About

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Economics at the Cairns Institute, working on the Stakeholder and Traditional Owner Engagement Subprogram of the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP).  I am also a Research Associate at Macquarie University working with the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association on strengthening the marine protected area network in the WIO. Prior to my current roles, I was the Executive Officer of the NSW Adaptation Research Hub - Biodiversity Node from 2016-2019.

My research uses statistical, spatial and economic modelling to understand the effectiveness and impacts of protected areas and policy instruments for conserving natural systems. My past research projects have evaluated the effectiveness of protected areas for conserving nature, integrated climate change considerations into protected area networks and explored cost-effective opportunities for policy initiatives to promote reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).

I completed an MPhil at James Cook University in 2017 investigating cost-effective opportunities for minimizing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in Southeast Asia and a PhD at Macquarie University in 2021 evaluating the effectiveness of protected areas for conserving nature. I have a background in conservation science and economics.

I am a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.

Interests
Research
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of protected areas for conserving nature
  • Evidence-based conservation, impact evaluation
  • Cost-effectiveness of conservation and climate mitigation and adaptation strategies
  • Mapping priority areas for protecting nature under future climate scenarios
Honours
Awards
  • 2016 to 2019 - Business Higher Education Round Table (BHERT), Award for Outstanding Collaboration for National Benefit (Non-Economic) (2017)
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