Jessica Rowland

Research Fellow

Jess is a conservation biologist focused on ecosystem monitoring, risk assessment, conservation. Her research spans understanding risks to ecosystems, evaluating the effectiveness of conservation actions, and monitoring ecosystem trends to inform environmental policy and management at local to global scales.

She is currently helping to develop a Green Status for Ecosystems to monitor conservation successes and approaches to evaluate and synthesise the effectiveness of management actions to inform the conservation of threatened ecosystems. Jess also works part time at Deakin University, where she is leading projects to conduct IUCN Red List of Ecosystems assessments for Australian alpine ecosystems, incorporate the impacts of climate change in ecosystem risk assessments, and integrate global indicators into ecosystem Red List assessments and monitoring for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

Jess completed her PhD at Deakin University in 2020. Her thesis explored how change in ecosystems is measured from local-scale ecosystem studies through to global-level biodiversity monitoring. She developed biodiversity indicators to improve our understanding of the status of ecosystems and to support ecosystem conservation and management worldwide. These indicators are currently a top contender as global policy indicators for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

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Main research themes

  • Conservation decision making
  • Evidence-based conservation
  • Threatened ecosystems