Associate Professor Jonathan Rhodes

Associate Professor

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 56838


Associate Professor Jonathan Rhodes is an applied ecologist working at the interface between ecology and policy to improve and better understand decision-making for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services. He is based in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at The University of Queensland (UQ). He received his PhD in Ecology in 2005 and has been employed at UQ since 2007. Jonathan has a particular interest in understanding how dynamic landscape and climate change drives biodiversity and ecosystem services outcomes, and the implications of this for effective environmental decision-making under uncertainty. He is also interested in optimal monitoring and quantifying the benefits of investment in learning and research for environmental outcomes. His work has applications across a wide range of scales from local to global and in both urban and rural landscapes.

Research Interests

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
    Jonathan is interested in understanding the effect of human-caused landscape change and climate change on wildlife, biodiversity and ecosystem services. He works on developing landscape scale models of how landscape structure influences biodiversity and ecosystem services in both rural, urban and coastal landscapes. By integrating these models with data this work has answered critical questions about the interaction between threat processes and ecological and social processes operating at a range of scales.
  • Conservation Decision-making and Planning
    A key focus of Jonathan’s work is the application of our understanding of drivers of change in environmental systems to decision-making a policy formulation. He uses decision science approaches to achieve this and works closely with end-users (especially government) to maximise impact and uptake. This work has made important contributions to understanding appropriate management and policy for koalas, coastal planning and linear infrastructure planning.
  • Value of Information and Optimal Monitoring
    Environmental policy and planning relies on information to make informed choices and Jonathan is interested in how we can better design investment in monitoring data and research to maximise environmental benefits. His work in this area focusses on monitoring design in complex socio-ecological systems and how research should be prioritised in these systems.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Kent.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (hons), University of East Anglia


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Rhodes, Jonathan R. (2015). Mixture models for overdispersed data. In Gordon A. Fox, Simoneta Negrete-Yankelevich and Vinicio J. Sosa (Ed.), Ecological statistics: contemporary theory and application (pp. 284-308) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672547.001.0001

  • McAlpine, Clive A., Seabrook, Leonie, Morrison, Tiffany H. and Rhodes, Jonathan R. (2013). Strengthening landscape ecology's contribution to a sustainable environment. In Bojie Fu and K. Bruce Jones (Ed.), Landscape Ecology for Sustainable Environment and Culture (pp. 21-37) Dordrecht , The Netherlands: Springer Netherlands. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-6530-6_2

  • McAlpine, Clive A., Bowen, Michiala E. and Rhodes, Jonathan R. (2010). Landscape and regional perspectives from eastern Australia. In David Lindenmayer, Andrew Bennett and Richard Hobbs (Ed.), Temperate woodland conservation and management (pp. 231-240) Collingwood, Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing.

  • Jonathan R. Rhodes, McAlpine, Clive A., Zuur, A. F., Smith, G. M. and Ieno, E. N. (2009). GLMM applied on the spatial distribution of koalas in a fragmented landscape. In Alain F. Zuur, Elena N. Ieno, Neil J. Walker, Anatoly A. Saveliev and Graham M. Smith (Ed.), Mixed effects models and extensions in ecology with R (pp. 469-492) New York , U.S.A.: Springer.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Chades, I., Tarnpolskaya, T., Dunstall, S., Rhodes, J. R. and Tulloch, A. (2015). A comparison of adaptive management and real options approaches for environmental decisions under uncertainty. In: T. Weber, M. J. McPhee and R. S. Anderssen, MODSIM2015: 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (1056-1062). 29 November to 4 December 2015.

  • Bunton, J. D., Ernst, A. T., Hanson, J. O., Beyer, H. L., Hammill, E., Runge, C. A., Venter, O., Possingham, H. P. and Rhodes, J. R. (2015). Integrated planning of linear infrastructure and conservation offsets. In: T. Weber, M. J. McPhee and R. S. Anderssen, MODSIM2015: 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (1427-1433). 29 November to 4 December 2015.

  • McAlpine, Clive A., Price, Bronwyn, Seabrook, Leone, Rhodes, Jonathan, Bowen, Michiala, Powell, Owen, Ryan, Justin, Hosking, Christine, Dahl, Kelsey, Smith, Andrew, Robertson, Oliver and Butler, Sarah (2009). How do we make landscape ecology an integrated, problem solving science?. In: Abstracts: Concurrent Oral Presentations. 10th International Congress of Ecology (INTECOL). 10th International Congress of Ecology (INTECOL), Brisbane, Australia, (). 16-21 August 2009.

  • Hosking, Christine, Moss, P., MacAlpine, C., Rhodes J. and Grantham, H. (2008). Regional conservation network planning for widely distributed species: A Koala Phascolarctos cinereus case study. In: ESA 08: 33rd Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference. Interactions in Science, Interactions in Nature, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (). 1-5 December 2008.

  • Seabrook, L., McAlpine, C., Baxter, G., Bradley, A., Rhodes, J., Price, B. and Lunney, D (2008). The conservation of widely distributed species: Implications of the differences between western and eastern koala populations. In: Proceedings of the Australian Rangelands Society 15th Biennial Conference. The Australian Rangelands Society, 15th Biennial Conference, Charters Towers, Australia, (). 28th September - 2nd October, 2008.

  • Hayes, D., Fulton, E., Condie, S.A., Rhodes, J., Porter-Smith, R., Astles, K. and Cui, G. (2007). Ecosystem modelling, a tool for sustainable regional development. In: Lex Oxley and Don Kulasiri, MODSIM 2007 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. MODSIM 2007, Christchurch, New Zealand, (2806-2812). 10-13 December 2007.

  • McAlpine, C. A., Callaghan, J., Lunney, D., Bowen, M. E., Rhodes, J. R., Mitchell, D.L. and Possingham, H. (2005). Conserving South-East Queensland Koalas: How much habitat is enough?. In: Proceedings of the SEQ Biodiversity Conference. SEQ Biodiversity Conference 2004, Gatton, Queensland, (11-17). 30 June - 2 July, 2004.

  • Rhodes, J. R., McAlpine, C. A., Lunney, D. and Callaghan, J. (2005). Evaluating natural resource management strategies under parameter uncertainty: An outranking approach applied to koala conservation. In: Andre Zerger and Robert M. Argent, International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. MODSIM 2005 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Melbourne, Australia, (2540-2546). 12-15 December 2005.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision