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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.