Researcher biography

Dr Nicki Shumway is a conservation scientist in the Centre for Policy Futures. Nicki’s research seeks to understand how conservation and biodiversity outcomes can be improved by interfacing science with policy using novel approaches and decision-support tools.

She is particularly interested in coastal and marine restoration planning and policy, conservation and impact mitigation at the land–sea interface, and marine biodiversity offsets and net gain policy. Nicki has contributed her expertise in the field of biodiversity conservation and offset policy to several national and international initiatives, including the development of the marine biodiversity offset plan and calculator for the Great Barrier Reef.

Her current research explores the policy implications of innovative marine restoration and adaptation practices in the Great Barrier Reef, and how to overcome barriers to implementing marine restoration.