The main focus of my research is addressing the challenges of conserving biodiversity in an increasingly human-dominated world. Since, 2015, I have co-led projects for the National Environmental Science Program’s Threatened Species Recovery Hub that aim to support for threatened species conservation through better framing of conservation messages and prioritising biodiversity-friendly behaviour change.

Much of my research over the last 10 years has focussed on developing better tools and processes for protecting and enhancing native biodiversity in cities and in the surrounding urbanising areas.  This includes tools for designing biodiversity-friendly suburbs, as well as better planning of our cities so that they avoid important biodiversity and result in more liveable cities for urban residents.

Research interests

  • Conservation messaging and pro-conservation behaviour change
  • Biodiversity conservation in human-dominated environments
  • Urban biodiversity conservation, including planning for biodiversity and biodiversity sensitive urban design
  • Native grassland conservation
  • Improved conservation decision making, including structured decision making
  • Understanding the role of conservation scientists as advocates for conservation

Significant research projects

DP210103787. Beyond green facades: integrating ecology and architecture. ARC Discovery Project 2021-2024.

DP200103501. Onsets not offsets for real biodiversity gains. ARC Discovery Project 2020-2022.

LP190100453. Effective biodiversity behaviour change across supply chains. ARC Linkage Project 2020-2023.

LP160100324. Designing green spaces for biodiversity and human well-being, ARC Linkage Project 2017-2020.