Dr Amelia Wenger

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science

Overview

Increasing development in tropical regions provides new economic opportunities that can improve livelihoods. But it threatens the functional integrity and ecosystem services provided by terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems when conducted unsustainably. My research identifies and critically assesses management gaps and conservation solutions to benefit both nature and people in coastal communities. An interdisciplinary approach that emphasises the ecological and social connectivity of systems and the need for cross-sector collaboration is paramount to all of my research. This approach ensures that I am producing the knowledge and tools that communities, conservation organizations, and governments need to balance conservation and development goals.

Research Impacts

A central tenet of my research program is to collaborate effectively to produce the knowledge and tools that communities, conservation organizations, and governments need to balance conservation and development goals. I have a proven track-record nationally and internationally of achieving this aim since arriving at UQ. For instance, my research on the effects of dredging on marine fisheries led to the world’s first evidence-based management guidelines for protecting coastal fisheries from dredging activities and were developed in close partnership with the Western Australian government. My research on understanding the impacts of logging on downstream resources in the Solomon Islands is being used by local managers and stakeholders as a way to garner support for the creation of the largest protected area in the history of the country. In recognition of my contribution to science and conservation, I was appointed as a Conservation Fellow by Wildlife Conservation Society in 2018.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, James Cook University

Publications

  • Brown, Christopher J., Jupiter, Stacy D., Albert, Simon, Anthony, Kenneth R. N., Hamilton, Richard J., Fredston-Hermann, Alexa, Halpern, Benjamin S., Lin, Hsien-Yung, Maina, Joseph, Mangubhai, Sangeeta, Mumby, Peter J., Possingham, Hugh P., Saunders, Megan I., Tulloch, Vivitskaia J. D., Wenger, Amelia and Klein, Carissa J. (2019) A guide to modelling priorities for managing land-based impacts on coastal ecosystems. Journal of Applied Ecology, . doi:10.1111/1365-2664.13331

  • Brodie, J., Grech, A., Pressey, B., Day, J., Dale, A.P., Morrison, T. and Wenger, A. (2019). The Future of the Great Barrier Reef: The Water Quality Imperative. In Eric Wolanski, John W. Day, Michael Elliott and Ramesh Ramachandran (Ed.), Coasts and estuaries: the future (pp. 477-499) Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/b978-0-12-814003-1.00028-9

  • Bainbridge, Z., Lewis, S., Bartley, R., Fabricius, K., Collier, C., Waterhouse, J., Garzon-Garcia, A., Robson, B., Burton, J., Wenger, A. and Brodie, J. (2018) Fine sediment and particulate organic matter: a review and case study on ridge-to-reef transport, transformations, fates, and impacts on marine ecosystems. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 135 1205-1220. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.08.002

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Brodie, J., Grech, A., Pressey, B., Day, J., Dale, A.P., Morrison, T. and Wenger, A. (2019). The Future of the Great Barrier Reef: The Water Quality Imperative. In Eric Wolanski, John W. Day, Michael Elliott and Ramesh Ramachandran (Ed.), Coasts and estuaries: the future (pp. 477-499) Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/b978-0-12-814003-1.00028-9

  • Wenger, Amelia S., Fabricius, Katharina, Jones, Geoffrey and Brodie, Jon (2015). Effects of sedimentation, eutrophication, and chemical pollution on coral reef fishes. In Camilo Mora (Ed.), Ecology of fishes on coral reefs (pp. 145-153) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9781316105412.017

Journal Article