Jessica Walsh


Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Zoology,
University of Cambridge 2011-2015

Bachelor of Science Hons (First Class) Ecology & Zoology,
University of Queensland 2006-2009


Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences,
Monash University, 2019 – current

Leading various projects on evidence synthesis, ecosystem-based management, evaluating management effectiveness and conservation decision making.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow,
Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science,
University of Queensland, 2018-2019

Evaluating the effectiveness of conservation management actions for Australian woodland birds, such as tree planting and grazing management, using a systematic review and data synthesis. I also developed methods for evaluating the cost-effectiveness of biodiversity offset actions. These projects were funded by the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Earth 2 Oceans Group, Simon Fraser University,  2016-2018

Investigating the relationship between salmon and provision of ecosystem services in the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, and interactions with ecosystem-based management.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Quantitative Fisheries Lab, Simon Fraser University, 2015-2016

I tested whether ‘data-limited’ stock assessment models can be used to assess and manage unassessed fisheries globally, using management strategy evaluation methods. This was part of an international working group coordinated by Conservation International and funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Horizon Scanning & Research Prioritization Workshop facilitator, 2011-2014

Lead facilitator at the SCAR Antarctic Horizon Scan and facilitator for three other research prioritization exercises, organising pre-workshop training, data management, active scribing and writing publications.

Research Assistant, Spatial Ecology Lab,
University of Queensland, 2010-2011

Collected and analyzed data and co-authored a report commissioned by Commonwealth of Australia on threatened species trends and effectiveness of threatened species recovery planning.