About me

Photo by veski.org.au
Photo by veski.org.au

I am a Professor of Conservation Science at Deakin University, in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, and a member of the Centre for Integrative Ecology. My group website, Conservation Science at Deakin, and research interests can be found here.

My research program develops new theory and tools for improved conservation outcomes, built on multidisciplinary collaboration, scientific excellence and impact on policy and practice. My interests include global conservation policy (including goals and indicators under the Convention on Biological Diversity), assessing change in biodiversity, predicting the impacts of change on biodiversity and dependent human well-being, and making better conservation decisions.

A major focus over the last decade has been the development of a new framework for understanding, quantifying and predicting risks to ecosystems, the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, with demonstrated impacts on conservation policy and practice, at global and local levels. Current transdisciplinary research projects include participatory research and conservation planning with Indigenous people and organizations on the Tiwi Islands; and collaborations with economists, social scientists and health experts to improve understanding of the linkages between the ecosystem health and human well-being. For more detail, see more on my research group’s page.

Most of my research is quantitative and usually involves modelling of some description. If you are interested in working with me as a postdoc or PhD student, please contact me.

I am also very interested in gender equity in science, and more broadly, as you can see from some of my blog posts (e.g., here, here and here). My teaching experience includes curriculum design, development and implementation in online and face-to-face education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including a new fully-online, free open course on the FutureLearn platform, lectures, and active learning activities such as computer-based pracs, discussions/tutorials, peer review and collaborative work.

From 2012 until Feb 2015, I was a Centenary Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne, in the Quantitative & Applied Ecology group (QAECO). Before that, I was a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College London, working with E.J. Milner-Gulland and her group (2007-2012), and a postdoc in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, working with David Wilcove (2006-2007). See my CV for more details.


e.nicholson[at]deakin.edu.au, (03) 9251 7430,

School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment, Deakin University, Melbourne Burwood Campus, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, VIC 3125, Australia

Google Scholar, ResearcherID H-9001-2013, ORCID, and my official Deakin staff profile.


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