Dr Tara Martin
Tara is a Professor in Conservation Decision Science with the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia. She is a pioneer in the field of Conservation Decision Science – combining predictive ecological models with decision science to inform what actions to take, where to take them and when to achieve our conservation and natural resource management goals. Tara leads a team of graduate students and research fellows seeking to understand, predict and ultimately inform decisions about the impact of global change on biodiversity and natural resources. Tara was recently awarded The Nature Conservancy Professor in Practice Award, Thomson Reuters Citation & Innovation Award for her work in Climate change decision making and a Wilburforce Conservation Fellowship. Tara is a member of the IUCN Climate Change Specialist Group and co-leads the Climate Adaptation Theme.
Dr Laura Kehoe
Laura leads the Fraser River Estuary Resilience project with Dr Julia Baum and Dr Tara Martin. This project will identify the management actions required to abate the key threats to the Fraser River Estuary (FRE) in order to ensure its long-term resilience. Research effort to date in the FRE has focused on identifying its natural assets and their threats. Laura is bringing this one step forward by focusing on the identification of the key management actions needed to respond to these threats and emerging risks in order to protect and restore the FRE’s natural assets for the long-term. This project will develop techniques in conservation decision science to identify the most effective and at the same time, least costly management actions needed to ensure the long-term resilience of the FRE. This project will be carried out in close collaboration with many key stakeholders and organizations including the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF), Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Environment Canada, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.This project is funded by MEOPAR (http://meopar.ca, the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network).
Laura is also the founder of 400trees.org – a project that allows individuals to replant their share of global deforestation
Dr Lindsay Davidson
I study the ecological, evolutionary, and historical processes that underpin marine biodiversity gradients. Additionally, I use our understanding of these processes in a conservation planning framework to prioritize management actions, such as establishing sustainable fisheries and marine protected areas, with the goal of improving the status of threatened marine species.
Dr Viv Tulloch
Viv is a conservation decision-maker interested in solving problems for threatened species given multiple stressors and competing management objectives. She is interested in understanding the dynamics of complex systems, and how natural and human disturbances interact and affect ecosystems, and uses ecological models combined with decision-theoretic tools to make efficient management decisions. Viv completed her PhD in 2016 supervised by Hugh Possingham at the Centre of Excellence in Environmental Decisions focused on managing direct and indirect threats to marine ecosystems to balance multiple objectives, using case studies ranging from oil palm development in tropical regions to climate change and fisheries harvest in the Antarctic, and has established a strong network of collaborators around the world within both government and non-government agencies. Her post-doctoral research projects have included evaluating the cost-effectiveness of bycatch mitigation strategies for cetaceans, cumulative threat mapping to predict future threats to marine megafauna, and she is currently working on developing and applying globally applicable assessments of coastal wetland health to drive efficient actions using dynamic models and spatial prioritisation. She will be joining the Conservation Decisions Lab in 2019 to work on: Multi-species modelling to identify cost-effective management interventions for orca, salmon and seals
Lia Chalifour is a PhD student co-supervised by Dr. Julia Baum studying estuarine habitat use and conservation of Fraser River fish communities. Her focus is on identifying conservation priorities for Chinook salmon, who use some of the estuarine habitat on their way out to the Salish Sea, and who’s populations have been declining for decades. Lia is working in partnership with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and is supported by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and MEOPAR. You can find out more about Lia’s research and interests here.
Prior to joining the lab I operated as a private consultant in southwest BC, specializing in plant ecology and regional Species at Risk. Much of my work has taken place in the Fraser Estuary, including floristic surveys, species-at-risk propagation, habitat mapping, and evaluating the success of compensation marshes. I am passionate about marsh plant communities and the conditions and/or mechanisms that influence their distribution in the Fraser River Estuary.
For my Masters I am Assessing the Threat of Non-Native Cattail (Typha spp.) to Tidal Marsh Ecosystems of the Fraser River Estuary
Leading up to joining the lab Riley worked with Raincoast Conservation Foundation on their Lower Fraser Salmon Program where he helped build a database of spatial information on salmon and salmon habitat in the Lower Fraser River and tributaries. He has also spent time engaging with local conservation groups throughout the region to outline broad aspirations for addressing the loss and degradation of salmon habitat. Riley’s Master’s is in partnership with Raincoast and will focus on using the spatial information that has been collected, combined with cost and feasibility information gained from experts to inform decisions around where to spend restoration resources in order to maximize habitat connectivity for salmonids in the Lower Fraser River and tributaries. Riley is particularly interested in quantitative methods for decision support when it comes to managing endangered and threatened species in human dominated landscapes.