Bonnie Claire Wintle

Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Melbourne

I completed my PhD in 2013, supervised by Prof Mark Burgman (environmental risk analysis) and Dr Fiona Fidler (cognitive psychology). I have a degree in environmental science and ecology, with some history and philosophy of science. My doctoral thesis examined expert judgment under severe uncertainty, with a focus on reducing overconfidence and improving scientific judgements. I have published papers in a variety of disciplines and was awarded the CSF ‘best young researcher’ award from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich (Environmental decisions, risks and uncertainties conference, 2010). My postdoctoral work uses horizon scanning for early detection of threats to biodiversity and opportunities for conservation. In February 2016, I will be joining the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge as a Research Associate, where I will be horizon scanning for extreme risks associated with new technologies.


  • 2013–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Melbourne


  • 2013 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 2001 
    University of Tasmania, Honours (plant ecology)
  • 2000 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Science (environmental science)

Research Areas

  • Statistics (0104)
  • Environmental Sciences (05)
  • Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (17)