I am currently working as a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. I work together with Jane Elith and Jose Lahoz-Monfort, focusing on uncertainty in biodiversity data in conservation decisions. I’m also involved in the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub, co-leading research on biodiversity offsetting with Martine Maron (UQ) and David Pannell (UWA).
I joined the Quantitative and Applied Ecology group (QAECO) in August 2012 and have been working in the past with Brendan Wintle on various NERP and NCCARF projects on climate change impacts on Australian threatened species and improving biodiversity outcomes in Strategic Assessments of regional development plans. Before migrating to Australia I was based at the University of Helsinki, Finland, where I did my MSc and PhD with Dr Mar Cabeza in the Metapopulation Research Group (MRG). My PhD focused on uncertainties of doing conservation planning under climate change.
The main focus of my work has always been in systematic conservation planning, climate change impacts and decision-making under uncertainty. I am particularly interested in conservation optimizations but also in bringing together different types of data to better understand what is really going on with this climate change business. I haven’t really specialized myself to any specific species or taxa, but somehow I often end up working with birds. I also spend way too much time in front of a computer than any self-respecting biologist should.