Researcher biography

Scott Consaul Atkinson is working casually with CBCS researchers on several projects mapping the human industrial footprint in Australia, as well as providing general geospatial assistance as needed. He worked as a full time research assistant in CBCS from 2014 to 2018, assisting on projects mapping sediment runoff, ecosystem services and global prioritisation mapping.

Scott has worked with the United Nations Development Programme since 2018 as a Technical Specialist, but also previously worked at The Nature Conservancy in the Eastern Caribbean. He holds a MSc in Conservation Biology from The University of Queensland and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Plymouth, UK. While a field researcher by training, Scott spends most of days staring at a computer, working on large global geospatial databases and systematic conservation planning.


Atkinson, S.C., Jupiter, S.D., Adams, V.M., Ingram, J.C., Narayan, S., Klein, C.J., Possingham, H.P., 2016. Prioritising Mangrove Ecosystem Services Results in Spatially Variable Management Priorities. PloS one 11, e0151992.

Tulloch, V.J.D., Atkinson, S., Possingham, H.P., Peterson, N., Linke, S., Allan, J.R., Kaiye, A., Keako, M., Sabi, J., Suruman, B., Adams, V.M., 2021. Minimizing cross-realm threats from land-use change: A national-scale conservation framework connecting land, freshwater and marine systems. Biological Conservation 254, 108954.

Rehbein, J.A., Watson, J.E.M., Lane, J.L., Sonter, L.J., Venter, O., Atkinson, S.C., Allan, J.R., 2020. Renewable energy development threatens many globally important biodiversity areas. Global Change Biology n/a.