Jessica Rowland

Research Fellow

Jess is a conservation scientist focused evaluating the effectiveness of conservation actions and understanding risks to ecosystems to inform environmental policy and management. She is currently developing rapid evidence review methods to evaluate the effectiveness of management actions to inform the conservation of threatened ecosystems. Jess is also conducting Red List of Ecosystems assessments for Australian alpine ecosystems and exploring how to effectively incorporate the impacts of climate change in ecosystem risk assessments.

In 2020, Jess completed her PhD at Deakin University supervised by A/Prof. Emily Nicholson and Dr. Lucie Bland. Her thesis explored how change in ecosystems is measured from local-scale ecosystem studies through to global-level biodiversity monitoring. She developed biodiversity indicators to improve our understanding of the status of ecosystems and to support ecosystem conservation and management worldwide. These ecosystem indicators capture changes in risk to ecosystems and the spatial distribution and health of ecosystems and are being considered as global policy indicators for the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

Jess’ masters research at the University of Melbourne aimed to increase our understanding of the thermal properties of nest-boxes compared to tree-hollows to improve conservation-management efforts for our native wildlife under a rapidly changing climate.

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Main research themes

  • Conservation decision making
  • Evidence-based conservation
  • Threatened ecosystems