Professor Kerrie Wilson

Director of CEED

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
k.wilson2@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52829
0432844079

Overview

Professor Kerrie Wilson is an ARC Future Fellow at The University of Queensland (UQ), Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, and an Affiliated Professor in Conservation Science at The University of Copenhagen. Kerrie holds a degree in Environmental Science (First Class Honours, awarded in 1999) from UQ and a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Melbourne in 2004 undertaken in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre located in Cambridge. Kerrie has previously held leadership positions with non-government organisations including Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy Australia. Her research interests include applied conservation resource allocation problems, analysing the socio-political and institutional factors that influence investment success in conservation, and quantifying the conservation benefits of investments (in terms of biodiversity and ecosystem services). Her research has been published in high impact journals such as Nature and Science and involves collaborations with governmental and NGOs at local, national and global levels. She teaches in Conservation Biology and Climate Change courses at UQ, supervises an amazing team of research higher degree students. She has received numerous national awards, including two Australian Research Council Research Fellowships, an Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Young Researcher, the Prime Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, the Australian Academy of Science Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science.

Discussion with prospective collaborators and post-graduate students and post-docs regarding research opportunities that exist in the lab are welcomed.

Research Interests

  • Conservation
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Restoration

Research Impacts

Dr Wilson was the UQ node leader of the National Environmental Research Program Environmental Decisions hub and is a Key Personnel with the National Environmental Science Program Threatened Species Research hub. These hubs undertake research on terrestrial biodiversity in a wide range of environments to assist government agencies to protect and restore Australia' biodiversity. The research includes new tools, data, models and authoritative syntheses that enable Australian governments to make evidence-based decisions to halt, then reverse, the decline in biodiversity.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons), The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Martinez-Harms, Maria Jose, Bryan, Brett A., Figueroa, Eugenio, Pliscoff, Patricio, Runting, Rebecca K. and Wilson, Kerrie A. (2017) Scenarios for land use and ecosystem services under global change. Ecosystem Services, 25 56-68. doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.03.021

  • Hagger, Valerie, Dwyer, John and Wilson, Kerrie (2017) What motivates ecological restoration?. Restoration Ecology, . doi:10.1111/rec.12503

  • Runting, Rebecca K., Bryan, Brett A., Dee, Laura E., Maseyk, Fleur J. F., Mandle, Lisa, Hamel, Perrine, Wilson, Kerrie A., Yetka, Kathleen, Possingham, Hugh P. and Rhodes, Jonathan R. (2017) Incorporating climate change into ecosystem service assessments and decisions: a review. Global Change Biology, 23 1: 28-41. doi:10.1111/gcb.13457

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Research projects are developed collaboratively with students. Most students combine empirical work with theoretical, statistical and/or spatial modelling. Broadly, any topic that addresses a question related to conservation ecology is potentially of interest (from conservation planning and prioritization to monitoring and evaluation – see www.wilsonconservationecology.com) across terrestrial, marine and freshwater systems.

    If you would like to discuss potential projects and scholarship applications, email k.wilson2@uq.edu.au

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Wilson, Kerrie A., England, Jacqueline and Cunningham, Shaun (2016). Biodiversity indicators need to be fit for purpose. In Justin Garson, Anya Plutynski and Sahotra Sarkar (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of philosophy of biodiversity (pp. 229-240) London: Routledge.

  • Knight, Andrew T., Rodrigues, Ana. S. L., Strange, Niels, Tew, Tom and Wilson, Kerrie A. (2013). Designing effective solutions to conservation planning problems. In David W. Macdonald and Katherine J. Willis (Ed.), Key topics in conservation biology 2 (pp. 362-383) London, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell. doi:10.1002/9781118520178.ch20

  • Bode, M., Wilson, K. A . and Possingham, H. P. (2012). Biodiversity hotspots. In Encyclopedia of sustainability: ecosystem management and sustainability (pp. 222-223) Barrington, United States: Berkshire Publishing Group.

