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Josie Carwardine

Research Scientist, CSIRO Land and Water, CSIRO

Dr Josie Carwardine is a Research Scientist with CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences.

Her research focuses on collecting and analysing biological and socio-economic information for making good conservation decisions for multiple outcomes, and on the implications of a carbon economy for biodiversity conservation.

In doing so, she is helping to ensure that conservation investments achieve the greatest benefits possible per unit cost.

Her research interests include:
-achieving biodiversity conservation in a carbon market, particularly for protecting and restoring native ecosystems and habitat for threatened species
-developing and applying systematic and economically-grounded methods for cost-effective decision-making for biodiversity conservation and other benefits
-identifying spatial priorities for new protected areas and off-reserve conservation actions
-using expert knowledge to make good and adaptive conservation planning decisions in data poor regions
-mainstreaming biodiversity conservation to achieve multiple outcomes, including ecosystem services and livelihood benefits.


  • 2013–present
    Research Scientist, CSIRO
  • 2010–2013
    Postdoctoral research fellow, CSIRO


  • 2010 
    University of Queensland, PhD
  • 2001 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Science with Honours Class 1