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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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Projects 2018 2018

Research Output 2005 2018

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. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Conservation Letters. 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Adapting systematic conservation planning for climate change

Reside, A. E., Butt, N. & Adams, V. M. 27 Sep 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Biodiversity and Conservation. p. 1-29 29 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

planning
climate change
ecosystem
ecosystems
gene flow

Breaking the deadlock on ivory

Biggs, D., Holden, M. H., Braczkowski, A., Cook, C. N., Milner-Gulland, E. J., Phelps, J., Scholes, R. J., Smith, R. J., Underwood, F. M., Adams, V. M., Allan, J., Brink, H., Cooney, R., Gao, Y., Hutton, J., Macdonald-Madden, E., Maron, M., Redford, K. H., Sutherland, W. J. & Possingham, H. P. 15 Dec 2017 In : Science. 358, 6369, p. 1378-1381 4 p.

Research output: ResearchComment/opinion

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. 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Global Change Biology.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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. 15 Nov 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Biological Invasions. p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Activities 2017 2017

  • 3 Invited talk
  • 2 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

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

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

Activity: Membership of board