Jessica Walsh


Jessica is an interdisciplinary conservation scientist, with a focus on evaluating the effectiveness of conservation actions to inform environmental management and policy decisions. She draws on techniques from evidence-based conservation, systematic conservation planning, ecological modelling and social science to quantify the cost-effectiveness of actions and develop decision support tools to improve outcomes for biodiversity and ecosystems.

Her research has ranged from identifying barriers and solutions to knowledge exchange between conservation scientists and practitioners, invasive species management, data-limited fisheries and conservation of threatened birds, mammals and fish.

She is passionate about research that is useful and relevant to conservation policy and practice and has collaborated with conservation decision makers in Australia, the UK, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

Further information about my past research positions: here.

Main research themes

  • Conservation decision making
  • Evidence-based conservation
  • Prioritisation
  • Cost-effectiveness evaluation