Rich heads the research group. He is a lecturer in conservation and biodiversity at UQ. After gaining his PhD from the University of Durham in 2004, he worked at the University of Sheffield as a postdoc in Kevin Gaston’s Biodiversity and Macroecology group. He then moved to Hugh Possingham’s Spatial Ecology Lab at the University of Queensland in 2008, before forming his own research group at the beginning of 2010.
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Stephanie commenced her PhD at the University of Queensland in October 2015, supervised by Professors Hugh Possingham and Richard Fuller. Prior to moving to Australia, Stephanie worked as an environmental assessment biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and as a seabird research biologist with Environment Canada. In 2013, she earned her MSc from the University of British Columbia where she worked with Professor John Richardson and Dr. Jordan Rosenfeld.
Liz is a PhD candidate who is investigating child health and development benefits associated with urban nature. With a background in public health, she is particularly interested in how social and physical aspects of settings, such as cities, influence people’s health. Liz graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics, and from University of Queensland with a Master of Public Health.
Elizabeth is a postdoctoral research assistant based at University College London, working in Prof Georgina Mace’s lab. She is currently working on a joint project with UQ and the World Pheasant Association studying geographic range change over the last 200 years in the avian order Galliformes, quantifying the spatial patterns of change and investigating ecological and life history correlates of range change. Her research interests encompass spatial ecology, extinction risk, citizen science and captive breeding, her PhD focussing on the effects of inbreeding depression and purging on zoo populations.
Lachlan is currently completing a PhD at UQ, and is primarily supervised by Dr Margie Mayfield. Lachlan is researching to understand the drivers of plant successional processes and community assembly within abandoned pasture adjacent to rainforests in tropical countryside landscapes. He is interested in the dynamics of seed dispersal and is investigating how avian seed dispersers use isolated pasture trees in the Wet and Sub-Tropics of Australia, Colombia and Nigeria.
Chi-Yeung Choi (aka Jimmy Choi) is a postdoctoral research fellow working on the Gladstone migratory shorebird monitoring project, which involves tracking local movement, modelling count data for transiting number and passage date estimates, and estimating carrying capacity. He is interested in animal behaviour, shorebird ecology and ways to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts. He has been studying migratory shorebirds since 2005 and involved in shorebird projects on the breeding grounds, migration stopping sites and non-breeding grounds along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.
Rob Clemens is a PhD candidate researching the impacts of pulses in resource availability on migratory species, using migratory shorebirds that use Australia’s ephemeral wetlands as a case study. Research is focused on characterising the dynamics of pulses in migratory shorebird habitat suitability across the Australian continent, and then looking to identify how those pulse dynamics impact both migratory shorebird populations and when and where we might manage water for migratory shorebirds in Australia.
Lara received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Denison University in the US. She then completed a Master’s degree in Zoology at the University of Hawai`i, designing a computerized model of a coral reef ecosystem. She is currently working on her PhD, and will be working on the topic ‘the extinction of experience and human interactions with nature.’ She is especially interested in how the benefits of nature are delivered, and what leads people to define themselves as connected to nature.
Ed is a PhD student working on global governance for conserving migratory shorebirds under the supervision of Rich Fuller, Tiffany Morrison, and Salit Kark. Migratory species often require vast areas spanning multiple countries to complete their life cycle. In this context, various transnational institutional arrangements have emerged with relevance to their conservation. Shorebirds in Asia-Pacific, a region that has become to be known as the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, migrate across 22 countries. Despite the existence of an international policy framework for their conservation, their populations have continued to decline. Hence, appraising the effectiveness of such arrangements is paramount to inform conservation policy and practice. I am particularly interested in understanding the implementation of bilateral agreements, the role of non-state actors, and the performance of institutional arrangements on the ground .
Michelle is a PhD student currently based at Durham University and is being primarily supervised by Dr Stephen Willis. Her current PhD research similarly explores disturbance impacts of extreme weather events and land-use on arid zone bird species in Australia. The long-term repeat bird surveys will help to shed light on species movements across this little-studied region in times of plenty and in times of drought.
