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Dr Ro Hill

Principal Research Scientist

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Dr Ro Hill is a Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Land and Water, based in Cairns. She leads research on environmental governance and multiple knowledge systems, and their impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem services, and climate change with a special focus on Indigenous knowledge. She has over 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and more than 100 peer reviewed reports and conference papers, on these topics. Through applying this science and leading others, she works with communities at multiple scales to foster integration of diverse knowledge systems in sustainability. Her science helps others understand social-ecological dimensions of sustainability, particularly in remote and regional areas.

Other Interests

• Strategic ecosystem governance and planning, specialising in biodiversity, climate adaptation, Indigenous and protected areas.
• Indigenous peoples and local communities and their farming systems, land management practices, and contributions to conservation globally
• Multiple and collaborative knowledge systems and knowledge brokering.
• Social-ecological research methods, including collaborative research with Indigenous peoples
• Participatory approaches, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research methods and sustainability science.
• Biocultural diversity assessment and conservation approaches.
• Participatory scenario planning, modelling, mapping and ecosystem service assessment.

Current Roles

  • Project Leader
    Knowledge Brokering for Indigenous Land Management. NESP Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub. (2016-2020).

  • Project Leader
    Development of Joint Management Plan for Dja Dja Wurrung Parks. Victorian Department of Land, Water, Environment and Planning. (2016-2019).

  • Project Leader
    Design of Indigenous Indicators and Metrics Reef 2050 and Pilot of Indigenous Indicators and Metrics Reef 2050 Australian Institute of Marine Sciences and Reef Trust Partnership. (2017-2020).

  • Project Leader
    Traditional Owners in the Reef 2050 Plan. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (2017-2019).

  • Principal Research Scientist
    National Indigenous Climate Change Dialogue. NESP Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub (2016-2020).

Academic Qualifications

  • 1999

    Ph D
    James Cook University

  • 1994

    Masters of Natural Resources
    University of New England

  • 1985

    Diploma of Education
    University of New England

  • 1975

    Bachelor Science (1st Class Honours)
    University of Queensland

Achievements and Awards

  • Mar-2019

    Workshop Facilitator, IPBES Oceania and Pacific Science-Policy Dialogue, Canberra, 4-5 April. Fully funded by partner.
    Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Tokyo

  • June-2019

    Invited Keynote Speaker Australian Meteorological and Atmospheric Society Annual Conference. Fully funded by partner.
    Australian Meteorological and Atmospheric Society Annual Conference

  • Jan-2019

    Workshop Facilitator, “Living with the bees”: Indigenous landscape management dialogue, Hin Lad Nai, Thailand. Partly funded by partner.

  • Mar-2018

    Invited Workshop Participant “Developing the Multiple Evidence Base”. Medellin, Colombia, 15-26 March. Fully funded by partner.
    Stockholm Resilience Centre

  • Aug-2017

    Theme Plenary Address at the Resilience Conference 2017, Stockholm, Sweden Fully funded by partner.
    Stockholm Resilience Centre

  • Aug-2017

    Workshop Leader, Biosphere Stewardship in a Changing World, Resilience Conference. Fully funded by partner.
    Stockholm University

  • Aug-2017

    Invited workshop Participant. “Developing the Multiple Evidence Base”. Stockholm, Sweden. 15-20 August. Fully funded by partner.
    Stockholm Resilience Centre

  • June-2016

    Facilitator, IPBES Workshop on Indigenous and Local Knowledge of Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services in the Asia-Pacific, Chiang Mai, Thailand 2016. Fully funded by partner.

  • Nov -2016

    Facilitator, IPBES Workshop on Indigenous and Local Knowledge of Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services in the Oceania Subregion. Fully funded by partner.
    Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Tokyo

  • Sept -2016

    Workshop Leader, Indigenous Knowledge for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Minzu University, Beijing, China. Fully funded by partner.
    Minzu University, China

  • Aug-2016

    Invited Global Workshop Participant/Facilitator, Participatory Scenarios for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan. Fully funded by partner.
    United Nations University, Tokyo

  • July-2016

    Highly Cited Research Award

  • June-2016

    Excellence in Publications for Articles in Nature and Science in the same week
    CSIRO Recognition Award

  • Dec-2015

    Excellence in IPBES Assessment work
    CSIRO Cash Award ($500)

  • June-2015

    Excellence in Administration with O2D
    CSIRO Cash Award ($100)

  • Jan-2015

    Invited Global Workshop Participant/Facilitator, Scenarios and Models in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Lorne, Australia. Hosted by the University of Melbourne. Fully funded by partner.
    University of Melbourne

  • Dec-2009

    Award of Excellence for Contributions to the Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce
    Parliamentary Secretary for Northern Australia

  • July-2005

    Excellence in Innovation for Yalanji Warranga Kaban Yalanji People of the Rainforest Fire Management Book
    Cooperative Research Centres Association

Other highlights

  • 2018-Now

    Member, Wakefield Futures Group (Interdisciplinary scientific network)

  • 2014-Now

    Member, Collaborative Governance Working Group, Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) (Interdisciplinary scientific network)

  • 2014-2019

    Expert Member, Indigenous and Local Knowledge Taskforce of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) (Interdisciplinary scientific network)

  • 2015-2017

    Coordinating Lead Author, IPBES global assessment Pollinators and Pollination in Food Production

  • 2004-2020

    Invited Member, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. (Interdisciplinary science-policy network)

  • 2004-2020

    Invited Member, IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) (Interdisciplinary science-policy network)

  • 2011-2015

    Leader, Managing for Resilient Rainforests Research Program, Terrestrial Ecosystems Hub, National Environment Research Program,

  • 2010-2013

    Member, Australian Landcare Council. (appointed by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry under the Natural Resources Management (Financial Assistance) Act 1992.)

  • 2008-2009

    Member, Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce. Ministerial Appointment.

  • 2011-2014

    Board Member, Wet Tropics Management Authority (appointed by Minister for Environment and Resources under the Wet Tropics World Heritage Protection and Management Act 1993 Queensland)

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2016-2021

    Editor, Sustainability Science

  • 2018-2021

    Editor, Ecosystems and People

  • 2016-2018

    Reviewer, Ambio

  • 2015-2016

    Reviewer, Austral Ecology

  • 2018-2019

    Reviewer, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management

  • July-2018

    Reviewer, BiodivERsA (European Union funding call)

  • 2015-2019

    Reviewer, Biological Conservation

  • July-2016

    Reviewer, BioScience

  • June-2016

    Reviewer, Canadian Journal of Development Studies

  • 2015-2018

    Reviewer, Conservation Biology

  • 2018-2019

    Reviewer, Conservation Letters

  • Sept-2018

    Reviewer, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability

  • July-2016

    Reviewer, Ecological Economics

  • July-2018

    Reviewer, Ecological Indicators

  • 2015-2018

    Reviewer, Ecology & Society

  • June-2019

    Reviewer, Ecosystems and People

  • 2017-2018

    Reviewer, Ecosystem Services

  • Feb-2019

    Reviewer, Ethnobiology

  • July-2016

    Reviewer, Forestry

  • July-2015

    Reviewer, Geographical Research

  • Sept-2017

    Reviewer, Gladstone Healthy Harbours Partnership Indigenous Indicators

  • July-2015

    Reviewer, Global Environmental Change

  • 2016-2019

    Reviewer, Human Ecology

  • 2015-2016

    Reviewer, Local Environment

  • May-2019

    Reviewer, CSIRO Julius Career Awards

  • Sept-2018

    Reviewer, Macquarie University Research Fellowships applications

  • 2018-2019

    Reviewer, Moreton Bay Quandamooka & Catchment Forum 2016 (book published from the forum by U of Q)

  • July-2018

    Reviewer, Nature Sustainability

  • July-2017

    Reviewer, Rights and Resources Initiative (tenure tracking results for Australia)

  • July-2015

    Reviewer, Scottish Government Rural Affairs Food and Environment Research Program

  • Mar-2015

    Reviewer, Society and Natural Resources

  • July-2016

    Reviewer, State of the Environment (Australia). Chapter.

  • July-2015

    Reviewer, Sustainability

  • Mar-2019

    Reviewer, Water Policy

  • 2010-2014

    Editor, Ecosystem Management

  • Aug-2019

    PhD Examiner, Flinders University

  • July-2017

    PhD Examiner, Charles Darwin University

  • July-2016

    PhD Examiner, Charles Darwin University

  • July-2014

    PhD Examiner, Melbourne University