Vanessa Adams


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A key theme in Vanessa' research is applying economic concepts and social consultation to make on-ground conservation action more effective and equitable between groups of stakeholders. Vanessa was raised in New Mexico (USA) but currently calls Australia home. She has worked in a variety roles ranging from actuarial analyst for global consulting firm Mercer HR to research scientist at universities. She spent a year as a Fulbright scholar conducting research at University of Queensland in 2004 and completed her PhD at James Cook University in 2011. During her PhD she was awarded a Sir Keith Murdoch fellowship through the American Australian Association to support a component of her research conducted in Fiji modelling costs of conservation actions to local fishermen. Her research explores how to plan for development and conservation goals conjointly with a focus on how new market mechanisms, such as carbon offsets, may be leveraged for dual objectives such as livelihood provisioning and biodiversity conservation. Vanessa partners with relevant government agencies and NGOs to ensure that her research is relevant to policy makers and is positioned to influence on-ground conservation.

External positions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland

Sep 2014Jun 2017

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Charles Darwin University

Sep 2011Sep 2014

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invasive species Earth & Environmental Sciences
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cost Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Projects 2018 2018

Research Output 2005 2018

Adapting systematic conservation planning for climate change

Reside, A. E., Butt, N. & Adams, V. M. Jan 2018 In : Biodiversity and Conservation. 27, 1, p. 1-29 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

conservation planning
climate change

Bigger or better: the relative benefits of protected area network expansion and enforcement for the conservation of an exploited species

Kuempel, C. D., Adams, V. M., Possingham, H. P. & Bode, M. Jun 2018 In : Conservation Letters. 11, 3, p. 1-8 8 p., e12433

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
protected area
conservation areas
resource allocation

Conserving biodiversity and Indigenous bush tucker: practical application of the strategic foresight framework to invasive alien species management planning

Adams, V. M., Douglas, M. M., Jackson, S. E., Scheepers, K., Kool, J. T. & Setterfield, S. A. Jul 2018 In : Conservation Letters. 11, 4, p. 1-13 13 p., e12441

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
introduced species
invasive species
historic sites

Designing connected marine reserves in the face of global warming

Álvarez-Romero, J. G., Munguía-Vega, A., Beger, M., del Mar Mancha-Cisneros, M., Suárez-Castillo, A. N., Gurney, G. G., Pressey, R. L., Gerber, L. R., Morzaria-Luna, H. N., Reyes-Bonilla, H., Adams, V. M., Kolb, M., Graham, E. M., Vanderwal, J., Castillo-López, A., Hinojosa-Arango, G., Petatán-Ramírez, D., Moreno-Baez, M., Godínez-Reyes, C. R. & Torre, J. Feb 2018 In : Global Change Biology. 24, 2, p. e671-e691 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

marine park
Global warming
global warming

Estimating realistic costs for strategic management planning of invasive species eradications on islands

Wenger, A. S., Adams, V. M., Iacona, G. D., Lohr, C., Pressey, R. L., Morris, K. & Craigie, I. D. May 2018 In : Biological Invasions. 20, 5, p. 1287–1305 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

invasive species

Activities 2017 2017

  • 3 Invited talk
  • 2 Membership of board

Society for Conservation Biology Oceania (SCBO) (External organisation)

Adams, V. (Chair)
1 Jul 201730 Jun 2019

Activity: Membership of board

Conservation from the board room

Adams, V. (Speaker)
Aug 2017

Activity: Invited talk

Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (External organisation)

Adams, V. (Member)
1 Jan 20171 Jan 2020

Activity: Membership of board

Where do we need leadership most

Adams, V. (Speaker)
18 Nov 2017

Activity: Invited talk