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Welcome to the Conservation Decisions team website.

The Conservation Decisions team (CSIRO Land and Water) is a multi-disciplinary group with expertise in ecological modelling, systematic conservation planning, ecosystem services, applied mathematics, artificial intelligence, and decision theory. We are members of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, the CompSustNet research network sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Environment Research Program’s Research Hub for Environmental Decisions.

We’re pioneering techniques in optimal resource allocation, cost-effectiveness analysis, expert elicitation, value of information, multi-objective optimisation and adaptive management. We apply our expertise to diverse problems to inform the recovery of endangered species, management of pests, invasive species and diseases, design of conservation reserves, medical decision making, freshwater resource management and the prioritization of threat management to conserve biodiversity in a rapidly changing world.

Our motivation is to solve pressing global decision problems. We do this by connecting big and small data with decision science to determine what actions to take, when and where to get the best outcomes for our bucks, while taking into account the many other competing needs of society.

We’re led by Dr Iadine Chades, Research Scientist at CSIRO Land and Water and at the INRA Applied Mathematics and Computer Science department, France.

Research scientists:
Josie Carwardine, Iadine Chadès, John Dwyer (UQ/CSIRO), Cameron Fletcher, Sam Nicol, Jennifer Firn (QUT/CSIRO)

Postdoctoral fellow:
Rocio Ponce-Reyes, Yann Dujardin, Chris Baker

PhD and undergraduate students:
Jamine Lee (UQ/Antarctic Division/CSIRO), Martin Peron (QUT/CSIRO), Hui Xiao (UQ/CSIRO/INRA), Reuben Ross (QUT), Alexandre Garcin (SupAero)

Visiting scientists:
Eve McDonald-MaddenChrystal Mantyka-Pringle

Previous team members/visitors:
Ramona Maggini, Jean-Baptiste Pichancourt, Arthur Le Rhun, Belinda Walters, Yvonne Buckley, Tara Martin, Jonathan Rhodes, Richard Schuster, Tyler Flockhart, Richard Fuller, Nick Murray, Benjamin Rumeau, Simon Horb, Marc-Antoine Coindreau, Laszlo Jalladeau

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