Research fellows

Dr Edith Arndt

Edith Arndt

Edith is an alpine ecologist and research fellow at the University of Melbourne.  Her past research focused on investigating soil nitrogen pools and transformations in alpine ecosystems, as well as root nitrogen uptake, in relation to temperature and fire.  Working in the Victorian government in the areas of environmental monitoring, evaluation and outcome reporting, remote sensing, and data management have equipped her with an understanding of government processes and land management.  Her current work includes developing measures for assessing the health of the Australian biosecurity system and determining the level of confidence for the absence status of plant pests.


Dr Jan Carey

Dr Jan Carey

Jan is a marine ecologist and a research fellow in the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne. Her research draws together three major threads: benthic ecology; quantitative methods used to address ecological questions; and the management of man-made disturbances in natural environments.


Dr Yung En Chee

Dr Yung En Chee

Yung is a research fellow in the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests and experience lie in applying ecological and decision-analytic theory, models and methods to conservation and ecosystem/natural resource management problems. She currently works on several projects including: developing spatial and decision support tools to help design, evaluate and rank multi-action river restoration strategies, as well as interdisciplinary research on understanding user uptake of decision support models for natural resource management.


Matthew Chisholm

Matthew Chisholm


Dr Geoffrey Decrouez

Dr Geoffrey Decrouez

Geoffrey is a research fellow at the University of Melbourne. His research fields include probability, stochastic processes, statistics, and their applications in biosecurity. He is currently working on the statistical properties of estimators of performance indicators of interest to regulatory inspectorates, such as quarantine and border protection organizations.


Associate Professor Jane Elith

Dr Jane Elith

Jane Elith is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow based at the University of Melbourne. She specialises in methods for implementing and evaluating species distribution models with a focus on relevance to intended applications. Her current projects span terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems, and include invasive species and climate change applications.


Dr Fiona Fidler

Dr Fiona Fidler

Fiona is interested in how experts make decisions, including how scientists themselves collect, interpret and draw conclusions from their own data. She is an advocate of ethical statistical practice, and has worked to establish an evidence base for statistical reform in the biological and behavioural sciences. She is also interested in expert judgement and how to improve the performance of decision making groups.


Dr Anca Hanea

Anca Hanea

Anca is an applied mathematician and a research fellow at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests and experience lie in high dimensional dependence modelling, risk analysis, decision theory, probabilistic graphical models, and structured expert judgement. Her current research is focused on structured expert judgement elicitation and aggregation methods for Bernoulli distributed random variables.


Dr Tracey Hollings

Tracey Hollings

Tracey is an ecologist and research fellow at the University of Melbourne. Her research has centred around disease ecology in wildlife and more recently for biosecurity risk analysis. Her current work is based around species distribution modelling and use of remotely sensed imagery to aid livestock demographic estimation for disease preparedness. She also has broad interests and experience in trophic cascades, threatened species conservation and mammalian fauna ecology.


Dr Frith Jarrad

Dr Frith Jarrad

Frith is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She is interested in environmental management, biosecurity and decision making. Specifically, her research focuses on improving environmental outcomes through incorporating ecological modelling, data synthesis, expert elicitation and other techniques into tools for industry. Her current work includes decision making for resource allocation in environmental management, biosecurity surveillance for invasive species, impacts of climate change on plants, and threatened species conservation.


Dr Steve Lane

Steve is a data scientist and research fellow at the University of Melbourne. His interests are in effective data communication, and in the preparation, collation and management of complex datasets.



Dr Aidan Lyon

Dr Aidan Lyon

Aidan Lyon is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park. His areas of research include: Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Probability, Philosophy of Mathematics, Social Epistemology and Formal Epistemology. He also does some research in biosecurity intelligence with the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis and the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.


Dr Bonnie Wintle

Bonnie Wintle

Bonnie researches expert judgement, with a focus on improving scientific estimation and environmental decision making under severe uncertainty.