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Dr Josie Carwardine

Research Scientist


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Josie is an applied decision scientist in CSIRO Land & Water. Her core interest is in decision making for biodiversity and the sustainable management of our natural world, even when information and resources are limited and people have disparate values. She pursues this by developing and applying prioritisation approaches that combine ecological, economic and social objectives to discover better outcomes for nature and people.

Josie's recent research includes the development of the Priority Threat Management tool, which is a participatory science approach for assessing the outcomes of alternative scenarios for managing threats across land and seascapes. The PTM approach combines scientific information, expert elicitation, structured decision making to identify strategies that maximise outcomes, for example saving the most threatened species per dollar spent. It has been used to highlight cost-effective management strategies across one fifth of the Australian continent and is informing large scale conservation investment in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. It is now being applied in Canada, Indonesia and Antarctica. For reports on completed PTM studies see -

Josie holds a Julius Award (July 2016-2019) to improve the applicability of ecological decision making and integrate biodiversity with other societal priorities. She is works on a National Environmental Science Program (NESP) project on threatened species management on Indigenous lands.

Background: Josie has a bachelor of Applied Environmental Science with First Class Honours from The University of Queensland, and a PhD in Conservation Planning supervised by Stefan Hajkowicz at CSIRO and Dr Hugh Possingham and Kerrie Wilson at The University of Queensland, which was completed in 2010. She has worked on ecological assessment and decision science in research institutions in Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom and took up a postdoctoral research fellowship with CSIRO in late 2009. In 2012 Josie was promoted to Research Scientist in the Conservation Decisions Team in Land and Water.

Current Roles

  • Team Member
    NESP Threatened Species Hub - Project 6.2

  • Team Member
    Provision of an integrated spatial prioritisation for investment in Saving Our Species

  • Team member
    Qld DEHP offset procurement auction

Academic Qualifications

  • 2002

    Bachelor Applied Science, Environmental Science with honours class 1
    University of Queensland

  • 2010

    Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Queensland

Professional Experiences

  • 2012-2018

    Research Scientist

  • 2009-2012

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • 2004-2009

    Research Assistant/Consultant
    University of Dundee, Scotland and Trinity College, Ireland

Achievements and Awards

  • 2016-2019

    Julius Career Award

  • 2012-2012

    AAAI Computational Sustainability Best Paper Award
    Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

  • 2011-2012

    Payne Scott Award

  • 2010-2010

    Endeavour Award
    Australian Government Dept Education and Training

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