My research is at the forefront of linking conservation science and quantitative tools from the field of artificial intelligence (AI). I develop artificial intelligence methods to provide guidance on how to make smart conservation decisions under imperfect knowledge and resource constraints.
I am a principal research scientist and an activity leader with the CSIRO MLAI Future Science Platform (2019-) where I focus on developing Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for decision-making. I am a Chief Investigator with NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence SPECTRUM (Supporting Participatory Evidence generation to Control Transmissible diseases in our Region Using Modelling). From 2012 to 2021, I was the team leader of the Conservation Decisions team (CSIRO, Environment) a multi-disciplinary group with expertise in ecology, systematic conservation planning, priority threat management, artificial intelligence, and decision theory. Our motivation is to solve pressing global conservation problems. We do this by connecting ecological data with decision science to determine what actions to take, when and where to get the best outcomes for biodiversity conservation, while taking into account the many other competing needs of society.