This work is funded by a ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellowship (DECRA), for my project Road to Recovery: Evidence-based Conservation of Threatened Ecosystems.

The project aims to develop a standardised framework at assess conservation success and recovery potential for ecosystems globally. I’m combining ecological theory, expert elicitation, evidence synthesis and prioritisation techniques, in collaboration with an international working group. The goal is to provide a tool that assists decision-makers in tracking progress of past conservation actions and plan for effective recovery of threatened ecosystems.

This work links with the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration and will contribute to the post-2020 targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity. It also aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 Life Below Water and Goal 15 Life on Land.

PhD opportunity: Evidence-based recovery of threatened ecosystems. Please email Jessica for more information. Position to be filled asap.

Other projects related to the ecosystem recovery theme

  • Javiera Olivares Rojas‘ PhD project looking at trade-offs between species-based vs ecosystem-based prioritisation approaches
  • Sabrina Gray-Viggiano’s Honours thesis evaluating the recovery objectives of Australia’s threatened ecological communities using the SMART criteria
  • The Australian Alpine Peatland Horizon Scan, led by Dr Joslin Moore and Dr Jess Rowland


Rowland JA, Bracey C, Moore JL, Cook CN, Bragge P, Walsh JC. 2021. Effectiveness of conservation interventions globally for degraded peatlands in cool-climate regions. Biological Conservation 263:109327. For a more concise, user-friendly factsheet, see the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub summary.

Gray-Viggiano S. 2020. How SMART are Australian recovery plan objectives? A review of threatened ecological communities’ recovery plans across management scales. Monash University. [email Jessica for a copy]

Australian alpine peatlands: annotated bibliography of conservation management interventions, Atlas of Living Australia, 2022.