Researcher biography

Dr Vicki Martin is an environmental social scientist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at The University of Queensland. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, following her appointment as the first social scientist to be selected in Cornell’s Rose Postdoctoral Program. She is currently the coordinator of the SEQ Marine Social Science Hub.

Vicki’s research explores people’s connections to the natural world, to better understand how to communicate with and engage the public in environmental management and conservation. Her current research is focused on marine spatial planning in the Moreton Bay Marine Park, specifically looking to improve methods to measure and include public values of the Marine Park into planning decisions. Her project is part of the Sustainable Urban Seascapes program of research in Moreton Bay led by Associate Professor Carissa Klein, Professor Catherine Lovelock, and Professor John Pandolfi.

Vicki has worked with more than 12 research organisations in Australia, New Zealand, the US and Chile, focusing on a wide variety of environmental issues in coupled human–natural systems, including public management of invasive avian species, participation in citizen science, science communication, protected area management, visitor impacts and experiences on the Great Barrier Reef, climate change, energy consumption and waste production.