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Dr Vanessa Adams is a Senior Lecturer in Conservation and Planning at the University of Tasmania and maintains her close relationship with Macquarie University as an Honorary Senior Lecturer. 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. For more information about her lab and student opportunities visit her lab group website.

External positions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

Sep 2014Jun 2017

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Charles Darwin University

Sep 2011Sep 2014

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cost Earth & Environmental Sciences
stakeholders Agriculture & Biology
opportunity costs Agriculture & Biology

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Projects 2018 2018

Research Outputs 2005 2019

Expanding the role of social science in conservation through an engagement with philosophy, methodology, and methods

Moon, K., Blackman, D. A., Adams, V. M., Colvin, R. M., Davila, F., Evans, M. C., Januchowski-Hartley, S. R., Bennett, N. J., Dickinson, H., Sandbrook, C., Sherren, K., St. John, F. A. V., van Kerkhoff, L. & Wyborn, C., Mar 2019, In : Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 10, 3, p. 294-302 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
social sciences
qualitative analysis
research methods

Implementation strategies for systematic conservation planning

Adams, V. M., Mills, M., Weeks, R., Segan, D. B., Pressey, R. L., Gurney, G. G., Groves, C., Davis, F. W. & Álvarez-Romero, J. G., Feb 2019, In : Ambio. 48, 2, p. 139–152 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

conservation planning

Mental models for conservation research and practice

Moon, K., Guerrero, A. M., Adams, V. M., Biggs, D., Blackman, D. A., Craven, L., Dickinson, H. & Ross, H., May 2019, In : Conservation Letters. 12, 3, 11 p., e12642.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
conservation practices

Messaging matters: a systematic review of the conservation messaging literature

Kidd, L. R., Garrard, G. E., Bekessy, S. A., Mills, M., Camilleri, A. R., Fidler, F., Fielding, K. S., Gordon, A., Gregg, E. A., Kusmanoff, A. M., Louis, W., Moon, K., Robinson, J. A., Selinske, M. J., Shanahan, D. & Adams, V. M., Aug 2019, In : Biological Conservation. 236, p. 92-99 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

systematic review
human behavior
behavior change

Planning for the future: combining spatially-explicit public preferences with tenure policies to support land-use planning

Karimi, A. & Adams, V. M., Mar 2019, In : Land Use Policy. 82, p. 497-508 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

land use planning
land use
land tenure
multiple land use

Activities 2017 2017

  • 3 Invited talk
  • 2 Membership of board

Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (External organisation)

Vanessa Adams (Member)
1 Jan 20171 Jan 2020

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

National scale land-sea planning for Papua New Guinea

Vanessa Adams (Speaker)
Jul 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Where do we need leadership most

Vanessa Adams (Speaker)
18 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

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

Vanessa Adams (Chair)
1 Jul 201730 Jun 2019

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

Conservation from the board room

Vanessa Adams (Speaker)
Aug 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk