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Dr Justine Murray

/Identifying risk associated with diverse ecoystems/


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GPO BOX 2583


Dr Justine Murray is a landscape ecologist with skills in expert elicitation and species distribution modelling. She is investigating the relationship between species and their environment at multiple spatial scales. Her research covers invasive and threatened species in both natural and agricultural landscapes.

Her current research interests include:

  1. Developing better ways to interact with community and end-users to empower them into building capacity to continue managing their land effectively and sustainably, through inclusive action and participation long after advisors have pulled out .
  2. Regional and basin scale predictive modelling of invasive plant and animal species with different management strategies, and response to climate change directly and indirectly through land use change, and changes in management practices using Bayesian networks and spatial models
  3. Impact modelling of regions susceptibility to species invasions with effects on biodiversity, concentrating on areas of social, environmental and economic significance
  4. Performing risk analyses targeting the risks associated with a pest or disease to identify systems approaches targeted at lowering the risk or managing the spread of human diseases
  5. Understanding the impacts of mining activities on natural and managed land systems and their associated biota

Other Interests

Dog sledding; Horse riding; Backpacking with dogs; Bushwalking; Reading

Current Roles

  • Ecologist for impact and risk modelling
    Geological and Bioregional Assessments (GBA)

  • Poject leader dashboard development and community engagement
    Developing a dashboard for APN, Western Cape to display monitoring and management data to assist indigenous rangers with planning.

  • Qualitative modeller
    Developing a systems approach for horticultural products targeting specific pests and increasing market access

Academic Qualifications

  • 2018-

    Graduate Certificate in Community Development
    The University of Queensland

  • 2009

    The University of Queensland

  • 2002

    Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours)
    The University of Queensland

  • 2000

    Bachelor of Science (Ecology)
    The University of Queensland

  • 2000

    Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology)
    The University of Queensland

Professional Experiences

  • 2002-2003

    GIS Officer
    Caloundra City Council

  • 2008-2009

    Research Assistant

  • 2009-2013

    Postdoctoral Fellow

Achievements and Awards

  • 2018-2018

    The Chairman's Medal for Science Excellence

  • 2008-2009

    Vice Chancellor Performance Award

  • 2003-2005

    Student award
    Australian Wildlife Preservation Society

  • 2004-2006

    Postgraduate Award
    The University of Queensland


  • 2015-2017

    DAFWA Biodiversity Research and Development Fund

  • 2011-2012

    RIRDC grant - modelling potential weed spread in the MDB

  • 2005-2007

    Australian Wildlife Preservation Society - rock-wallaby field work and habitat modelling


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