Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Chair in Conservation Decisions







Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I like making problems … and getting someone else to solve them for me. My group is amorphous and fuzzy at the edges. Happy to work with anyone that has strong quantitative skills that is dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity or like birds. I have coauthored with over 400 people and supervised more than 50 PhD students. We are outcome focussed and our work helped stop land clearing in Australia, saving 10% of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions. We provided tools and knowledge for the rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef and Australia's entire EEZ creating a reserve system bigger than 3 million square km.

I completed Applied Mathematics Honours at The University of Adelaide in 1984. After attaining a Rhodes Scholarship I completed a D.Phil at Oxford University in 1987. Postdoctoral research periods followed at Stanford University and ANU (as an ARC QEII Fellow). First job, a Lectureship in Applied Mathematics at The University of Adelaide. In 1995 I was appointed Foundation Chair of the Department of Environmental Science at The University of Adelaide. Elected to The Australian Academy of Science in 2005. Prizes include Fenner medal, Australian maths society medal, two Eureka prizes.



Runting RK, Bryan BA, Dee LE, et al., 2017, Incorporating climate change into ecosystem service assessments and decisions: a review., Glob Chang Biol, Vol:23, Pages:28-41

Arnold S, Attinger S, Frank K, et al., 2016, Ecosystem Management Along Ephemeral Rivers: Trading Off Socio-Economic Water Supply and Vegetation Conservation under Flood Regime Uncertainty, River Research and Applications, Vol:32, ISSN:1535-1459, Pages:219-233

Atkinson SC, Jupiter SD, Adams VM, et al., 2016, Prioritising Mangrove Ecosystem Services Results in Spatially Variable Management Priorities., Plos One, Vol:11

Beher J, Possingham HP, Hoobin S, et al., 2016, Prioritising catchment management projects to improve marine water quality, Environmental Science & Policy, Vol:59, ISSN:1462-9011, Pages:35-43

Beyer HL, Dujardin Y, Watts ME, et al., 2016, Solving conservation planning problems with integer linear programming, Ecological Modelling, Vol:328, ISSN:0304-3800, Pages:14-22

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