Jeff is a PhD student in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland. He is creating algorithms to design reserve networks that are resistant to environmental change and (indirectly) protect greater amounts of genetic diversity. Jeff is supervised by Dr Richard Fuller and Dr Jonathan Rhodes. Before starting his PhD, Jeff completed his BSc (majoring in ecology) and honours studies. Later he worked as a research assistant for Jonathan Rhodes on conservation planning in south-east Queensland, and then as a research assistant in the Fuller Lab on mapping tidal flats along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.
Micha is a PhD candidate researching socio-economic aspects of coastal conservation and management in the Yellow Sea. She has a particular interest in habitat requirements of migratory shorebirds, who face an increasingly uncertain future in the region. Their incredible migration journey is one of the great wildlife spectacles on earth, but also exemplifies the wide range of challenges facing biodiversity today and the complex economic, social and livelihood aspects that can drive both problems and solutions. Micha graduated from Lawrence University (USA) with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Government and Environmental Studies after which she received a T. J. Watson Fellowship to investigate implementation of marine conservation in Oman, Australia and Palau. She then spent 7 years working to support Indigenous land and sea management and associated wildlife research in northern Australia.
Vivian is a PhD student based in UQ’s Marine Spatial Ecology Lab, where her primary supervisor is Professor Peter Mumby. Vivian is interested in applied sciences for biodiversity conservation and management. For her PhD, she hopes to use existing reef data around the world to identify a set of metrics that will allow better insight into reef resilience and to provide a practical tool for managers and local communities to understand and conserve their reefs.
Jasmine is a PhD student with Richard Fuller, Aleks Terauds (AAD), Justine Shaw (UQ/AAD), Iadine Chades (CSIRO) and Hugh Possingham (UQ). Her PhD focuses on conserving biodiversity in the Antarctic under climate change. In particular Jasmine’s project will look at how the distributions of species in ice-free areas will be affected by climate and other threats, such as invasive species and tourism. The next stage will incorporate this information into a prioritisation of protected areas and climate adaptation actions.
Hsien-Yung completed his BSc and MSc in marine biology and migratory fish at National Taiwan University. Now, as a PhD student at University of Queensland, he is interested in the conservation of diadromous fish since different habitat requirements during the different stages of their life history make them vulnerable to a range of different stressors and many migratory fish are under heavy harvesting pressure. Hsien-Yung’s research will include species distribution modeling specific to different life history stages, population modeling, conservation planning and land-sea connectivity for diadromous fish.
Si-liang is a PhD student currently based at South China Normal University, studying in the Spatial Ecology lab led by Prof Hai-sheng Jiang. Si-liang is interested in the biodiversity, ecology and conservation of Hainan Island, China. He has participated in many correlative survey projects on Hainan Island and collected a lot of data, including data on natural forest distribution, with almost 900 plant quadrants and almost 1300 terrestrial vertebrate transects. He is exploring the relationship between biodiversity, environment, human activities and how to enhance the effectiveness of nature reserves through conservation planning on this fast developing island.
Jeremy completed his BSc. Zoology/Ecology and honours studies at UQ in 2010. After working as a research assistant for Dr Scott Burnett at the University of the Sunshine Coast and Dr Jonathan Rhodes at UQ in 2011, Jeremy has returned to UQ to undertake his PhD study in collaboration with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Jeremy’s PhD will focus on the ecology and distribution of the critically endangered Burrowing bettong (Bettongia lesueur) and Brush-tailed bettong (Bettongia penicillata)
Danielle is a postdoctoral research fellow. She is currently exploring how the extinction of experience influences both physical and mental human wellbeing in urban landscapes, and is particularly interested in identifying ways that urban nature can be enhanced to deliver benefits for people and biodiversity.
Jo joined the Lab as a PhD student in 2010 – her primary supervisor is Anne Goldizen. Jo’s PhD focuses on how flying-foxes utilise the urban landscape of Brisbane with a particular emphasis on their foraging ecology. Jo hopes that her project will provide insights into how flying-foxes might deal with increasing urbanisation, and how flying-fox interactions with the human communities that inhabit urbanised areas can be enhanced.
Hannah is working as a research assistant whilst publishing her honours thesis. This assessed how climate change may impact the breeding habitat of arctic-breeding shorebirds, and consequently their migratory routes. The results indicate that for many species, habitat will severely contract in the coming years with strong consequences for migratory routes; these impacts will be more extreme than during the Earth’s most recent warm period ~6000 years ago. Hannah’s research interests lie at the intersection of climate change and conservation, including the role biogeography can play in forming expectations of species’ responses.
Madeleine graduated from her undergraduate science degree at the University of Queensland in 2014. She then spent her honours year investigating human-wildlife conflict in Moreton bay, focusing specifically on how the public uses designated dog exercising areas and protected foreshore zones. She found that by designating 5 areas as dog ‘off-leash’ zones (instead of everywhere), we could conserve up to 97% of migratory shorebirds. Madeleine published her honours work in the Journal of Applied Ecology. Maddy is now beginning a PhD project in the Wilson Lab focusing on understanding and resolving conservation issues in Borneo.
In 2015, Kiran completed her PhD with Richard Fuller, Karen Mustin and Hugh Possingham on
shorebird conservation. More specifically, her research focused on (i) identifying drivers of population growth at different migratory stages, (ii) mapping protection of important migratory habitat, and (iii) identifying management solutions at local and international scales. She now has a postdoctoral research associate position at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology working as an ecological modeller.
Jeff completed his BSc in Zoology/Ecology at the University of Queensland in 2014, and then completed his honours under the supervision of Dr Richard Fuller and Dr Danielle Shanahan. He investigated the association between the presence of reported magpie attacks across Brisbane, magpie habitat suitability, the distribution of transport infrastructure, and human behaviour. It was discovered that magpie attacks were more likely to be reported in areas where the habitat was more suitable for magpies, human population density was higher, there were more roads and bikeways, and people were more likely to walk or cycle to work
Jessica completed her honours in 2015 as part of her Bachelor of Environmental Management majoring in Natural Systems and Wildlife. Her project investigated rainforest bird visitation patterns to remnant trees beyond the forest boundary. This was used to quantify the contribution of birds to seed rain, in order to improve the design of rainforest restoration projects.
Karen was a postdoc in 2014 working on migratory shorebird habitat mapping and determining the optimal distribution of banding effort. She has research interests in conservation and spatial population ecology, focusing on the interactions between anthropogenic activities and biodiversity conservation. Specific foci include the impacts of climate change on species distribution, connectivity restoration in fragmented habitats and the sustainability of recreational hunting from a socio-ecological perspective. Karen completed her PhD at the University of Aberdeen in 2010, and she is now based in Brazil.
While with the Environmental Decisions Group (EDG), Jessie assisted the Fuller Lab with field- and computer-based shorebird research, in addition to managing numerous lab logistics. She also assisted with revegetation and orangutan research projects for Kerrie Wilon’s lab. Jess also worked as part of the EDG communications team to organize the Student Conference for Conservation Science 2015, as well as to digitise, distribute, and market the e-magazine Decision Point.
Upon finishing her work with EDG, Jessie began her PhD at Queensland University of Technology. She plans to evaluate how children may be able to relate to nature using computer technology. In essence, this study considering how to engage people with Australian bird sounds through visual and auditory means. Meanwhile, Jessie is also continuing her work as a board member of Australian Citizen Science Association.
In mid 2014 Claire completed her PhD at The University of Queensland, focused on identifying migratory and nomadic movements in data-poor species, and using that information to develop new approaches to conservation planning and prioritisation for mobile species. She joined the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management in 2014 with Dr. Jonathan Rhodes and is currently working on projects exploring the impacts of human networks on conservation outcomes; designing cross-disciplinary solutions for integrating infrastructure planning and conservation planning; and exploring the effects of current and potential legislation on management of migratory species.
Jess graduated from the University of Queensland with a bachelor of environmental science majoring in ecology in 2013. In 2014, she completed her honours project investigating the behavioural adaptations of bird to urban environments, in particular, urban roads. By observing the behaviours of birds crossing roads and foraging on roadkill, this project aimed to determine the impacts of roads in urban areas on birds. Jess found that the three bird species most commonly observed utilize differing strategies to cope with and thrive in urban environments.
Nick’s PhD focused on delivering the science necessary to inform large (continental) scale conservation decisions. He used a range of tools, with particular focus on remote sensing and spatial analysis (see Murray et al. 2012). Through analysis of remote sensing data Nick found that two-thirds of tidal flats in the Yellow Sea have disappeared in 50 years, heavily impacting shorebird stopover sites in East Asia (see Murray et al. 2014). He also discovered that the entire Yellow Sea intertidal ecosystem is Endangered. Nick is currently continuing his work as a research associate in the Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of New South Wales.