  • Wilson, Kerrie A., Lulow, Megan, Burger, Jutta and McBride, Marissa F. (2012). The economics of restoration. In David Lamb, Palle Madsen and John Stanturf (Ed.), Forest landscape restoration: integrating natural and social sciences (pp. 215-231) New York, NY, United States: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-5326-6_11

  • Watson, James E. M., Grantham, Hedley S., Wilson, Kerrie A. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2011). Systematic conservation planning: Past, present and future. In Richard J. Ladle and Robert J. Whittaker (Ed.), Conservation biogeography (pp. 1956-1976) London , U. K.: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781444390001.ch6

  • Wilson, Kerrie A., Bode, Michael, Grantham, Hedley and Possingham, Hugh P. (2010). Prioritizing trade-offs in conservation. In Nigel Leader-Williams, William M. Adams and Robert J. Smith (Ed.), Trade-offs in conservation: Deciding what to save (pp. 17-34) Oxford, U.K. ; Hoboken, NJ., U.S.A.: Wiley Blackwell. doi:10.1002/9781444324907.ch2

  • Murdoch, William, Bode, Michael, Hoekstra, Jon, Kareiva, Peter, Polasky, Steve, Possingham, Hugh P. and Wilson, Kerrie A. (2010). Trade-offs in identifying global conservation priority areas. In Nigel Leader-Williams, William M. Adams and Robert J. Smith (Ed.), Trade-offs in conservation: Deciding what to save (pp. 35-55) Oxford, U.K. ; Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell. doi:10.1002/9781444324907.ch3

  • Possingham, Hugh P., Moilanen, Atte and Wilson, Kerrie Wilson (2009). Accounting for habitat dynamics in conservation planning. In Atte Moilanen, Kerrie A. Wilson and Hugh P. Possingham (Ed.), Spatial conservation prioritization quantitative methods and computational tools (pp. 135-144) United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Knight, Andrew T., Cowling, Richard M., Possingham, Hugh P. and Wilson, Kerrie A. (2009). From theory to practice: Designing and situating spatial prioritization approaches to better implement conservation action.. In A. Moilanen, K. A. Wilson and H. P. Possingham (Ed.), Spatial conservation prioritization. Quantitative methods & computational tools (pp. 249-259) United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Wilson, Kerrie A., Cabeza, Mar and Klein, Carissa J. (2009). Fundamental concepts of spatial conservation prioritization. In Atte Moilanen, Kerrie A. Wilson and Hugh Possingham (Ed.), Spatial conservation prioritization: Quantitative methods and computational tools (pp. 16-27) Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.

  • Moilanen, A., Possingham, H.P. and Wilson, K.A. (2009). Spatial conservation prioritization: Past, present and future. In Atte Moilanen, Kerrie A. Wilson and Hugh P. Possingham (Ed.), Spatial conservation prioritization. Quantitative methods & computational tools (pp. 260-268) United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Wilson, Kerrie, Possingham, Hugh, Martin, Tara G. and Grantham, Hedley S. (2008). Key concepts. In Jeff A. Ardron, Hugh P. Possingham and Carissa J. Klein (Ed.), Marxan good practices handbook (pp. 18-23) Vancouver, Canada: Pacific Marine Analysis and Research Association.

  • Game, Eddie, Carwardine, Josie, Wilson, Kerrie, Watts, Matt, Klein, Carissa and Possingham, Hugh (2007). How to integrate cost, threat and multiple actions into conservation planning for reserves and stewardship. In Martin Taylor and Penelope Figgis (Ed.), Protected areas: buffering nature against climate change (pp. 97-99) Sydney, NSW, Australia: WWF-Australia.

  • Wilson, K. A. and Newton, A. C. (2007). Identification of priority areas for conservation in South Central Chile. In K. A. Wilson and A. C. Newton (Ed.), Biodiversity Loss and Conservation in Fragmented Forest Landscapes: The Forests of Montane Mexico and Temperate South America (pp. 314-334) Wallingford, UK ; Cambridge, MA: CABI. doi:10.1079/9781845932619.0314

  • Possingham, H., Wilson, K. A., Andelman, S. J. and Vynne, C. H. (2006). Protected areas: Goals, limitations, and design. In Martha J. Groom, Gary K. Meffe and C. Ronald Carroll (Ed.), Principles of Conservation Biology 3rd ed. ed. (pp. 507-549) Sunderland, Massachusetts, U.S.: Sinauer Associates.

  • Possingham, H., Franklin, J., Wilson, K. A. and Regan, T. J. (2005). The roles of spatial heterogeneity and ecological processes in conservation planning. In Gary M. Lovett, Clive G. Jones, Monica G. Turner and Kathleen C. Weathers (Ed.), Ecosystem Function in Heterogeneous Landscapes (pp. 389-406) New York, U.S: Springer. doi:10.1007/0-387-24091-8_19

  • Kasperson, Roger, E., Dow, Kirstin, Archer, Emma, R.M., Caceras, E., Downing, Thomas, E., Elmqvist, Tomas, Eriksen, Siri, Folke, Carle, Han, Guoyi, Iyengar, Kavita, Vogel, Coleen, Wilson, Kerrie Ann and Ziervogel, Gina (2005). Vulnerable peoples and places. In Hassan, Rashid M, Scholes, R J and Ash, Neville (Ed.), Ecosystems and human well-being: Current state and trends findings of the condition and trends working group (pp. 146-162) Washington, U.S.: Island Press.

  • Wilson, Kerrie (2002). Chile's temperate forest. In Simon Blyth, Brian Groombridge, Igor Lysenko, Lera Miles and Adrian Newton (Ed.), Mountain watch: environmental change and sustainable development in mountains (pp. 50-50) Cambridge, United Kingdom: United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Broch, Stine Wamberg, Strange, Niels and Wilson, Kerrie A. (2010). How spatial variation influences landowner willingness to provide ecosystem services. In: Finn Helles and Petrine Steen Nielsen, Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Scandinavian Society of Forest Economics. Biennial Meeting of the Scandinavian Society of Forest Economics, Gelleleje, Denmark, (121-126). 19-22 May 2010.

  • McBride, Marissa, Wilson, Kerrie Ann, Bode, M. and Possingham, H. P. (2007). Incorporating the effects of socioeconomic uncertainty into priority setting for conservation investment. In: Gary K. Meffe, Conservation Biology: Proceedings of the European Congress of Conservation Biology. 1st European Congress of Conservation Biology, Malden, Massachusetts. U.S.A., (1463-1474). 2007. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2007.00832.x

  • McBride, M., Wilson, K. A. and Possingham, H. (2005). Incorporating Investment Uncertainty into the Prioritisation of Conservation Resource Allocation. In: Andre Zerger and Robert M Argent, MODSIM05 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. MODSIM05, Melbourne, (2505-2511). 12-15 December 2005.

  • Newton, A. C., Wilson, K. and Echeverr­a, C. M. (2004). Assessing the vulnerability of forests to environmental change. In: Smithers, Richard, Proceedings of Landscape Ecology of Trees and Forests. 12th Annual IALE (U.K.) Conference: Landscape Ecology of Trees and Forests, Cirencester, U.K., (176-186). 21-24 June 2004.

Other Outputs

  • Kragt, M. E., Blackmore, L., Capon, T., Robinson, C. J., Torabi, N. and Wilson, K. A. (2014). What are the barriers to adopting carbon farming practices?. 1407, School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Western Australia.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Research projects are developed collaboratively with students. Most students combine empirical work with theoretical, statistical and/or spatial modelling. Broadly, any topic that addresses a question related to conservation ecology is potentially of interest (from conservation planning and prioritization to monitoring and evaluation – see www.wilsonconservationecology.com) across terrestrial, marine and freshwater systems.

    If you would like to discuss potential projects and scholarship applications, email k.wilson2@uq.edu.au