I’m a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. The main focus of my work is in systematic conservation planning, climate change impacts and decision-making under uncertainty. I’m particularly interested in spatial conservation optimizations, spanning from reserve network design to cost-efficient management and biodiversity offsetting. I haven’t really specialized myself to any 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.
I currently 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 in doing conservation planning under climate change.