The University of Tasmania

Jessie did a PhD on ecological and anthropogenic change in plant and animal communities with a focus on the analysis and modelling of spatio-temporal patterns to reveal hidden information on processes in complex ecosystems (reality!). In 2016 she was a Dean’s Awardee and also received a grant to investigate how analytical methods from astrophysics can be applied to ecological systems, such as forests and treefall. As part of her active role in group management and development, she completed a scholarship-funded Advanced Leadership Programme from the National Excellence and Leadership Initiative (NEELI) Australia in 2016. She has also published on the benefits of using technology to improve the connection between people and nature. As part of the CABAH team, Jessie is motivated to use her skills in conceptualisation and development of ecological models to improve forecasts of future change using both prehistoric and contemporary data sources.


An essential item in Jessie’s toolkit

“I love books and learning, and have a broad swathe of research interests spanning global change, conservation and the interrelationships between process and pattern in anthropogenic and natural landscapes. I pride myself on my ability to generate novel ideas and push research boundaries, collaborating across disciplines (e.g., astronomy and ecology) and advocating for better ways to engage with the public, and so communicate the intrinsic and practical benefits of science.”