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Principal Research Scientist, University of British Columbia

Dr Tara Martin is a principal research scientist with CSIRO and adjunct Professor with University of British Columbia, Canada and University of Queensland, Australia.

Dr Martin is a pioneer in the field of optimal conservation resource allocation, combining ecological models with decision theory to develop frameworks for making more efficient and effective biodiversity conservation decisions in the face of global change.

Her development of methods to incorporate informative priors from data and elicited from experts into Bayesian predictive models have been widely adopted along with her advancement of techniques for modelling zero-inflated data-sets. In the field, Tara has over 15 years experience researching the complex interactions between herbivore grazing systems and the persistence of bird and plant assemblages.

Her current research interests include:
- planning for carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation
- conservation decision making under climate change
- expert elicitation and use of priors in Bayesian models
- optimal management of invasive species and endangered species
- active adaptive management and decision making under uncertainty
- prioritizing the threat management of imperiled biodiversity


  • –present
    Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland
  • –present
    Research Scientist, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
  • –present
    Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada


  • 2005 
    University of Queesland, PhD (Zoology)


  • 2012
    Martin T.G., Burgman M.A., Fidler F. et al. Eliciting expert knowledge in conservation science, Conservation Biology 26, 29-38.
  • 2012
    Martin T.G., Nally S., Burbidge A. et al. Acting fast helps avoids extinction, Conservation Letters DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00239.x.
  • 2011
    McDonald-Madden et al. Optimal timing for managed relocation , Nature Climate Change 1:261-265.
  • 2011
    Chadès I et al. Rules for managing and surveying networks of pests, diseases & endangered species, PNAS 108:8323-8328
  • 2007
    Martin, T. G. et al. Optimal conservation of migratory species , PLoS ONE 2:e751.doi:710.1371/journal.pone.0000751.