Rocio’s PhD was focused on integrating genetics into systematic conservation planning. Her primary supervisor was Hugh Possingham. Her PhD combined genetic data with land use dynamics and climate change to set conservation priorities that efficiently conserve biological diversity in the highly fragmented tropical montane cloud forests of Mexico. This work was published in Nature Climate Change in March 2012. Rocio also published analysis using genetic data to prioritise islands in Vanuatu for conservation and a paper on future fragmentation of cloud forest driven by climate change. She is now a postdoctoral researcher with CSIRO.
Ramona specializes in species distribution modeling, and during her time in the lab completed a landmark study of the impact of climate change on Australia’s threatened species. Read the full report here. Ramona discovered that 59 of the 355 threatened plant species and 11 of the 149 threatened animals considered could completely lose their climatically suitable range by 2085 under the most pessimistic (business as usual) climate change scenario, while four plant species face almost certain extinction due to complete loss of suitable range even under the most optimistic mitigation scenario tested. Other components of the project modeled optimal restoration and protection strategies for Australia’s threatened species.
As a postdoctoral researcher in the lab, Colin studied population trends in Australasia’s migratory shorebirds using Bayesian hierarchical models. The results of this will help optimize habitat protection and inform offset strategies for migratory animals. Colin is now a lecturer at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Lissa’s PhD was focused around marine conservation, with a particular focus on marine protected areas. As part of her PhD Lissa developed a new way to evaluate how protected area coverage represents biodiversity and addresses threats.
Carly completed a PhD in Environmental Management at the University of Queensland in 2010. Her research interests as a postdoc in the lab included understanding the evidence needed to support conservation decisions (see Cook et al. 2012), achieiving science that can help bridge the gap between academia and decision-makers (see Cook et al. 2013), and evaluating the evidence produced by systematic reviews of conservation interventions (see Cook et al. 2013). Carly is currently a postdoc at the University of Melbourne.
Cassandra completed her honours project in the lab studying the vocalisations of urban Torresian crows in Brisbane. She discovered that the birds adjust the timing of their vocalisations significantly in response to urbanisation itself as well as anthropogenic noise pollution. Cassie achieved a first class mark for her honours thesis. Since completing her honours Cassie has been involved with seabird work and hopes to pursue a PhD.
Tak’s PhD focussed on conservation planning at a range of scales, from global analyses of climate change and ecosystems to regional scale conservation of migratory species and site selection among networks. Tak now works as a postdoc at Stanford University analysing changing patterns of forest cover in the Amazon.
Jess graduated from the University of Maryland and worked for a couple of years at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Her MPhil research with the Fuller lab focussed on the impacts of urbanisation on birds in Brisbane. Using simulations of future patterns of urban growth, she discovered that compact urban development delivers fewer bird extinctions per capita than a sprawling pattern of city growth. In terms of human experiences of biodiversity around where they live, compact development leads to smaller backyards but better access to parkland and bushland.
Jess currently lives in Colorado and works for the Wildlife Conservation Society.
From left to right: Colin Studds, Jasmine Lee, Rob Clemens, Claire Runge, Nick Murray, Kiran Dhanjal-Adams, Manon Ceinos, Rich Fuller, Jo Towsey, Cassandra Taylor, Vladimir Wingate, Jeremy Ringma, Ramona Maggini.
Sitting from left to right: Megan Barber, Jeremy Ringma, Liz Barber, Hsien-Yung Lin, Karen Mustin, Claire Runge, Jasmine Lee
Standing from left to right: Jess Peatey, Kiran Dhanjal-Adams, Rich Fuller, Jeff Hanson, Claire Fuller, Emily Fuller, Jess Cappadonna, Danielle Shanahan, Julien Destres, Hannah Wauchope.
Standing Left to Right: Veronica Gama, Si-liang Lin, Jeff Choo, Jeff Hanson, Muu Akasaka, Danielle Shanahan, Maddy Stigner, Dylan Moffitt, Jo Towsey, Rich Fuller
Sitting Left to Right: Bella Gama, Jeremy Ringma, Jimmy Choi, Lara Franco, Hsien-yung Lin, Claire Fuller, Emily Fuller, Hannah Wauchope, Kiran Dhanjal-Adams, Jasmine Lee