Dr Justine Shaw

Research Fellow

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 52491


Justine Shaw is a Research Fellow examining conservation decision making in the terrestrial Antarctica and sub-Antarctic, with a particular focus on non-native species. Her position is a collaborative one between EDG, the University of Queensland and the Australian Antarctic Division. Justine is currently examining the risks posed by non-native species to Antarctic protected areas, examining the interactions between indigenous and non-native species, and investigating how invasive species influence ecosystem function. Justine is interested in the role of invasive vertebrates as drivers of invasive plant distribution and abundance, and how these change over time, space and management regimes. She is interested in ways of dealing with uncertainty in large scale eradication attempts.

Her previous research at the Centre for Invasion Biology (Stellenbosch University) has led to an ongoing interest on invasive species impacts on island ecosystems and island biogeography. Justine has worked in conservation biology for both state and federal governments. Her time in government has strengthened her belief in the value of evidence based decision making and its application in policy development. Through her research she hopes to further conservation of these last true wilderness areas.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania
  • Bachelor of Science(Honours), The University of Queensland


  • Lee, Jasmine R., Raymond, Ben, Bracegirdle, Thomas J., Chades, Iadine, Fuller, Richard A., Shaw, Justine D. and Terauds, Aleks (2017) Climate change drives expansion of Antarctic ice-free habitat. Nature, 547 7661: 49-54. doi:10.1038/nature22996

  • Pecl, Gretta T., Araujo, Miguel B., Bell, Johann D., Blanchard, Julia, Bonebrake, Timothy C., Chen, I-Ching, Clark, Timothy D., Colwell, Robert K., Danielsen, Finn, Evengard, Birgitta, Falconi, Lorena, Ferrier, Simon, Frusher, Stewart, Garcia, Raquel A., Griffis, Roger B., Hobday, Alistair J., Janion-Scheepers, Charlene, Jarzyna, Marta A., Jennings, Sarah, Lenoir, Jonathan, Linnetved, Hlif I., Martin, Victoria Y., McCormack, Phillipa C., McDonald, Jan, Mitchell, Nicola J., Mustonen, Tero, Pandolfi, John M., Pettorelli, Nathalie, Popova, Ekaterina, Robinson, Sharon A., Scheffers, Brett R., Shaw, Justine D., Sorte, Cascade J. B., Strugnell, Jan M., Sunday, Jennifer M., Tuanmu, Mao-Ning, Verges, Adriana, Villanueva, Cecilia, Wernberg, Thomas, Wapstra, Erik and Williams, Stephen E. (2017) Biodiversity redistribution under climate change: impacts on ecosystems and human well-being. Science, 355 6332: . doi:10.1126/science.aai9214

  • Wauchope, Hannah S. , Shaw, Justine D. , Varpe, Oystein, Lappo, Elena G. , Boertmann, David, Lanctot, Richard B. and Fuller, Richard A. (2017) Rapid climate-driven loss of breeding habitat for Arctic migratory birds. Global Change Biology, 23 3: 1085-1094. doi:10.1111/gcb.13404

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Book Chapter

  • Shaw, Justine D. (2013). Southern Ocean Islands invaded: conserving biodiversity in the world’s last wilderness. In Llewellyn C. Foxcrof, Petr Pysek, David M. Richardson and Piero Genovesi (Ed.), Plant invasions in protected areas: patterns, problems and challenges (pp. 449-470) Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-7750-7_20

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Wauchope, H., Shaw, J., Varpe, Ø, Boertmann, D. and Fuller, R. (2015). Environmental niche modelling for polar species using MaxEnt. In: Dag Vongraven, Assessing vulnerability of flora and fauna in polar areas. Vulnerability Symposium, Tromsø, Norway, (39-43). 3-4 November 2014.

  • Cooper, J., Cuthbert, R. J., Gremmen, N. J. M., Ryan, P. G. and Shaw, J. D. (2011). Earth Fire and Water: applying novel techniques to eradicate the invasive procumbent pearlwort Sagina procumbens, on Gough Island, a World Heritage Site in the South Atlantic. In: C. R. Veitch, M. N. Clout and D. R. Towns, Island nvasives: eradication and management: proceedings of the International Conference on Island Invasives. International Conference on Island Invasives, Auckland, New Zealand, (162-165). 2010.

  • Bergstrom, D., Tweedie, C. and Shaw, J. D. (1999). How will plants at the polar front respond to climate change?. In: Plant Response to climate change: Integration of ITEX discoveries. 9th ITEX Meeting, Marriott Hotel, East Lansing, MI, (29-29). January 5 - 7, 1999.

  • Erskine, P. D., Bergstrom, D., Schmidt, S., Stewart, G., Tweedie, C. and Shaw, J. D. (1999). Royal fertilizer at the polar front. In: Plant Response to climate change: Integration of ITEX discoveries. 9th ITEX Meeting, Marriott Hotel, East Lansing, MI, (35-35). January 5 - 7, 1999.

  • Misiak, W., Bergstrom, D. and Shaw, J. D. (1999). Soil seed banks on subantarctic Macquarie Island. In: Plant Response to climate change: Integration on ITEX discoveries. 9th ITEX Meeting, Marriott Hotel, East Lansing, MI, (53-53). January 5 - 7, 1999.

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