Dr Eve McDonald-Madden

Senior Lecturer (Environ Mgmt)

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
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Dr McDonald-Madden is an ARC Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Queensland and a Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, NESP Threatened Species Hub and is a founding member of UQ Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science. Her research is focused on improving environmental decision-making in complex systems.

To resolve questions in environmental decision-making her team uses a suite of analysis techniques that are largely novel to ecology and conservation. The foundation of our work is ‘Decision Theory’, a concept initially used to maximise the effectiveness of scarce military resources while dealing with the uncertainties always present in war. By investigating the use of techniques from fields such as manufacturing sciences, artificial intelligence research and economic theory her group hope to improve decision-making in the face of complexity that is inherent, but often ignored, in environmental problems, incorporating the social context of decisions, the complexity of interacting species and the uncertainty faced by decisions makers.

Eve’s groups work spans all forms of conservation decision-making including population management, organisational and government reporting, the management of interacting species, ecosystem services and conservation planning.

Dr McDonald-Madden completed her PhD at the University of Queensland (2009), prior to that she worked for the Victorian Government on biodiversity research and management whist completing a graduate diploma in Mathematics. She has two young children.


  • PhD, The University of Queensland


  • 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

  • Bonebrake, Timothy C., Brown, Christopher J., Bell, Johann D., Blanchard, Julia L., Chauvenet, Alienor, Champion, Curtis, Chen, I-Ching, Clark, Timothy D., Colwell, Robert K., Danielsen, Finn, Dell, Anthony I., Donelson, Jennifer M., Evengard, Birgitta, Ferrier, Simon, Frusher, Stewart, Garcia, Raquel A., Griffis, Roger B., Hobday, Alistair J., Jarzyna, Marta A., Lee, Emma, Lenoir, Jonathan, Linnetved, Hlif, Martin, Victoria Y., Mccormack, Phillipa C., Mcdonald, Jan, Mcdonald-Madden, Eve, Mitchell, Nicola, Mustonen, Tero, Pandolfi, John M., Pettorelli, Nathalie, Possingham, Hugh, Pulsifer, Peter, Reynolds, Mark, Scheffers, Brett R., Sorte, Cascade J. B., Strugnell, Jan M., Tuanmu, Mao-Ning, Twiname, Samantha, Verges, Adriana, Villanueva, Cecilia, Wapstra, Erik, Wernberg, Thomas and Pecl, Gretta T. (2017) Managing consequences of climate-driven species redistribution requires integration of ecology, conservation and social science. Biological Reviews, . doi:10.1111/brv.12344

  • Moore, Alana L., Walker, Leila, Runge, Michael C., McDonald-Madden, Eve and McCarthy, Michael A. (2017) Two-step adaptive management for choosing between two management actions. Ecological Applications, 27 4: 1210-1222. doi:10.1002/eap.1515

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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • McDonald-Madden, E., Baxter, P. W. J. and Possingham, H. P. (2011). Robust conservation decision-making. In: First International Symposium on Uncertainty Modeling and Analysis and Management (ICVRAM 2011); and Fifth International Symposium on Uncertainty Modeling and Anaylsis (ISUMA) , Hyattsville, Maryland, United States, (945-952). 11-13 April 2011. doi:10.1061/41170(400)115

  • Probert, W.J.M., McDonald-Madden, E., Hauser, C.E., Baxter, P.W.J. and Possingham, H.P. (2009). Knowledge gain or system benefit in environmental decision making?. In: R. S. Anderssen, R. D. Braddock and L. T. H. Newham, Proceedings of the 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. 18 World IMACS / MODSIM Congress, Cairns, Australia, (1788-1794). 13-17July 2009.

  • Cordwell, S. A. W., McDonald-Madden, E., Baxter, P. W. J. and Possingham, H. P. (2007). Predator management in a two-patch system. In: Oxley, L. and Kulasiri, D., MODSIM07 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation "Land, Water and Environmental Management : Integrated Systems for Sustainability". International Congress on Modelling and Simulation Land, Water & Environmental Management: Integrated Systems for Sustainability, Christchurch, (2230-2236). 10-13 Dec 2007.

  • McDonald-Madden, E., Chades, I, McCarthy, M. A., Wintle, B. and Possingham, H. P. (2007). Should I spread my risk or concentrate my efforts: Is triage of a subpopulation ever the best decision?. In: L. Oxley and D. Kulasiri, Natural Resources and Biodiversity Management. International Congress on Modelling and Simulation Land, Water & Environmental Management: Integrated Systems for Sustainability, Christchurch, New Zealand, (2244-2249). 10-13 Dec 2007.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision