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.

Associate Professor Jane Elith

Dr Jane ElithJane 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. Her current projects include conservation and invasive species applications, and explorations of model tuning, evaluation and uncertainties.

Dr Anca Hanea

Anca HaneaAnca 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 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 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 Richard Bradhurst

Dr Richard BradhurstRichard Bradhurst is a Research Fellow in the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis. He is interested in the fusion of multiple modelling approaches (equation-based, agent-based and cellular automata), to produce epidemiologically authentic and computationally tractable simulations of the spatiotemporal spread and control of emergency animal diseases. He collaborates with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries, ANU, CSIRO and the EuFMD Commission within the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. Previously, he spent over 20 years as a software/firmware engineer on large mission/life critical projects in both Australia and North America. Projects included SCADA, a submarine combat system, civilian and military automated air traffic control systems, and tactical communication systems for the Canadian, British and United States military.

Martina Hoffmann

Martina HoffmannMartina Hoffmann is a statistical research assistant at the University of Melbourne. After completing the graduate program at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), Martina worked in Border Compliance at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) in Canberra. Her work at CEBRA focuses primarily on biosecurity-related questions.

Dr Aaron Dodd

Dr Aaron DoddAaron is an ecologist and research fellow at the University of Melbourne. His research typically applies 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.

Dr James Camac

James is a quantitative ecologist and Research Fellow in the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis. 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 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 Jason Whyte

Jason is an applied mathematician and programmer with varied interdisciplinary experience in formalising underspecified problems. His interests include aspects of experimental design, optimization, 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.

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