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  • PhD, Spatial Conservation Prioritization and Decision Science, University of Queensland
  • MA, Environmental Planning and Resource Management, San Francisco State University
  • BA, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Interests

Jennifer’s research develops interdisciplinary, collaborative and decision theoretic approaches to addressing conservation challenges and improving methods for applied conservation planning. She is interested in the value of science to make robust decisions and outcome focused planning.


Jennifer has spent the last seven years helping countries and NGOs around the world integrate decision-support tools into their biodiversity and conservation strategies. She advised the spatial planning process which delivered the Coral Triangle’s largest multi-use marine park, the 1 million hectare Tun Mustapha Park in Malaysian Borneo, and has worked on a diverse range of conservation challenges from helping develop blue growth strategies in the Adriatic Sea to protecting the remote land and seascapes of Papua New Guinea.

She also teaches courses in spatial planning theory to advance the technical capacity of conservation practitioners around the world. She has trained over 600 scientists and policy-makers across 15 countries on how to protect and prioritize biodiversity.