Chief investigators

Prof. Mark Burgman (CEBRA Director)

Prof. Mark Burgmann

Mark is the Adrienne Clarke Chair of Botany at the University of Melbourne. He is interested in the representation and propagation on uncertainty, and on elicitation of expert judgment. He works on ecological modelling, conservation biology and risk assessment. His research has included models on a broad range of species and settings including marine fisheries, forestry, irrigation, electrical power utilities, mining, and national park planning.

Assoc. Prof. Andrew Robinson (CEBRA Deputy Director)

Dr Andrew Robinson

Andrew is Deputy Director of CEBRA and reader and associate professor in applied statistics. Andrew focuses on ways of making and using measurements, with particular interests in both biosecurity and forestry. This topic carries him through applications of sampling theory, experimental design, statistical modeling, simulation, risk analysis, and decision making.

Dr. Susie Hester

Dr Susie Hester

Susie is an applied economist and a Senior Research Fellow in the Business School at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW. Her research interests include using bioeconomic modelling to solve issues related to pest and disease management, understanding the value of passive surveillance in biosecurity, tools for post-border surveillance of pests and diseases, and impact assessment of biosecurity investments.

Prof. Tom Kompas

Prof. Tom Kompas

Tom is a specialist in the economics of biosecurity, with a recent emphasis on optimal surveillance, environmental costs and benefits, and the allocation of investments across the spectrum of biosecurity threats and measures.  Along with being a Chief Investigator in the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA), he is also Director of the Centre for Environmental and Economic Research (CEER) at the University of Melbourne, a research consulting group that supports CEBRA, and has dedicated much of his time and effort to public policy in Australia.  Until recently, he was a part-time Senior Economist at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE), a Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities project leader on biosecurity and Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.  He also serves as the Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Biosecurity and Environmental Economics at the ANU and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.