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Professor Pressey is Chief Investigator, ecological modeller at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at JCU. He is also a conservation planner with extensive experience in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments. His experience includes seven years as a private environmental consultant, working mainly on survey and conservation evaluation of freshwater wetlands and nineteen years as a research scientist with the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service, focused on semi-arid and forest ecosystems.

Associate Professor Allan Dale is the Leader of Tropical Regional Development at The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, and before that he was CEO of Terrain NRM for the Wet Tropics Region. He is currently Chair of Regional Development Australian Far North Queensland and Torres Strait, and accesses an international network of research expertise in the NRM governance field, with strong linkages to Charles Darwin University, Griffith University and CSIRO.

Prior to taking up the position of Water Quality Scientist at JCU, Jon Brodie spent some years as a lecturer in chemistry at Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane) and at the University of the South Pacific (Suva, Fiji). For the past 30 years, his interests have been in environmental research and consultancy and the management of marine and freshwater pollution in Australia and overseas.

Dr. Susan Laurance completed a PhD at the University of New England followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the NASA Large-scale Biosphere Atmosphere Experiment in the Amazon (2002-2004) and the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama (2004-2006). She is currently a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and has been a Tropical Leader and Senior Lecturer based at the School of Marine and Tropical Biology at James Cook University in Cairns since 2010.

Dr. Norm Duke is a mangrove ecologist and professorial research fellow based at the Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) at James Cook University. Prior to this, he held research positions with the University of Queensland, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the Queensland Fisheries Service, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, Central America.

Professor Natalie Stoeckl is with the Faculty of Law, Business and Creative Arts and the Cairns Institute at James Cook University. She describes herself as an economist with a keen interest in the environmental and social/distributional issues associated with economic growth. Natalie has extensive experience with a variety of non-market valuation techniques.

Dr. Marshall currently leads the Northern Australian chapter of the Social and Economic Sciences Program at CSIRO, and manages a portfolio of projects across a range of primary industries, including cattle grazing, farming, tourism and commercial fishing as well as coastal communities along the Great Barrier Reef. Her research focuses on the relationship between people and natural resources for the purposes of better understanding how strategies can be developed that protect environmental goals whilst minimising any associated social impacts.

Dr. Heupel is an ARC Future Fellow jointly based at AIMS and JCU. Her postdoctoral experience includes a period at the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida where she was a principal researcher in the Elasmobranch Behavioral Ecology Program. She is currently a member of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee, a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, and acts as a Subject Editor for the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Fisheries.

Dr. Luke Shoo is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland. Dr. Shoo has worked on a wide range of systems from mountaintop birds in tropical cloud forests to naturally regenerating rainforest in former agricultural landscapes. He has a strong interest in topical conservation issues including prioritisation of conservation actions to reduce tropical deforestation and restore degraded environments, and management of biodiversity under climate change.

Dr. Justin Welbergen joined JCU’s Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change as an ARC Senior Research Fellow in June 2011, after doctoral work on grey-headed flying foxes in northern New South Wales.


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