Personal details

Name
Professor Kerrie Wilson
Position(s)
Executive Director, IFE
Institute for Future Environments,
IFE Directorate
Discipline *
Environmental Science and Management
Phone
+61 7 3138 3355
Fax
+61 7 3138 4438
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy - Institute of Land and Food Resources (University of Melbourne)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Member, Australian Heritage Council, Natural Heritage expert
  • Judging panel for the L’Oreal For Women in Science Awards
  • Natural Sciences Commissioner, Australian National Commission for UNESCO
  • Member, Reef 2050 Plan Independent Expert Panel
  • Member, Scientific Committee, Healthy Land and Water
* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Professor Kerrie Wilson is the Executive Director of the Institute for Future Environments at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  Before joining QUT in January 2019, Kerrie was the Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions and an ARC Future Fellow at The University of Queensland. She is also an Affiliated Professor in Conservation Science at The University of Copenhagen, the Australian Natural Sciences Commissioner for UNESCO, a member of the Australian Heritage Council and member of the Reef 2050 Plan Independent Expert Panel. Kerrie has previously held leadership positions with NGOs, including Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy Australia.

Kerrie has two decades of experience leading and conducting research into the science, strategy and policy of conservation. She is particularly interested in applied resource allocation problems, such as how to invest limited resources to protect or restore biodiversity and what sociopolitical and institutional factors influence investment success in conservation.

Kerrie’s research has been published in high impact journals such as Nature and Science and involves collaborations with government agencies and NGOs at local, national and global levels. Kerrie has received numerous national awards, including the Prime Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, the Australian Academy of Science Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science, two ARC Research Fellowships and an Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Young Researcher.

Kerrie holds a Bachelor in Environmental Science (First Class Honours, awarded in 1999) from UQ and a PhD from The University of Melbourne (2004), undertaken in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre, based in Cambridge.

Key research areas:
– Restoration prioritisation
– Ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation
– Conservation in production landscapes
– Conservation decision making in socio-ecological systems

For further information see https://wilsonconservationecology.com/our-research/


PAST EMPLOYMENT

April 2018-October 2018 | Deputy Associate Dean Research (Impact and Engagement)
Faculty of Science, The University of Queensland

January 2017-December 2018 | Professor
School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

November 2016-December 2018 | Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions
School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

July 2008-December 2016 | Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor
School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

July 2007-July 2008 | Director of Conservation
The Nature Conservancy Australia

January 2007-July 2007 | Post-doctoral Research Fellow
School of Integrative Biology, The University of Queensland

January 2004-January 2007 | Post-doctoral Research Fellow
School of Integrative Biology, The University of Queensland

March 2003-July 2003 | Lecturer
South Bank Institute of TAFE

July 2001-July 2002 | Scientific consultant
United Nations Environment Programme -World Conservation Monitoring Centre

July 2000-July 2001 | Assistant Lecturer and Tutor
School of Land and Food Resources, The University of Melbourne

December 1999-July 2000 | Environmental Scientist
Gutterige, Haskins and Davey

December 1999-July 2000 | Research Assistant
Queensland Department of Primary Industries Forestry

January 1999-December 1999 | Environmental Consultant
Chenoweth Environmental Planning

December 1997-February 1998 | Environmental Consultant
Dames & Moore Pty Ltd

This information has been contributed by Professor Kerrie Wilson.

Experience

FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS

2021 | Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative
Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future, $36 million ($9 million to QUT)

2018 | ARC Linkage
Unlocking the secrets of mangrove conservation success, $207,812

2017 | NSW Environment Trust
Promoting stewardship: identifying pathways to greater participation, $146,000

2014 | Dept. Environment
National Environmental Science Programme Threatened Species Research hub (lead researcher for project 6.4 – approx. $120,000), $32.4 million

2017 | University of Queensland
UQ Faculty of Science Impact grant, $20,000

2017 | University of Queensland
DVC Engagement funds for Singapore, $15,000

2017 | University of Queensland
DVC Engagement funds for Indonesia, $15,000

2016 | Woodspring Trust
Enhancing the effectiveness of protected areas, $41,878

2016 | UK DEFRA Darwin Initiative
Marrying community land rights with stakeholder aspirations in Indonesian Borneo, $490,000

2014 | ARC Linkage
Smart Allocation of Restoration Funds, $375,000

2014 | ARC Discovery
Enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem services in production landscapes, $395,500

2013 | University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Award
Incorporating hydrologic ecosystem services (supply, flows and beneficiaries) into land use planning, $90,000

2013 | University of Queensland Collaboration and Industry Engagement Fund
Prioritising transportation networks to benefit industry and the environment, $68,173

2011 | ARCUS and UNEP
Borneo Futures, $74,517

2010 | TERN
ACEAS workshop, $30,000

2010 | CDSEWPC
National Environmental Research Program Hub in Environmental Decisions, $13,744,500

2010 | ARC Centre of Excellence
Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, $13,113,986

2010 | ARC Future Fellowship
Prioritising habitat restoration for biodiversity and ecosystem service outcomes, $705,291

2009 | CSIRO
SEQ Climate Adaptation Research Initiative, $207,000

2008 | ARC Linkage
Spatial prioritisation in the context of climate change and unforeseen opportunities: maximising conservation outcomes in Gondwana Link, $543,967

2007 | ARC Discovery
Maximising the conservation of biodiversity and the delivery of ecosystem services: What to do, where and when. A+ ranking, $430,000

2003 | ARC Linkage
Conservation Planning in a Dynamic and Uncertain World, $250,000

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

2020 | Invited discussion MC at the United Nations’ International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2020 event hosted by The Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist in collaboration with the Science & Technology Australia and the Queensland Department of Education. 11th February

2020 | Invited guest speaker at the International Water Centre ‘Leadership for Executive Women in Water’ dinner. 20th February

2019 | Invited participant of panel discussion at the World Science Festival Brisbane. 20th March.

2019 | Invited guest speaker at the National Youth Science Forum. 17th January.

2018: Invited plenary at the Society for Ecological Restoration Australia conference. 27th September.

2018 | Invited presentation at The Australian National University Fenner School Special Seminar Series. Smart Decisions for the Environment. 10th August.

2018 | Invited presentation at the 55th Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation conference. Taking a multi-dimensional approach to human-wellbeing – impacts of community forest management in Indonesian Borneo. 5th July.

2018 | Invited presentation at UQ Centre for Policy Futures training workshop on Public Policy Engagement for Researchers workshops – Working with policymakers. 14th June.

2018 | Invited participant at the Wall International Round-table Discussion titled “Promise and Peril: Design and Application of Conservation Finance Models to Biodiversity Conservation, Human Well-being and Sustainability”, supported by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia. 22-25 March 2018.

2018 | National University of Singapore. Applying decision science to ecological planning and management. 8th February.

2017 | Invited presentation at TropAg2017 “Landscape trade-offs in the intensification of agriculture: an ecologist’s perspective”. 20th November.

2017 | Invited presentation at the Network for Environmental Social Scientist Annual Forum “Impact pathways for evidence in a post-truth world”. 9th November.

2017 | Invited presentation at ARC Centres of Excellence Research Showcase at Parliament House. 7th September.

2017 | Invited presentation at the International Congress for Conservation Biology, Colombia. Symposium theme Conservation challenges and opportunities in areas of armed conflict. 24th July.

2017 | Global Conversation. Australian Museum. 29th May (invitation of Exeter University).

2017 | Australian Academy of Science Awardee Address. 24th May.

2017 | Australian Academy of Science “Life on the Loose” Symposium. 25th May.

2017 | ARC Centre Director’s Forum. 27th April.

2017 | Earth Optimism. Keynote speaker. 21st April.

2017 | Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum. Plenary Speaker. 30th March.

2017 | Plenary speaker. World Science Festival Brisbane. Under the microscope: Pioneering Women in Science. 26th March.

2016 | Humboldt-University of Berlin, Berlin, Department of Geography Seminar. 25th November.

2016 | University of Copenhagen (Denmark), inaugural lecture for the appointment as Affiliated Professor in Conservation Science. 24th October

2016 | Stockholm Resilience Centre (Sweden), Invited Seminar. 17th October.

2016 | Cambridge Conservation Initiative, Invited Seminar. 5th October.

2016 | National University of Singapore, Biology Colloquium. 23rd September.

2016 | Plenary lecture at the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Conference. 8th July.

2016 | Princeton University, Remote presentation on gender equity. 31st May.

2016 | Monash University, Faculty of Science Seminar, 7th April.

2016 | Deakin University, Faculty of Science Seminar, 8th April.

2016 | Invited speaker. Ecological and Socio-economic Impacts of Marine and Terrestrial Conservation Policy. Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University. 21st-23rd March.

2016: Invited Panel Speaker. World Science Festival “A letter to my teenage self”. 13th March.

2015 | Partner Up Queensland event hosted by the Queensland Chief Scientist. 9th December.

2015: Ecological Society of Australia. Conference presentation on Policy and Practice symposium. 1st December.

2015 | Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decision Biannual Conference. UQ Node overview presentation. December 12th.

2015 | University of Melbourne Faculty of Science Seminar. 11th May.

2014: Royal Society of South Australia. Invited Lecture

2014 | Royal Geographical Society of Queensland. Invited lecture.

2014 | Portugal Conservation Planning Symposium. Lisbon. Invited participant and speaker.

2013 | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. Invited speaker for the discussion panel on the Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition (broadcasted on ABC Radio National).

2013 | Faculty of Science, The University of Queensland, Brisbane. Invited speaker to deliver guest graduation speech.

2013 | Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Kirribilli House, Sydney. Invited guest at a reception for Prince Harry for outstanding young Australians.

2011 | Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Invited speaker. Socio-economic aspects of conservation.

2011 | University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Invited speaker as visiting professor. Conserving biodiversity in a changing world.

This information has been contributed by Professor Kerrie Wilson.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2018
Details
Commendation, UQ Partners in Research Excellence Award, Social Enterprise category
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2017
Details
Australian Academy of Science Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
Prime Minister¿s Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year Award
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
Mahathir Science Award, Tropical Natural Resources, Academy of Sciences Malaysia
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015
Details
Women in Technology Life Sciences Research Award
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
HG Andrewartha Medal, Royal Society of South Australia
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
SCOPUS Young Researcher Award, Life and Biological Sciences
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2013
Details
UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2013
Details
Australian Museum Eureka Prize Outstanding Young Researcher
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Australian Academy of Science, Travel to Europe Award

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Securing Antarctica's Environmental Future
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
SR200100005
Start year
2020
Keywords
Title
Promoting Stewardship: Identifying Pathways to Greater Participation
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
2017/RD/0116
Start year
2018
Keywords
Title
Unlocking the Secrets of Mangrove Conservation Success
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP170101171
Start year
2018
Keywords

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • CONNECTING COMMUNITIES TO ACT FOR NATURE: THE ROLE OF SOCIAL CAPITAL IN ENABLING THE ADOPTION OF NATURE RELATED BEHAVIOURS
    PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Angela Dean
  • Assessing the vulnerability of shallow continental shelf benthic habitats adjacent to the Australian Antarctic research stations and sub-Antarctic islands to marine invasive species in a warming world
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Kate Helmstedt
  • Exploring pathways to action: Encouraging public engagement with climate-related pro-environmental behaviours for the Great Barrier Reef
    PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Angela Dean