Researcher biography

Laura's research seeks to understand where, when and how to manage and conserve landscapes, so as to benefit both nature and people. She uses land use change models, coupled with remote sensing and GIS datasets, to predict how future development projects (e.g., mines, hydropower dams, transportation infrastructure) will impact biodiversity and ecosystem services. This information allows us to compare the costs and benefits of alternative management interventions and, ultimately, provides the knowledge needed to make decisions that are more informed. Laura's research benefits from collaborating across disciplines (ecology, economics, engineering) and working alongside government and non-government organisations. She is currently conducting projects in Australia, Brazil and the US.