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Prof Emily Nicholson

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Position

Honorary Professor

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 new theory and tools for improved conservation outcomes, built on multidisciplinary collaboration, scientific excellence and impact on policy and practice. My interests include global conservation policy, predicting the impacts of change on biodiversity and dependent human well-being, and making better conservation decisions. A major focus over the last decade has been the development of a new framework for understanding, quantifying and predicting risks to ecosystems, the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, with demonstrated impacts on conservation policy and practice, at global and local levels.

Current transdisciplinary research projects include participatory research and conservation planning with Indigenous people and organizations on the Tiwi Islands; and collaborations with economists, social scientists and health experts to improve understanding of the linkages between the ecosystem health and human well-being.

For more on my research and me, please visit my group website – Deakin Conservation Science: www.conservationscience.org.au

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Publications

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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, Prof Emily Nicholson, Dr Tony Auld, A/Prof Jon Rodriguez, Dr Tracey Regan, Dr Philip Pisanu, Prof Rebecca Lester

ARC Linkage - Projects

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

Optimal management of coastal ecosystems for blue carbon sequestration

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

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2019: $53,916
  • 2018: $115,775
  • 2017: $116,128
  • 2016: $53,392

Biodiversity indicators for better conservation decisions

Prof Emily Nicholson, Dr Elizabeth Fulton, Dr Simon Ferrier, Dr Tim Newbold

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2019: $136,124
  • 2018: $121,013
  • 2017: $152,257

Planning for economic development and biodiversity on the Tiwi Islands

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

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2021: $7,635
  • 2020: $170,864
  • 2019: $109,713
  • 2018: $77,563

Ecosystem risk assessment: new solutions to the global biodiversity crisis

Prof David Keith, Prof Emily Nicholson, Prof Rebecca Lester, A/Prof Susanna Venn, Dr Lucie Bland, Mr Mark Tozer

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2022: $35,750
  • 2021: $70,750
  • 2020: $68,250
  • 2019: $33,250

Linking risks to ecosystems with risks to human well-being

Prof Emily Nicholson

ARC Fellowships - Future Fellowships

  • 2023: $130,979
  • 2022: $249,370
  • 2021: $243,450
  • 2020: $240,182
  • 2019: $118,477

Other Public Sector Funding

Optimal management of coastal ecosystems for blue carbon sequestration

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

Parks Victoria Grant - Research CAT2-2-1, Department of Environment Land Water and Planning

  • 2018: $20,000
  • 2017: $40,000

ARC Multi-inst Agreement student scholarship - Simone Stevenson

Prof Emily Nicholson, Ms Simone Stevenson

CSIRO Scholarship - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

  • 2017: $17,500

Ecosystem risk assessment: new solutions to the global biodiversity crisis

Prof David Keith, Prof Emily Nicholson, Prof Rebecca Lester, A/Prof Susanna Venn, Dr Lucie Bland, Mr Mark Tozer

ARI Contract Research - Arthur Rylah Institute - DSE

  • 2019: $15,000

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

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

NCCMA Grant - Research - North Central Catchment Management Authority

  • 2019: $15,000

Assessing risk to Alpine Ecosystems under Climate Change

Prof Emily Nicholson

Department of Environment Land Water and Planning

  • 2020: $20,000

Mapping the benefits and costs of management actions for blue carbon habitats on Victoria's coastline.

Dr Paul Carnell, Dr Micheli Costa, Prof Peter Macreadie, Dr Melissa Wartman, Prof Emily Nicholson

Department of Environment Land Water and Planning

  • 2022: $30,000
  • 2021: $90,000

A pilot Coastal Natural values study for Corner Inlet and Nooramunga.

Dr Paul Carnell, Dr Kay Critchell, Prof Emily Nicholson

Parks Victoria

  • 2023: $9,000
  • 2022: $40,000

Industry and Other Funding

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

Prof Emily Nicholson

VESKI Victorian Endowment for Science Knowledge and Innovation

  • 2020: $18,675
  • 2019: $36,000
  • 2018: $36,000
  • 2017: $22,192
  • 2016: $22,192

Optimal management of coastal ecosystems for blue carbon sequestration

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

The Nature Conservancy Limited as Trustee for The Nature Conservancy Australia Trust

  • 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, Prof Peter Macreadie, Prof Emily Nicholson

The Nature Conservancy Limited

  • 2019: $75,651
  • 2018: $75,651
  • 2017: $147,048
  • 2016: $142,789

Ecosystem risk assessment: new solutions to the global biodiversity crisis

Prof David Keith, Prof Emily Nicholson, Prof Rebecca Lester, A/Prof Susanna Venn, Dr Lucie Bland, Mr Mark Tozer

Provita, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Wildlife Conservation Society

  • 2021: $37,939
  • 2020: $37,939
  • 2019: $51,122

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

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

Ian Potter Foundation Grant - Research, Forrest District Community Group

  • 2020: $190,000
  • 2019: $205,909
  • 2018: $195,000

Strengthening the Evidence Base for Integration and Application of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems (RLE) into Decision-making - P02687.

Prof Emily Nicholson, Dr Kate Watermeyer

International Union for Conservation of Nature

  • 2019: $15,162

Student application - Embedding Indigenous Ecological Knowledge in conservation modelling

Ms Alys Rhiannon Young, Prof Emily Nicholson, Prof Brett Bryan

Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife

  • 2023: $9,500

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2022

Simone Stevenson

Thesis entitled: Evaluating the capacity of biodiversity indicators to support conservation policy

Doctor of Philosophy (Biol & Chem), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2021

Ka Fai Calvin Lee

Thesis entitled: Improving the consistency and reliability of ecosystem assessments

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2020

Jessica Rowland

Thesis entitled: Indicators of ecosystem change for effective biodiversity conservation

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Associate Supervisor
2022

Ozge Geyik

Thesis entitled: Sustainable and nutrition-sensitive food systems: nutrient production, trade, and climate change

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2021

Alejandro Humberto Navarro Otero

Thesis entitled: Remote sensing of coastal wetlands in southeastern Australia

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2020

Holger Janes

Thesis entitled: Values of coastal ecosystems from fish and fisheries

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences