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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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Research Outputs

Aligning marine spatial conservation priorities with functional connectivity across maritime jurisdictions

Maina, J. M., Gamoyo, M., Adams, V. M., D'agata, S., Bosire, J., Francis, J. & Waruinge, D., Feb 2020, In : Conservation Science and Practice. 2, 2, 13 p., e156.

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    Estimating the benefit of well-managed protected areas for threatened species conservation

    Kearney, S. G., Adams, V. M., Fuller, R. A., Possingham, H. P. & Watson, J. E. M., Mar 2020, In : ORYX. 54, 2, p. 276-284 9 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Open Science principles for accelerating trait-based science across the Tree of Life

    Gallagher, R. V., Falster, D. S., Maitner, B. S., Salguero-Gómez, R., Vandvik, V., Pearse, W. D., Schneider, F. D., Kattge, J., Poelen, J. H., Madin, J. S., Ankenbrand, M. J., Penone, C., Feng, X., Adams, V. M., Alroy, J., Andrew, S. C., Balk, M. A., Bland, L. M., Boyle, B. L., Bravo-Avila, C. H. & 37 others, Brennan, I., Carthey, A. J. R., Catullo, R., Cavazos, B. R., Conde, D. A., Chown, S. L., Fadrique, B., Gibb, H., Halbritter, A. H., Hammock, J., Hogan, J. A., Holewa, H., Hope, M., Iversen, C. M., Jochum, M., Kearney, M., Keller, A., Mabee, P., Manning, P., McCormack, L., Michaletz, S. T., Park, D. S., Perez, T. M., Pineda-Munoz, S., Ray, C. A., Rossetto, M., Sauquet, H., Sparrow, B., Spasojevic, M. J., Telford, R. J., Tobias, J. A., Violle, C., Walls, R., Weiss, K. C. B., Westoby, M., Wright, I. J. & Enquist, B. J., Mar 2020, In : Nature Ecology and Evolution. 4, 3, p. 294-303 10 p.

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  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    54 Downloads (Pure)

    Consequences matter: compassion in conservation means caring for individuals, populations and species

    Johnson, P. J., Adams, V. M., Armstrong, D. P., Baker, S. E., Biggs, D., Boitani, L., Cotterill, A., Dale, E., O’donnell, H., Douglas, D. J. T., Droge, E., Ewen, J. G., Feber, R. E., Genovesi, P., Hambler, C., Harmsen, B. J., Harrington, L. A., Hinks, A., Hughes, J., Katsis, L. & 11 others, Loveridge, A., Moehrenschlager, A., O’Kane, C., Pierre, M., Redpath, S., Sibanda, L., Soorae, P., Price, M. S., Tyrrell, P., Zimmermann, A. & Dickman, A., Dec 2019, In : Animals. 9, 12, 8 p., 1115.

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    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.

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  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
    5 Downloads (Pure)


    • 3 Invited talk
    • 2 Membership of board

    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

    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

    Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (External organisation)

    Vanessa Adams (Member)
    1 Jan 20171 Jan 2020

    Activity: MembershipMembership of board