Dr Tracy Rout

Research Fellow

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science


I am a Senior Research Fellow in the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub and an affiliate of the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science. I apply methods from decision science to analyse and solve ecological management problems. My areas of interest are:

  • Eradication of invasive species
  • Adaptive management
  • Translocation and captive breeding

I am currently working on modelling the optimal timing of management relocations for species threatened by climate change, and developing decision tools for initiating captive breeding programmes.

Prior to my appointment at UQ, I was an ARC Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne (2011-2014), which is also where I completed my PhD in 2010.

Research Impacts

  • My analysis, decision support, and ongoing engagement with the eradication programme for foxes on Phillip Island, Victoria, helped ensure their successful eradication in 2017.
  • My analysis and decision support helped managers in the Save the Tasmanian Devil program successfully remove diseased devils from Forestier Peninsula in Tasmania and reintroduce a small, healthy population of devils.
  • I have a special interest in the use of Structured Decision Making processes in environmental management, and have facilitated stakeholder workshops on case studies ranging from mitigating threats to an endangered species, prioritising control of invasive species, and managing fishery closures.


  • PhD, University of Melbourne


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Book Chapter

  • Rout, Tracy M. (2017). Declaring eradication of an invasive species. In Invasive Species: Risk Assessment and Management (pp. 334-347) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781139019606.017

  • Hauser, Cindy E. and Rout, Tracy M. (2017). Optimising resource allocation. In Andrew P. Robinson, Terry Walshe, Mark A. Burgman and Mike Nunn (Ed.), Invasive species: risk assessment and management (pp. 294-307) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781139019606.015

  • Runge, Michael C., Rout, Tracy M., Spring, Daniel A. and Walshe, Terry (2017). Value of information analysis as a decision support tool for biosecurity. In Invasive species: risk Assessment and management (pp. 308-333) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781139019606.016

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Firn, J., Rout, T., Possingham, H. and Buckley, Y. M. (2008). Optimising weed control by considering disturbance. In: 16th Australian Weeds Conference Proceedings. Weed Management 2008. Hot Topics in the Tropics, Cairns, Australia, (379-382). 18-22 May, 2008.

  • Firn, Jennifer L., Rout, Tracy M., Possingham, Hugh P. and Buckley, Yvonne M. (2007). Target the cause and simplify the control: Integrating disturbance into weed management. In: Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Joint Meeting of the 92nd Ecological-Society-of-American/Society-for-Ecological-Restoration, San Jose, CA, USA, (). 5-10 August, 2007.

  • Rout, T., Hauser, C. E. and Possingham, H. (2005). Optimal Translocation Strategies for Threatened Species. In: Andrew Zerger and Robert M. Argent, Advances and Applications for Management and Decision Making. International Congress on Modelling and Simulation MODSIM05, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, (2096-2101). 12-15 December 2005.