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Dr Emily Nicholson

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer In Quantitative Ecology

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland, 2006

Biography

I develop theory and tools to make complex environmental problems tractable for decision-making. My key themes are forecasting change in biodiversity through scenario modelling, conservation planning, and global biodiversity policy, including the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems.

For more on my research and me, please visit my personal website: https://emilynicholson.wordpress.com/

And our group website – Deakin Conservation Science: www.conservationscience.org.au

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Publications

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2018

Satellite remote sensing of ecosystem functions: opportunities, challenges and way forward

N Pettorelli, H Schulte to Bühne, A Tulloch, G Dubois, C Macinnis-Ng, A Queirós, D Keith, M Wegmann, F Schrodt, M Stellmes, R Sonnenschein, G Geller, S Roy, B Somers, N Murray, L Bland, I Geijzendorffer, C Duncan, E Nicholson

(2018), Vol. 4, pp. 71-93, Remote sensing in ecology and conservation, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

The role of satellite remote sensing in structured ecosystem risk assessments

N Murray, D Keith, L Bland, R Ferrari, M Lyons, R Lucas, N Pettorelli, E Nicholson

(2018), Vol. 619-620, pp. 249-257, Science of the total environment, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Developing a standardized definition of ecosystem collapse for risk assessment

L Bland, J Rowland, T Regan, D Keith, N Murray, R Lester, M Linn, J Rodríguez, E Nicholson

(2018), Vol. 16, pp. 29-36, Frontiers in ecology and the environment, Washington, D.C., C1

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Selecting and applying indicators of ecosystem collapse for risk assessments

J Rowland, E Nicholson, N Murray, D Keith, R Lester, L Bland

(2018), Vol. 32, pp. 1233-1245, Conservation biology, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

A biodiversity-crisis hierarchy to evaluate and refine conservation indicators

D Driscoll, L Bland, B Bryan, T Newsome, E Nicholson, E Ritchie, T Doherty

(2018), pp. 775-781, Nature ecology and evolution, London, Eng., C1

journal

Monitoring biodiversity change through effective global coordination

L Navarro, N Fernández, C Guerra, R Guralnick, W Kissling, M Londoño, F Muller-Karger, E Turak, P Balvanera, M Costello, A Delavaud, G El Serafy, S Ferrier, I Geijzendorffer, G Geller, W Jetz, E Kim, H Kim, C Martin, M McGeoch, T Mwampamba, J Nel, E Nicholson, N Pettorelli, M Schaepman, A Skidmore, I Sousa Pinto, S Vergara, P Vihervaara, H Xu, T Yahara, M Gill, H Pereira

(2018), Vol. 29, pp. 158-169, Current opinion in environmental sustainability, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Assessing risks to marine ecosystems with indicators, ecosystem models and experts

L Bland, K Watermeyer, D Keith, E Nicholson, T Regan, L Shannon

(2018), Vol. 227, pp. 19-28, Biological conservation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Expanding the role of targets in conservation policy

Tim Doherty, Lucie Bland, Brett Bryan, Timothy Neale, Emily Nicholson, Euan Ritchie, Don Driscoll

(2018), pp. 1-3, Trends in ecology and evolution, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Optimal soil carbon sampling designs to achieve cost-effectiveness: a case study in blue carbon ecosystems

Mary Young, Peter Macreadie, Clare Duncan, Paul Carnell, Emily Nicholson, Oscar Serrano, Carlos Duarte, Glenn Shiell, Jeff Baldock, Daniel Ierodiaconou

(2018), Vol. 14, Biology letters, London, Eng., C1

journal

Optimal planning to mitigate the impacts of roads on multiple species

T Polak, E Nicholson, C Grilo, J Bennett, H Possingham

(2018), Journal of applied ecology, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal
2017

Cost and feasibility of a barrier to halt the spread of invasive cane toads in arid Australia: incorporating expert knowledge into model-based decision-making

D Southwell, R Tingley, M Bode, E Nicholson, B Phillips

(2017), Vol. 54, pp. 216-224, Journal of applied ecology, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Top-down control of species distributions: Feral cats driving the regional extinction of a threatened rodent in northern Australia

H Davies, M Mccarthy, R Firth, J Woinarski, G Gillespie, A Andersen, H Geyle, E Nicholson, B Murphy

(2017), Vol. 23, pp. 272-283, Diversity and distributions, London, Eng., C1

journal

Navigating uncertainty in environmental composite indicators

M Burgass, B Halpern, E Nicholson, E Milner-Gulland

(2017), Vol. 75, pp. 268-278, Ecological indicators, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

The use of range size to assess risks to biodiversity from stochastic threats

N Murray, D Keith, L Bland, E Nicholson, T Regan, J Rodríguez, M Bedward

(2017), Vol. 23, pp. 474-483, Diversity and distributions, London, Eng., C1

journal

Using multiple lines of evidence to assess the risk of ecosystem collapse

L Bland, T Regan, M Dinh, R Ferrari, D Keith, R Lester, D Mouillot, N Murray, H Nguyen, E Nicholson

(2017), Vol. 284, pp. 1-10, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: biological sciences, London, Eng., C1

journal

Linking biodiversity indicators with global conservation policy

E Nicholson, E Fulton, B Collen

(2017), pp. 182-195, Decision-making in conservation and natural resource management: models for interdisciplinary approaches, Cambridge, Eng., B1

chapter
2016

Global biodiversity indicators reflect the modeled impacts of protected area policy change

B Costelloe, B Collen, E Milner-Gulland, I Craigie, L Mcrae, C Rondinini, E Nicholson

(2016), Vol. 9, pp. 14-20, Conservation letters, London, Eng., C1

journal

Drivers of the distribution of fisher effort at Lake Alaotra, Madagascar

A Wallace, J Jones, E Milner-Gulland, G Wallace, R Young, E Nicholson

(2016), Vol. 44, pp. 105-117, Human ecology: an interdisciplinary journal, New York, N.Y., C1

journal

Species population trends in protected areas

B Collen, L McRae, E Nicholson, I Craigie, E Milner-Gulland, J Loh, S Whitmee

(2016), pp. 105-121, Protected areas: are they safeguarding biodiversity?, Chichester, Eng., B1

chapter
2015

A practical guide to the application of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems criteria

J Rodríguez, D Keith, K Rodríguez-Clark, N Murray, E Nicholson, T Regan, R Miller, E Barrow, L Bland, K Boe, T Brooks, M Oliveira-Miranda, M Spalding, P Wit

(2015), Vol. 370, pp. 1-9, Philosophical transactions b, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

Towards consistency, rigour and compatibility of risk assessments for ecosystems and ecological communities

E Nicholson, T Regan, T Auld, E Burns, L Chisholm, V English, S Harris, P Harrison, R Kingsford, M Leishman, D Metcalfe, P Pisanu, C Watson, M White, M White, R Williams, B Wilson, D Keith

(2015), Austral Ecology, C1-1

journal

The IUCN red list of ecosystems: motivations, challenges, and applications

D Keith, J Rodríguez, T Brooks, M Burgman, E Barrow, L Bland, P Comer, J Franklin, J Link, M Mccarthy, R Miller, N Murray, J Nel, E Nicholson, M Oliveira-Miranda, T Regan, K Rodríguez-Clark, M Rouget, M Spalding

(2015), Vol. 8, pp. 214-226, Conservation letters, Weinheim, Germany, C1

journal

Cost-effective assessment of extinction risk with limited information

L Bland, C Orme, J Bielby, B Collen, E Nicholson, M McCarthy

(2015), Vol. 52, pp. 861-870, Journal of applied ecology, Weinheim, Germany, C1

journal

Quantifying the short-term costs of conservation interventions for fishers at Lake Alaotra, Madagascar

A Wallace, E Milner-Gulland, J Jones, N Bunnefeld, R Young, E Nicholson

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-15, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal
2014

Conservation. Taking the measure of change

B Collen, E Nicholson

(2014), Vol. 346, pp. 166-167, Science, Washington, D.C., C1-1

journal

Integrating biological and social values when prioritizing places for biodiversity conservation

A Whitehead, H Kujala, C Ives, A Gordon, P Lentini, B Wintle, E Nicholson, C Raymond

(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 992-1003, Conservation biology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal
2013

Scientific foundations for an IUCN red list of ecosystems

D Keith, J Rodriguez, K Rodriguez-Clark, E Nicholson, K Aapala, A Alonso, M Asmussen, S Bachman, A Basset, E Barrow, J Benson, M Bishop, R Bonifacio, T Brooks, M Burgman, P Comer, F Comin, F Essl, D Faber-Langendoen, P Fairweather, R Holdaway, M Jennings, R Kingsford, R Lester, R Mac Nally, M McCarthy, J Moat, M Oliveira-Miranda, P Pisanu, B Poulin, T Regan, U Riecken, M Spalding, S Zambrano-Martinez

(2013), Vol. 8, pp. 1-25, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal

Testing the focal species approach to making conservation decisions for species persistence

E Nicholson, D Lindenmayer, K Frank, H Possingham

(2013), Vol. 19, pp. 530-540, Diversity and distributions, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

Extinction risk in cloud forest fragments under climate change and habitat loss

R Ponce-Reyes, E Nicholson, P Baxter, R Fuller, H Possingham

(2013), Vol. 19, pp. 518-529, Diversity and Distributions, London, Eng., C1-1

journal
2012

Making robust policy decisions using global biodiversity indicators

E Nicholson, B Collen, A Barausse, J Blanchard, B Costelloe, K Sullivan, F Underwood, R Burn, S Fritz, J Jones, L McRae, H Possingham, E Milner-Gulland

(2012), Vol. 7, pp. 1-10, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1-1

journal

IUCN red list of ecosystems

J Rodríguez, K Rodríguez-Clark, D Keith, E Barrow, J Benson, E Nicholson, P Wit

(2012), Vol. 5, pp. 60-70, Sapiens, Cherry Hill, N.J., C1-1

journal

New horizons for managing the environment: a review of coupled social-ecological systems modeling

M Schlüter, R McAllister, R Arlinghaus, N Bunnefeld, K Eisenack, F Hölker, E Milner-Gulland, B Müller, E Nicholson, M Quaas, M Stöven

(2012), Vol. 25, pp. 219-272, Natural resource modeling, London, Eng., C1-1

journal
2011

The impact of data realities on conservation planning

P De Ornellas, E Milner-Gulland, E Nicholson

(2011), Vol. 144, pp. 1980-1988, Biological conservation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal

Should payments for biodiversity conservation be based on action or results?

J Gibbons, E Nicholson, E Milner-Gulland, J Jones

(2011), Vol. 48, pp. 1218-1226, Journal of applied ecology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

The why, what, and how of global biodiversity indicators beyond the 2010 target

J Jones, B Collen, G Atkinson, P Baxter, P Bubb, J Illian, T Katzner, A Keane, J Loh, E McDonald-Madden, E Nicholson, H Pereira, H Possingham, A Pullin, A Rodrigues, V Ruiz-Gutierrez, M Sommerville, E Milner-Gulland

(2011), Vol. 25, pp. 450-457, Conservation biology, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal

Establishing IUCN red list criteria for threatened ecosystems

J Rodríguez, K Rodríguez-Clark, J Baillie, N Ash, J Benson, T Boucher, C Brown, N Burgess, B Collen, M Jennings, D Keith, E Nicholson, C Revenga, B Reyers, M Rouget, T Smith, M Spalding, A Taber, M Walpole, I Zager, T Zamin

(2011), Vol. 25, pp. 21-29, Conservation biology, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal
2010

Satellite imagery as a single source of predictor variables for habitat suitability modelling: how Landsat can inform the conservation of a critically endangered lemur

J Lahoz-Monfort, G Guillera-Arroita, E Milner-Gulland, R Young, E Nicholson

(2010), Vol. 47, pp. 1094-1102, Journal of applied ecology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

Using occupancy as a state variable for monitoring the critically endangered Alaotran gentle lemur Hapalemur alaotrensis

G Guillera-Arroita, J Lahoz-Monfort, E Milner-Gulland, R Young, E Nicholson

(2010), Vol. 11, pp. 157-166, Endangered species research, Oldendorf, Germany, C1-1

journal

Monitoring and conservation of the critically endangered Alaotran gentle lemur Hapalemur alaotrensis

G Guillera-Arroita, J Lahoz-Monfort, E Milner-Gulland, R Young, E Nicholson

(2010), Vol. 5, pp. 103-109, Madagascar conservation and development, Zurich, Switzerland, C1-1

journal
2009

Assessing the threat status of ecological communities

E Nicholson, D Keith, D Wilcove

(2009), Vol. 23, pp. 259-274, Conservation biology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

Priority research areas for ecosystem services in a changing world

E Nicholson, G Mace, P Armsworth, G Atkinson, S Buckle, T Clements, R Ewers, J Fa, T Gardner, J Gibbons, R Grenyer, R Metcalfe, S Mourato, M Muûls, D Osborn, D Reuman, C Watson, E Milner-Gulland

(2009), Vol. 46, pp. 1139-1144, Journal of applied ecology, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal

Application of population viability analysis to landscape conservation planning

S Beissinger, E Nicholson, H Possingham

(2009), pp. 33-49, Models for planning wildlife conservation in large landscapes, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, B1-1

chapter

Conservation prioritization using metapopulation models

E Nicholson, O Ovaskainen

(2009), pp. 110-121, Spatial conservation prioritisation: quantitative methods and computational tools, Ontario, Canada, B1-1

chapter
2007

Making conservation decisions under uncertainty for the persistence of multiple species

E Nicholson, H Possingham

(2007), Vol. 17, pp. 251-265, Ecological applications, Philadelphia, P.A., C1-1

journal

Principles of landscape design that emerge from a formal problem-solving approach

H Possingham, E Nicholson

(2007), pp. 520-535, Managing and designing landscapes for conservation: moving from perspectives to principles, B1-1

chapter
2006

Objectives for multiple-species conservation planning

E Nicholson, H Possingham

(2006), Vol. 20, pp. 871-881, Conservation biology, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal

A new method for conservation planning for the persistence of multiple species

E Nicholson, M Westphal, K Frank, W Rochester, R Pressey, D Lindenmayer, H Possingham

(2006), Vol. 9, pp. 1049-1060, Ecology letters, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal
2002

Community data - where does the value lie? Assessing confidence limits of community collected water quality data

E Nicholson, J Ryan, D Hodgkins

(2002), pp. 1-9, Proceedings of the 4th 2001 International River Symposium, Brisbane, Queensland, E1-1

conference

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Red listing ecosystems - testing the new global standard for conservation

Prof David Keith, Prof Richard Kingsford, Prof Mark Burgman, Dr Emily Nicholson, Dr Tony Auld, A/Prof Jon Rodriguez, Dr Tracey Regan, Dr Philip Pisanu, A/Prof Rebecca Lester

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2016: $5,940
  • 2015: $6,120
  • 2014: $5,940

Optimal management of coastal ecosystems for blue carbon sequestration

A/Prof Peter Macreadie, Dr Emily Nicholson, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Prof Catherine Lovelock

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2018: $115,775
  • 2017: $116,128
  • 2016: $53,392

Biodiversity indicators for better conservation decisions

Dr Emily Nicholson, Dr Ben Collen, Dr Elizabeth Fulton, Dr Simon Ferrier

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2018: $121,013
  • 2017: $152,257

Planning for economic development and biodiversity on the Tiwi Islands

Dr Emily Nicholson, Ms Kate Hadden, Dr Brett Murphy, Dr Margaret Ayre, Dr Jane Elith, Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita, Alan Anderson, Prof Brett Bryan, Prof Tom Kompas

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2018: $77,563

Other Public Sector Funding

Optimal management of coastal ecosystems for blue carbon sequestration

A/Prof Peter Macreadie, Dr Emily Nicholson, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Prof Catherine Lovelock

  • 2018: $20,000
  • 2017: $40,000

ARC Multi-inst Agreement student scholarship - Simone Stevenson

Dr Emily Nicholson, Ms Simone Stevenson

  • 2017: $17,500

Industry and Other Funding

Quantifying the connection between risks to ecosystems and risks to ecosystem services

Dr Emily Nicholson

  • 2018: $36,000
  • 2017: $22,192
  • 2016: $22,192

Optimal management of coastal ecosystems for blue carbon sequestration

A/Prof Peter Macreadie, Dr Emily Nicholson, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Prof Catherine Lovelock

  • 2018: $37,823
  • 2017: $132,900

Mapping on Ocean Wealth: Developing an economic framework for valuing Australia's Great Southern Seascapes

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, A/Prof Peter Macreadie, Dr Emily Nicholson

  • 2018: $75,651
  • 2017: $147,048
  • 2016: $142,789

Local SDGs: A general framework for charting pathways to sustainability to future-proof local communities.

Prof Brett Bryan, A/Prof Rebecca Lester, A/Prof Euan Ritchie, A/Prof Kelly Miller, Dr Robert Faggian, Dr Emily Nicholson, Dr Asef Nazari, Dr Don Gunasekera, Dr Timothy Neale, Dr Michalis Hadjikakou

  • 2018: $195,000

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report