The importance of looking after our freshwater ecosystems
Freshwater is among the most threatened ecosystems, with wildlife declining faster than in the oceans or on land.
Dr Tara Martin is a principal research scientist with CSIRO and adjunct Professor with University of British Columbia, Canada and University of Queensland, Australia.
Dr Martin is a pioneer in the field of optimal conservation resource allocation, combining ecological models with decision theory to develop frameworks for making more efficient and effective biodiversity conservation decisions in the face of global change.
Her development of methods to incorporate informative priors from data and elicited from experts into Bayesian predictive models have been widely adopted along with her advancement of techniques for modelling zero-inflated data-sets. In the field, Tara has over 15 years experience researching the complex interactions between herbivore grazing systems and the persistence of bird and plant assemblages.
Her current research interests include:
- planning for carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation
- conservation decision making under climate change
- expert elicitation and use of priors in Bayesian models
- optimal management of invasive species and endangered species
- active adaptive management and decision making under uncertainty
- prioritizing the threat management of imperiled biodiversity