Researcher biography

Madeleine is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science within the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland.

Madeleine has a wide range of interests falling broadly in the area of environmental decision making, including: resource allocation problems, evaluation of environmental policy interventions, and threatened species management. Madeleine studied her Bachelors of Science at the University of Queensland and was awarded first class honours for her research on conservation conflict in Moreton Bay Marine Park, Australia. Madeleine has since worked as a research assistant on projects spanning animal behaviour, disease ecology, conservation planning and threatened species management.

Madeleine’s PhD research will focus on forest governance and land use decisions in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, where pressing issues such as fires, floods, and rapid deforestation threaten the persistence of nature and local livelihoods. Contributing to a growing body of research into land use change and ecosystem services in Kalimantan, her research will focus on understanding the mechanisms contributing to avoided deforestation and improvements to local livelihoods within community managed forests to guide future policies regarding forest governance, and also evaluate the effectiveness of recent policies and interventions at reducing fire occurrence across Kalimantan.