Dr Nayomi Attanayake
Nayomi is interested in integrating statistical modelling, risk analysis and cost calculations, specifically in assessing time-to-failure data and probabilistic decision making. She completed her PhD at CEBRA in 2020.
Professor Mark Burgman
Mark is the Director of the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College in London, UK, the former Director of CEBRA, and a Professorial Fellow with 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. Mark was the director of CEBRA, and before that, ACERA, from its inception up until 2016.
Dr Gayan Dharmarathne
Gayan is interested in exploring the statistical aspects of analysing data from expert elicited experiments. Gayan was a CEBRA PhD student who graduated in 2019.
Jane is a Senior Lecturer in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne. She specialises in species distribution models, statistical models that describe relationships between the occurrence or abundance of species and the environment. Jane has made outstanding original academic contributions to species modelling by authoring highly cited guides to methods, helping develop and extend methods appropriate for typical data types, and testing methods and exploring their uncertainties. Past projects include conservation and invasive species applications, and explorations of model tuning, evaluation and uncertainties. She was awarded the 2016 Fenner Medal.
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.
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 Rezvan Hatami
Rezvan is an environmental scientist. She specialises in causal modelling in the context of environmental risk assessment. Her main research interests are in aspects of natural resources, water management, environmental science, statistics, and ecology.
Dr Victoria Hemming
Victoria specialises in structured expert judgment, decision making, risk assessment, and monitoring evaluation. Her work spans ecology, biosecurity, and engineering design. She completed her PhD at CEBRA in 2019.
Jess is the R & D Biosecurity Co-ordinator at Hort Innovation. Jess has extensive experience in biosecurity stakeholder liaison, having formerly worked at CEBRA for seven years.
Dr Tracey Hollings
Tracey is an ecologist at the Arthur Rylah Institute and an honorary fellow of the University of Melbourne. Her research includes disease ecology in wildlife, biosecurity risk analysis, species distribution modelling and livestock demographic estimation for disease preparedness. She also has broad interests and experience in trophic cascades, threatened species conservation and mammalian fauna ecology.
Dr Decky Junaedi
Decky is interested in using knowledge of plant traits to inform invasive plant risk assessments of exotic flora for use in Botanic Gardens. He completed his PhD at CEBRA in 2017.
Dr Steve Lane
Steve is a data scientist at WorkSafe Geelong. His interests are in effective data communication, and in the preparation, collation and management of complex datasets. Steve was a deputy director of CEBRA from 2017–2019.
Mick is a Professor and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is interested in developing, evaluating and applying models to assist environmental management. His research spans many areas including detection of invasive and rare species, population dynamics, fire ecology, synthesis of ecological data, ecological indices, and environmental risk assessment.
Dr Matthew Malishev
Matthew's research interests lie in foraging theory, individual-based modelling, energetics, and predator-prey dynamics using state-space models. He finished his PhD at CEBRA in 2018.
Natasha is a data scientist with a MSc (computing) from Imperial College, London and a strong background in optimisation. Her experience is broad: Natasha has worked in a variety of industries, applying her computer science skills to a range of problems. Her interests lie in the application of optimisation, data analysis and machine learning to complex, real-world problems. Natasha was a research fellow at CEBRA from 2019–2021.
Dr Libby Rumpff
Libby is a leader in the field of structured decision making for natural resource management and conservation. Her work focuses on applying tools and techniques to help resolve the uncertainty that hampers decision-making. She brings together skills in plant ecology, decision theory, risk assessment, expert elicitation, facilitation, and model development.
Dr Thiripura Vino
Thiri is interested in modelling and estimating the implications of human mobility and close contact on infectious disease transmission in rural areas in the Northern Territory, Australia with imperfect data. Thiri completed her PhD at CEBRA in 2019.
Dr Jason Whyte
Jason is an applied mathematician and programmer with varied interdisciplinary experience in formalising underspecified problems. His interests include aspects of experimental design, optimisation, and mathematical modelling, such as delineating the regions of parameter space where a model exhibits specific behaviour. He has particular enthusiasm for scientific communication, including data visualisation. He was a research fellow at CEBRA from 2017–2021.
Brendan is a Professor and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is interested in uncertainty and environmental decision making. He publishes on technical and policy issues around conservation and natural resource management, including optimal conservation investment, optimal monitoring and adaptive management, systematic conservation planning, population viability analysis, and habitat modelling and mapping.