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Our Governance

At the core of the Centre exists a team of dedicated academics and professionals with a shared willingness to drive conservation efforts into the future.

Executive Management

    Associate Professor Phill Cassey

    Centre Director & Associate Head of the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Adelaide

    Phill leads the Invasion Science & Wildlife Ecology Group at the University of Adelaide's Environmental Institute. As a global change biologist, he brings critical analytical techniques to the study of applied ecology, wildlife conservation and biosecurity risk management; areas characterised by complexity and uncertainty. He is internationally recognised as an invasion scientist and leader in biosecurity risk management.

    Research Interests: Conservation & Biodiversity |  Invasive Species Ecology |  Wildlife & Habitat Management

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      Professor Kristofer Helgen

      Centre Deputy Director & Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide

      Kris is an expert on mammal evolution and conservation. His practical biodiversity research focuses on documenting the richness of life, exploring global change, and contributing to important problems in biomedicine. He has worked professionally in more then 50 countries (especially Asia-Pacific, sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas), and has documented and named dozens of previously overlooked species of living mammals.

      Research Interests: Mammal Evolution |  Taxonomy  |  Conservation & Biodiversity

      Advisory Committee

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        Dr. Ramesh Raja Segaran

        Centre Advisor & Director of URAF, University of Adelaide

        Ramesh is director of the Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility at the University of Adelaide. He studies the application of remote sensing technologies, including the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for environmental monitoring and precision agriculture. He is an expert in augmenting field data collection methods with emerging technologies and decision support tools for conservation and agriculture.

        Research Interests:  Extremely High Resolution Remote Sensing |  Agricultural & Conservation Technologies

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          Dr. Tracy A. Farrell, PhD

          Centre Advisor & Vice President, Strategies and Development, Asia-Pacific Field Division, Conservation International

          Tracy has developed and lead cross-cutting initiatives in the areas of fresh water, ecosystem services and wildlife trade. She has created research agendas, strategic directions and business plans to refine CI's niche and partnership approach to address institutional priorities.

          Specialities:  Freshwater Management | Conservation Finance  |  Landscape & Watershed Planning

            Dr. Richard Jeo, PhD

            Centre Advisor & Senior Vice President, Asia-Pacific Field Division, Conservation International

            Richard brings more then 20 years of experience working in conservation and conservation science across the globe to he's role. He oversees strategies and outcomes in 13 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. He has led programs with The Nature Conservancy that permanently protect more then 250,000 acres of critically important private lands and played a leadership role in some of the largest successful conservation deals ever completed. This includes the 2009 Great Bear Rainforest agreements with Coastal First Nations in Canada that encompassed more then 21 million acres, as well as the $500 million Montana Legacy project that transferred more then 310,000 acres of forest to public ownership.

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              Virginia Simpson

              Centre Advisor & Development Manager, Greater Mekong and Timor Leste, Conservation International

              Virginia (Gin) has worked across a range of natural resource management and conservation issues in the Asia Pacific over the past 20 years, including community-based ecotourism in Bali, Indonesia, capacity building of local NGOs in PNG and Timor Leste through the Australian Conservation Foundation, and most recently managing a program of freshwater and tropical forest conservation for CI in Cambodia.

              Specialities:  Donor Engagement | Open Standards for the Practise of Conservation | Conservation-focused Community Development

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                Molly Hennekam

                Centre Advisor & Business Unit Manager for URAF, University of Adelaide

                Molly is an applied ecologist working with drone technology to explore novel techniques in conservation research and management. She is the business unit manager for the Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility at the University of Adelaide.

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                  Nadia Meakin

                  Centre Administration Support Officer, University of Adelaide

                  Nadia assists with managing the activities and communication for the Centre. She also manages the social media, website, event coordination and information gathering/distribution. If you would like to know more about the Centre you can contact her for further information.

                  Centre for Applied Conservation Science

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                  North Terrace Campus
                  SA 5005 AUSTRALIA


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