Dr Ali Chauvenet

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science


I completed my PhD as a joint student of Imperial College London and the Institute of Zoology (ZSL) late 2012. During this time I worked on improving the practice of species translocations as a conservation and potential climate change adaptation tool using a breadth of approaches from survival analysis, through predictive population modelling to species distribution modelling. I then moved on to an Ecological Modeller position in the National Wildlife Management Team, which is part of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, in the UK. There, I worked on the management of several UK species, including combining capture-mark-recapture analyses and population dynamics modelling to investigate and predict the dynamics of bat species; developing a systematic method to map the distribution and estimate the abundance of UK mammal species; using spatially-explicit disease modelling to investigate the efficiency of various control methods on a potential rabies outbreak in foxes in Britain; using spatially-explicit simulations to quantify the efficiency of current monitoring methods for the wild boar in England. Simultaneously, I was also working part-time as a postdoc at ZSL on developing a framework to measure natural capital and ecosystem services using remote sensing.

I started my current position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UQ in October 2014. While I am continuing to pursue my interests developed so far, my role at UQ is to tackle big questions in conservation, starting by how we should design Protected Areas for optimal results for species and habitat protection.

I serve as Associate Editor for the journal Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation.

Research Interests

  • Current interests
    I am a quantitative ecologist with a keen interest in optimal decision-making whose research is about enhancing our knowledge and implementation of species conservation and management using state-of-the-art techniques. At present, my research focuses how to design Protected Areas under global environmental change, maximising their benefits and minimising costs, while ensuring that we reach our goals for biodiversity and habitats. I am also interested in how translocations can be successfully used as a conservation tool under climate change; the impact of climate change on species population dynamics; and how to design better management programmes for threatened species.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Imperial College London


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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Chauvenet, Alienor L. M., Canessa, Stefano and Ewen, John G. (2016). Setting Objectives and Defining the Success of Reintroductions. In David S. Jachowski, Joshua J. Millspaugh, Paul L. Angermeier and Rob Slotow (Ed.), Reintroduction of Fish and Wildlife Populations (pp. 105-121) Oakland, CA, United States: University of California Press.

  • Chauvenet, Alienor L. M., Parlato, Elizabeth H., Gedir, Jay V. and Armstrong, Doug P. (2015). Advances in modelling projections for reintroduced populations. In Doug P. Armstrong, Matthew W. Hayward, Dorian Moro and Philip J. Seddon (Ed.), Advances in Reintroduction Biology of Australian and New Zealand Fauna (pp. 91-103) Clayton South, Victoria, Australia: CSIRO Pubishing.

  • Seddon, Philip J., Moro, Dorian, Mitchell, Nicola, Chauvenet, Alienor L. M. and Mawson, Peter R. (2015). Proactive conservation or planned invasion? Past, current and future use of assisted colonisation. In Armstrong, Doug P, Hayward, Matthew W, Moro, Dorian and Seddon, Philip J (Ed.), Advances in Reintroduction Biology of Australian and New Zealand Fauna (pp. 105-126) Clayton South, Victoria, Australia: CSIRO Pubishing.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision