests centre on developing decision triggers as a tool for management, integrating evolutionary theory into conservation management and promoting cost-effectiveness analysis in evidence-based conservation.
My research program is highly interdisciplinary and I have a keen interesting in understanding what conservation can learn from other disciplines in order to become more effective.
I completed my PhD in Environmental Management at the University of Queensland in 2010. My research there was focused on developing and improving systems to evaluate the effectiveness of protected area management, working with conservation management agencies in Australia.