Chief Investigators

Professor Andrew Robinson (CEO)

Dr Andrew Robinson

Andrew is the CEO of CEBRA and reader and 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.



Professor 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.


Dr James Camac

James is a quantitative ecologist. His research has focused on examining how climate change and fire influence Australian alpine vegetation dynamics and how plant traits influence growth, mortality and fire recovery. James is currently working on: 1) developing statistical tools for quantifying confidence in pest freedom; and 2) developing risk maps of pest establishment.


Dr Aaron Dodd

Dr Aaron DoddAaron is an ecologist applying concepts drawn from ecology, epidemiology, risk analysis, decision theory and economics to inform biosecurity service delivery.  Aaron is currently working on potential approaches for estimating the value of complex biosecurity interventions with a view to informing large-scale resource allocation decisions.

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