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Associate professor, University of Tasmania

A key theme in Vanessa's research is applying economic concepts and social consultation to make on-ground conservation action more effective and equitable between groups of stakeholders. Her research explores how to plan for development and conservation goals conjointly with a focus on how new market mechanisms, such as carbon offsets, may be leveraged for dual objectives such as livelihood provisioning and biodiversity conservation.


  • 2018–present
    Senior lecturer, Discipline of Geography and Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania
  • 2017–2018
    Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University
  • 2014–2017
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Queensland
  • 2012–2014
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Charles Darwin University


  • 2012 
    James Cook University, PhD
  • 2004 
    Washington and Lee University, Bachelor of Science, Biology
  • 2004 
    Washington and Lee University, Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics

Research Areas

  • Ecological Economics (149902)
  • Conservation And Biodiversity (050202)