Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change, University of Adelaide

I am the Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide. Author of 'Killing the Koala & Poisoning the Prairie. Australia, America, & the Environment' (http://amzn.to/1Ouey69)

I have a broad range of research interests including population dynamics, extinction theory, palaeo-ecology, sustainable harvest, human demography, climate change impacts on biodiversity, invasive species, and sustainable energy systems.

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change, University of Adelaide
  • 2008–2014
    Director of Ecological Modelling, University of Adelaide

Education

  • 2005 
    Murdoch University, Postgraduate Certificate (Veterinary Conservation Medicine)
  • 1999 
    University of Otago, PhD Zoology
  • 1994 
    University of Alberta, MSc Zoology
  • 1992 
    Université de Montréal, BSc Ecology

Publications

  • 2016
    An efficient protocol for the global sensitivity analysis of stochastic ecological models, Ecosphere
  • 2016
    Warming and fertilization alter the dilution effect of host diversity on disease severity, Ecology
  • 2016
    How to rank journals, PLoS One
  • 2016
    Where to dig for fossils: combining climate-envelope, taphonomy and discovery models, PLoS One
  • 2016
    Humans and seasonal climate variability threaten large-bodied coral reef fish with small ranges, Nature Communications
  • 2016
    Climate change not to blame for late Quaternary megafauna extinctions in Australia, Nature Communications
  • 2016
    Banning trophy hunting will exacerbate biodiversity loss, Trends in Ecology and Evolution
  • 2016
    Implications of Australia’s population policy for future greenhouse-gas emissions targets, Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies
  • 2016
    What caused extinction of the Pleistocene megafauna of Sahul?, Proceedings of the Royal Society B
  • 2015
    Global estimates of boreal forest carbon stocks and flux, Global and Planetary Change
  • 2015
    National emphasis on high-level protection reduces risk of biodiversity decline in tropical forest reserves, Biological Conservation
  • 2015
    Key role for nuclear energy in global biodiversity conservation, Conservation Biology
  • 2015
    Ecological and economic benefits to cattle rangelands of restoring an apex predator, Journal of Applied Ecology
  • 2015
    Abrupt warming events drove Late Pleistocene Holarctic megafaunal turnover, Science
  • 2015
    Obliquity-driven expansion of North Atlantic sea ice during the last glacial, Geophysical Research Letters
  • 2015
    Killing the Koala and Poisoning the Prairie: Australia, America, and the Environment, Chicago University Press
  • 2015
    Global zero-carbon energy pathways using viable mixes of nuclear and renewables, Applied Energy
  • 2014
    Genetics in conservation management: revised recommendations for the 50/500 rules, Red List criteria and population viability analyses, Biological Conservation
  • 2014
    Nuclear power can reduce emissions and maintain a strong economy: rating Australia's optimal future electricity-generation mix by technologies and policies, Applied Energy
  • 2014
    Human population reduction is not a quick fix for environmental problems, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA
  • 2014
    Predicting current and future global distributions of whale sharks, Global Change Biology
  • 2014
    An ecological regime shift resulting from disrupted predator-prey interactions in Holocene Australia, Ecology
  • 2014
    Strong but opposing β-diversity-stability relationships in coral reef fish communities, Proceedings of the Royal Society B
  • 2014
    Predictors of contraction and expansion of area of occupancy for British birds, Proceedings of the Royal Society B
  • 2013
    Near-complete extinction of native small mammal fauna 25 years following forest fragmentation, Science
  • 2013
    Past human influences alter future range estimates: advancing the predictive capacity of species distribution models, Global Change Biology
  • 2013
    Conservation management and sustainable harvest quotas are sensitive to choice of climate modelling approach for two marine gastropods, Diversity and Distributions
  • 2013
    Brave new green world – consequences of a carbon economy for the conservation of Australian biodiversity, Biological Conservation
  • 2013
    No need for disease: testing extinction hypotheses for the thylacine using multi-species metamodels, Journal of Animal Ecology
  • 2012
    Little left to lose: deforestation and forest degradation in Australia since European colonisation, Journal of Plant Ecology
  • 2012
    Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas, Nature
  • 2012
    iREDD hedges against avoided deforestation’s unholy trinity of leakage, permanence and additionality, Conservation Letters
  • 2012
    Robust estimates of extinction time in the geological record, Quaternary Science Reviews
  • 2012
    Novel coupling of individual-based epidemiological and demographic models predicts realistic dynamics of tuberculosis in alien buffalo, Journal of Applied Ecology
  • 2011
    Primary forests are irreplaceable for sustaining tropical biodiversity, Nature
  • 2011
    Seaweed communities in retreat from ocean warming, Current Biology
  • 2011
    Relative need for conservation assessment of vascular plant species among ecoregions, Journal of Biogeography
  • 2010
    Mechanisms driving change: altered species interactions and ecosystem functions from global warming, Journal of Animal Ecology
  • 2010
    Evaluating the relative environmental impact of countries, PLoS One
  • 2010
    Reef size and isolation determine the temporal stability of coral reef fish populations, Ecology
  • 2009
    Susceptibility of sharks, rays and chimaeras to global extinction, Advances in Marine Biology
  • 2009
    Tropical turmoil – a biodiversity tragedy in progress, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
  • 2009
    Urgent preservation of boreal carbon stocks and biodiversity, Trends in Ecology and Evolution
  • 2008
    Threat or invasive status in legumes is related to opposite extremes of the same ecological and life-history attributes, Journal of Ecology
  • 2008
    Synergies among extinction drivers under global change, Trends in Ecology and Evolution
  • 2007
    Tropical Conservation Biology, Blackwell
  • 2007
    Global evidence that deforestation amplifies flood risk and severity in the developing world, Global Change Biology
  • 2007
    Minimum viable population size: a meta-analysis of 30 years of published estimates, Biological Conservation

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Generalised methods for testing extinction dynamics across geological, near and modern time scales
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2012
    Identifying cost-effective reforestation approaches for biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration in southern Australia
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2012
    Meta-modelling of ecological, evolutionary and climatic systems dynamics
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2012
    Seascape genetics for shark management: an innovation in sustainable fisheries modelling
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2011
    Solving the problems of estimating extinction rates in recent and geological time
    Role:
    Future Fellow III
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2011
    Developing best-practice approaches for restoring forest ecosystems that are resilient to climate change
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Ecological Applications (0501)
  • Ecological Impacts Of Climate Change (050101)
  • Invasive Species Ecology (050103)
  • Ecology (0602)
  • Palaeoecology (060206)
  • Marine And Estuarine Ecology (Incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
  • Population Ecology (060207)
  • Terrestrial Ecology (060208)
  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Environmental Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified (059999)
  • Statistics (0104)
  • Optimisation (010303)

Honours

2012 Research Excellence Award, Univ Adelaide; 2011 ARC Future Fellow III; 2010 Australian Ecology Research Award, Ecol Soc Aust; 2010 Scopus Young Researcher of the Year; 2009 HG Andrewartha Medal, R Soc SA; 2008 SA Young Tall Poppy Science Award