Martine Maron: I am Associate Professor of Environmental Management and an ARC Future Fellow at The University of Queensland, as well as Deputy Director of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub. My fellowship research focusses on biodiversity offsets, exploring the long-term biodiversity consequences (both intended and unintended) of current offset approaches in order to test how they influence the long-term persistence of biodiversity, as well as examining the risks and consequences of the introduction of offsetting into the conservation policy mix at national and international levels.
Megan Evans (Postdoctoral Fellow): My research falls broadly within environmental policy, governance and economics, with a particular focus on biodiversity conservation and natural resource management. The overarching goal of my research is to get better outcomes for the environment and society through an understanding of the policy process: design, implementation and evaluation. I am currently working as part of the National Environmental Science Programme – Threatened Species Recovery Hub (NESP TSR), where I am investigating cost effective and innovative biodiversity offsetting approaches for Australian threatened species.
Fleur Maseyk (Postdoctoral Fellow): I work at the interface of science and policy in the applied areas of natural resource management and biodiversity conservation. My PhD thesis explored how, by targeting management actions towards natural capital stocks, we can influence ecosystem function, and thus the provision of ecosystem services and conservation outcomes. My key areas of interest are: ecosystem services; biodiversity policy; and biodiversity offsetting. I am currently working part-time as a post-doc on the NESP funded project ‘better offsets for threatened species’.
Nicole Shumway (PhD candidate): Biodiversity offsets are increasingly being used as a mechanism to mitigate impacts from economic expansion and development on species and ecosystems. Marine offset development has lagged behind terrestrial offsets, despite a global increase in marine development and exploitation. The aim of my thesis is to advance both the theoretical and practical basis for marine biodiversity offsets, and to investigate how offsets can be used to minimize impacts on the marine environment and more effectively achieve no net loss of biodiversity.
Brad Dreis (MPhil candidate): My project will study the baseline condition trajectories and assumptions used in environmental offset approaches for the Galilee Basin, and whether offsets based on these can realistically achieve no net loss for threatened species such as the Black-throated Finch (Poephila cincta cincta).
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