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Researcher: Adams, VM (Dr Vanessa Adams)

Fields of Research

Environmental Management
Conservation and Biodiversity
Environment Policy
Natural Resource Management
Land Use and Environmental Planning
Environment and Resource Economics
Fisheries Management
Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Speciation and Extinction
Ecosystem Function
Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Invasive Species Ecology
Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
Social and Cultural Geography
Agricultural Land Management
Wildlife and Habitat Management
Sustainable Agricultural Development
Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment
Environmental Education and Extension
Forestry Management and Environment
Terrestrial Ecology
Natural Hazards

Research Objectives

Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards
Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Ecological Economics
Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
Fisheries - Aquaculture
Urban Land Policy
Institutional Arrangements for Environmental Protection
Rural Water Evaluation (incl. Water Quality)
Wild Caught Fin Fish (excl. Tuna)
Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage
Expanding Knowledge in Economics
Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments
Natural Hazards in Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas in Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Rights to Environmental and Natural Resources (excl. Water Allocation)
Fisheries - Wild Caught
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Environmental Management Systems
Sustainability Indicators
Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of environments
Climate Change Adaptation Measures
Land and Water Management of environments
Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management
Documentation of Undescribed Flora and Fauna
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments
Cultural Understanding
Environmental Education and Awareness
Native Forests
Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Climate and Climate Change
Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A guideline to improve qualitative social science publishing in ecology and conservation journals; Ecology and Society
A multidisciplinary conceptualization of conservation opportunity; Conservation Biology
A new approach to the problem of overlapping values: a case study in Australia's Great Barrier Reef; Ecosystem Services
A novel habitat-based approach to predict impacts of marine protected areas on fishers; Conservation Biology
Adaptive Marine Protected Area Planning and Management: Research progress and gaps
Aligning marine spatial conservation priorities with functional connectivity across maritime jurisdictions; Conservation Science and Practice
Allowing tradition, not weeds, to flourish in Kakadu National Park Northern Territory, Australia
An Info-Gap Model to Examine the Robustness of Cost-Efficient Budget Allocations; 1st International Conference on Vulnerability and Risk Assessment and Management
Approaches to strategic risk analysis and management of invasive plants: lessons learned from managing gamba grass in northern Australia; Pacific Conservation Biology
Australia's protected area network fails to adequately protect the world's most threatened marine fishes; Global Ecology and Conservation
Bigger or better: the relative benefits of protected area network expansion and enforcement for the conservationof an exploited species; Conservation Letters
Breaking the deadlock on ivory; Science
Can Management Actions Within the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area Network Serve to Meet Fiji's National Goal to Protect 30% of Inshore Marine Areas by 2020?
Catchment-scale governance in Northern Australia: a preliminary evaluation; Journal of Social and Economic Policy
Characterizing spatial uncertainty when integrating social data in conservation planning; Conservation Biology
Consequences matter: compassion in conservation means caring for individuals, populations and species; Animals
Conservation Oceania style: highlighting Oceania's unique approaches to conservation; Pacific Conservation Biology
Conserving biodiversity and Indigenous bush tucker: practical application of the strategic foresight framework to invasive alien species management planning; Conservation Letter
Designing connected marine reserves in the face of global warming; Global Change Biology
Designing, implementing and managing marine protected areas: emerging trends and opportunities for coral reef nations; Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Dispersal connectivity and reserve selection for marine conservation; Ecological Modelling
Distribution, demography and dispersal model of spatial spread of invasive plant populations with limited data; Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Efficient and equitable design of marine protected areas in Fiji through inclusion of stakeholder-specific objectives in conservation planning; Conservation Biology
Estimating land and conservation management costs: the first step in designing a stewardship program for the Northern Territory; Biological Conservation
Estimating landholders’ probability of participating in a stewardship program, and the implications for spatial conservation priorities; PLoS One
Estimating the benefit of well-managed protected areas for threatened species conservation; Oryx
Estimating the financial risks of Andropogon gayanus to greenhouse gas abatement projects in northern Australia; Environmental Research Letters
Estimating the financial risks of Andropogon gayanus to greenhouse gas abatement projects in northern Australia
Evidence-based guidelines for prioritizing investments to meet international conservation objectives; One Earth
Expanding the role of social science in conservation through an engagement with philosophy, methodology, and methods; Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Extending the protected area system: How much will it cost?; Australia Protected Area Congress 2008
Extinct flagships: linking extinct and threatened species; Oryx
How much does it cost to expand a protected area system? Some critical determining factors and ranges of costs for Queensland; PLoS One
Impact evaluation and conservation outcomes in marine protected areas: A case study of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park; Biological Conservation
Impacts of the Moreton Bay Marine Park rezoning on commercial fishermen; Marine Policy
Implementation strategies for systematic conservation planning; Ambio
Importance of the seed bank for population viability and population monitoring in a threatened wetland herb; Biological Conservation
Improving social acceptability of marine protected area networks: a method for estimating opportunity costs to multiple gear types in both fished and currently unfished areas; Biological Conservation
Information uncertainty influences conservation outcomes when prioritizing multi-action management efforts; Journal of Applied Ecology
Integrated cross-realm planning: a decision-makers' perspective; Biological Conservation
Land-sea conservation assessment for Papua New Guinea
Making time for space: the critical role of spatial planning in adapting natural resource management to climate change; Environmental Science and Policy
Marine Opportunity Costs: a method for calculating opportunity costs to multiple stakeholder groups
Marine protected area management costs: an analysis of options for the Coral Sea
Measuring benefits of protected area management: trends across realms and research gaps for freshwater systems; Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Mental models for conservation research and practice; Conservation Letters
Messaging matters: A systematic review of the conservation messaging literature; Biological Conservation
Navigating the fiery debate: the role of scientific evidence in eliciting policy and management responses for contentious plants in northern Australia; Pacific Conservation Biology
Navigating trade-offs in land-use planning: integrating human well-being into objective setting; Ecology and Society
Opportunity costs: who really pays for conservation?; Biological Conservation
Optimal dynamic control of invasions: applying a systematic conservation approach; Ecological Applications
Outcomes report from provincial planning meeting, 20-21 September 2010
Perceived and projected flood risk and adaptation in coastal Southeast Queensland, Australia; Climatic Change
Perception matrices: an adaptation of repertory grid technique; Land Use Policy
Pilot Marine Spatial Assessment Tool: Evaluating options for assessing and balancing marine use change within Tasmanian coastal waters using a spatial assessment tool. Pilot Study – South and West of Bruny Island
Planning across freshwater and terrestrial realms: cobenefits and tradeoffs between conservation actions; Conservation Letter
Planning for success: Why conservation programs need a strategic program for recovering species; Conservation Science and Practice
Planning for the future: Combining spatially-explicit public preferences with tenure policies to support land-use planning; Land Use Policy
Prioritising mangrove ecosystem services results in spatially variable management priorities; PLoS One
Promise and problems for estimating management costs of marine protected areas; Conservation Letter
Purpose, policy, and practice: intent and reality for on-ground management and outcomes of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park; Marine Policy
Recasting shortfalls of marine protected areas as opportunities through adaptive management; Aquatic Conservation
Research advances and gaps in marine planning: towards a global database in systematic conservation planning; Biological Conservation
Research priorities for conservation and natural resource management in Oceania's small-island developing states; Conservation Biology
Restoration priorities to achieve the global protected area target; Conservation Letters
Security and equity of conservation covenants: contradictions of private protected area policies in Australia; Land Use Policy
Shared personal reflections on the need to broaden the scope of conservation social science; People and Nature
Shortfalls in conservation evidence: moving from ecological effects of interventions to policy evaluation; One Earth
Spatial prioritisation for management of gamba grass (Andropogon gayanus) invasions: accounting for social, economic and environmental values; Australasian Weeds Conference
Standardized reporting of the costs of management interventions for biodiversity conservation; Conservation Biology
Synthesis and review: delivering on conservation promises: the challenges of managing and measuring conservation outcomes
Terrestrial protected areas of Australia; Austral Ark: The State of Wildlife in Australia and New Zealand
The need for spatially explicit quantificationof benefits in invasive-species management; Conservation Biology
Thinking globally, acting locally – conservation lessons from Oceania; Pacific Conservation Biology
Uncertainties around the implementation of a clearing control policy in a unique catchment in Northern Australia: exploring equity issues and balancing competing objectives; PLoS One
Using multiple methods to understand the nature of relationships in social networks; Society and Natural Resources
Using optimal land-use scenarios to assess trade-offs between conservation, development, and social values; PLoS One
Using quantitative influence diagrams to map natural resource managers' mental models of invasive species management; Land Use Policy
Weighing the benefits of expanding protected areas versus managing existing ones; Nature Sustainability
Where do national and local conservation actions meet? Simulating the expansion of ad hoc and systematic approaches to conservation into the future in Fiji; Conservation Letter

Research Projects

Management of pollination services in the Tasmanian Midlands: Native vegetation as a vector of native pollinators in crops and a nectar resource for managed bees; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Organic Soils: Tools for Fire Management; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Systematics and biogeography of the Australian scoparline moths (Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Scopariinae); Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
South and West of Bruny Spatial Assessment
A method for identifying high-priority areas in northern Australia for threat abatement and species recovery investments
Activity 2. Flammable Grasses, Fire management for northern Australia
Activity 2. Flammable Grasses, Fire management for northern Australia
Climate change impacts on pest plants.
Decision making and planning for Natural Resource Management
Fulbright Fellowship
Multi-objective planning in Northern Australia: co-benefits and trade-offs between environmental, economic, and cultural outcomes
Plant Sure Decision Support Tool Review and Design
Review and Integration of the Terrestrial and Marine Program of Works on Protected Areas (priority setting for biodiversity conservation in Papua New Guinea)
Review of models, frameworks and decision support tools
Saving our Species – Review of Species Allocated to the Keep Watch Management Stream
Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship

Research Candidate Supervision