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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.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Sep 2014Jun 2017

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Sep 2011Sep 2014

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • Research priorities for conservation and natural resource management in Oceania's small-island developing states

    Weeks, R. & Adams, V. M., Feb 2018, In : Conservation Biology. 32, 1, p. 72-83 12 p.

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  • Making time for space: The critical role of spatial planning in adapting natural resource management to climate change

    Adams, V. M., Álvarez-Romero, J. G., Capon, S. J., Crowley, G. M., Dale, A. P., Kennard, M. J., Douglas, M. M. & Pressey, R. L., 1 Aug 2017, In : Environmental Science and Policy. 74, p. 57-67 11 p.

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  • Perceived and projected flood risk and adaptation in coastal Southeast Queensland, Australia

    Mills, M., Mutafoglu, K., Adams, V. M., Archibald, C., Bell, J. & Leon, J. X., 1 Jun 2016, In : Climatic Change. 136, 3-4, p. 523-537 15 p.

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