Dr Matthew Holden

Lecturer

Mathematics
Faculty of Science

Overview

Dr. Matthew Holden is an applied mathematician using dynamic models and decision theory to improve conservation planning when conservation benefits depend on how humans modify their behaviour in response to policy. Some of his projects include saving the African elephant from poaching for ivory and developing novel quantitative methods for invasive and threatened species management. He earned his PhD in Applied mathematics at Cornell University, winning a National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellowship to work on optimization problems in fisheries management, invasive species control, and sustainable agriculture. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, where he won the University Medal, working on the effect of habitat fragmentation on species persistence.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Applied Mathematics, Cornell University

Publications

  • Tulloch, Ayesha I. T., Auerbach, Nancy, Avery-Gomm, Stephanie, Bayraktarov, Elisa, Butt, Nathalie, Dickman, Chris R., Ehmke, Glenn, Fisher, Diana O., Grantham, Hedley, Holden, Matthew H., Lavery, Tyrone H., Leseberg, Nicholas P., Nicholls, Miles, O'Connor, James, Roberson, Leslie, Smyth, Anita K., Stone, Zoe, Tulloch, Vivitskaia, Turak, Eren, Wardle, Glenda M. and Watson, James E. M. (2018) A decision tree for assessing the risks and benefits of publishing biodiversity data. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2 8: 1209-1217. doi:10.1038/s41559-018-0608-1

  • Baker, Christopher M., Holden, Matthew H., Plein, Michaela, McCarthy, Michael A. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2018) Informing network management using fuzzy cognitive maps. Biological Conservation, 224 122-128. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2018.05.031

  • McGowan, Jennifer, Bode, Michael, Holden, Matthew H., Davis, Katrina, Krueck, Nils C., Beger, Maria, Yates, Katherine L. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2018) Correction to: Ocean zoning within a sparing versus sharing framework. Theoretical Ecology, 11 2: 255-255. doi:10.1007/s12080-018-0368-1

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Journal Article

  • Tulloch, Ayesha I. T., Auerbach, Nancy, Avery-Gomm, Stephanie, Bayraktarov, Elisa, Butt, Nathalie, Dickman, Chris R., Ehmke, Glenn, Fisher, Diana O., Grantham, Hedley, Holden, Matthew H., Lavery, Tyrone H., Leseberg, Nicholas P., Nicholls, Miles, O'Connor, James, Roberson, Leslie, Smyth, Anita K., Stone, Zoe, Tulloch, Vivitskaia, Turak, Eren, Wardle, Glenda M. and Watson, James E. M. (2018) A decision tree for assessing the risks and benefits of publishing biodiversity data. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2 8: 1209-1217. doi:10.1038/s41559-018-0608-1

  • Baker, Christopher M., Holden, Matthew H., Plein, Michaela, McCarthy, Michael A. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2018) Informing network management using fuzzy cognitive maps. Biological Conservation, 224 122-128. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2018.05.031

  • McGowan, Jennifer, Bode, Michael, Holden, Matthew H., Davis, Katrina, Krueck, Nils C., Beger, Maria, Yates, Katherine L. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2018) Correction to: Ocean zoning within a sparing versus sharing framework. Theoretical Ecology, 11 2: 255-255. doi:10.1007/s12080-018-0368-1

  • Biggs, Duan, Smith, Robert J., Adams, Vanessa M., Brink, Henry, Cook, Carly N., Cooney, Rosie, Holden, Matthew H., Maron, Martine, Phelps, Jacob, Possingham, Hugh P., Redford, Kent H., Scholes, Robert J., Sutherland, William J., Underwood, Fiona M. and Milner-Gulland, E. J. (2018) Ivory crisis: role of bioprinting technology (Response). Science, 360 6386: 277-278. doi:10.1126/science.aat1596

  • Braczkowski, Alexander, Holden, Matthew H., O'Bryan, Christopher, Choi, Chi-Yeung, Gan, Xiaojing, Beesley, Nicholas, Gao, Yufang, Allan, James, Tyrrell, Peter, Stiles, Daniel, Brehony, Peadar, Meney, Revocatus, Brink, Henry, Takashina, Nao, Lin, Ming-Ching, Lin, Hsien-Yung, Rust, Niki, Salmo, Severino G., Watson, James Em, Kahumbu, Paula, Maron, Martine, Possingham, Hugh P. and Biggs, Duan (2018) Reach and messages of the world's largest ivory burn. Conservation Biology, 32 4: 765-773. doi:10.1111/cobi.13097

  • McGowan, Jennifer, Bode, Michael, Holden, Matthew H., Davis, Katrina, Krueck, Nils C., Beger, Maria, Yates, Katherine L. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2018) Ocean zoning within a sparing versus sharing framework. Theoretical Ecology, 11 2: 245-254. doi:10.1007/s12080-017-0364-x

  • Biggs, Duan, Holden, Matthew H., Braczkowski, Alex, Cook, Carly N., Milner-Gulland, E. J., Phelps, Jacob, Scholes, Robert J., Smith, Robert J., Underwood, Fiona M., Adams, Vanessa M., Allan, James, Brink, H., Cooney, R., Gao, Y., Hutton, J., Macdonald-Madden, Eve, Maron, Martine, Redford, Kent H., Sutherland, William J. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2017) Breaking the deadlock on ivory. Science, 358 6369: 1378-1381. doi:10.1126/science.aan5215

  • Law, Elizabeth A., Ferraro, Paul J., Arcese, Peter, Bryan, Brett A., Davis, Katrina, Gordon, Ascelin, Holden, Matthew H., Iacona, Gwenllian, Marcos Martinez, Raymundo, McAlpine, Clive A., Rhodes, Jonathan R., Sze, Jocelyne S. and Wilson, Kerrie A. (2017) Projecting the performance of conservation interventions. Biological Conservation, 215 142-151. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2017.08.029

  • Holden, Matthew H. and McDonald-Madden, Eve (2017) Conservation from the grave: human burials to fund the conservation of threatened species. Conservation Letters, 11 1: e12421. doi:10.1111/conl.12421

  • Holden, Matthew H. and McDonald-Madden, Eve (2017) High prices for rare species can drive large populations extinct: the anthropogenic Allee effect revisited. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 429 170-180. doi:10.1016/j.jtbi.2017.06.019

  • Holden, Matthew H., Butt, Nathalie, Chauvenet, Alienor, Plein, Michaela, Stringer, Martin and Chades, Iadine (2017) Academic conferences urgently need environmental policies. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1 9: 1211-1212. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0296-2

  • Holden, Matthew H. and Ellner, Stephen P. (2016) Human judgment vs quantitative models for the management of ecological resources. Ecological Applications, 26 5: 1553-1565. doi:10.1890/15-1295

  • Biggs, Duan, Holden, Matthew H., Braczkowski, Alexander R. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2016) Elephant poaching: Track the impact of Kenya's ivory burn. Nature, 534 7606: 179-179. doi:10.1038/534179a

  • Holden, Matthew H., Nyrop, Jan P. and Ellner, Stephen P. (2016) The economic benefit of time-varying surveillance effort for invasive species management. Journal of Applied Ecology, 53 3: 712-721. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12617

  • Holden, Matthew H. and Conrad, Jon M. (2015) Optimal escapement in stage-structured fisheries with environmental stochasticity. Mathematical Biosciences, 269 76-85. doi:10.1016/j.mbs.2015.08.021

  • Low, Candace, Ellner, Stephen P. and Holden, Matthew H. (2013) Optimal control and cold war dynamics between plant and herbivore. American Naturalist, 182 2: E25-E39. doi:10.1086/670810

  • Holden, Matthew H., Ellner, Stephen P., Lee, Doo-Hyung, Nyrop, Jan P. and Sanderson, John P. (2012) Designing an effective trap cropping strategy: the effects of attraction, retention and plant spatial distribution. Journal of Applied Ecology, 49 3: 715-722. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02137.x

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision