Dr Jonathan Rhodes
Dr Jonathan Rhodes


Senior Lecturer


Room: 3-327C
Phone: 336-56838
E-mail: j.rhodes@uq.edu.au


  • BA (Hons) 
  • BSc (Hons)
  • Grad. Cert. Higher Education
  • PhD

Professional Associations

  • British Ecological Society
  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • Society for Conservation Biology


Dr. Rhodes is a member of the Landscape Ecology and Conservation Group and the Environmental Decisions Group at The University of Queensland. He is an ecologist with a broad range of interests in conservation biology, spatial modelling, and environmental decision making.

Research interests

Dr. Rhodes’ research is centred around three main themes: (1) the impact of landscape change and climate change for biodiversity and ecosystem services; (2) the role of human social factors for conservation decision-making; and (3) the value of information for conservation. He is particularly interested in how spatial ecological processes, human social processes and multiple threats interact to determine priorities for biodiversity conservation in human-modified landscapes. He is also interested in how we can best learn about these systems through the design of optimal monitoring strategies and adaptive management. The approach he uses to addresses these questions is to link data and quantitative models with decision analysis. Research opportunities exist within his group and he welcomes discussion with potential collaborators and students.

Research staff and students

Postdoctoral Research Fellows:

Research Assistants:

Principal supervision of PhD candidates:

Associate supervision of PhD candidates:

Selected publications

 Cattarino, L., C. A. McAlpine, and J. R. Rhodes. 2013. The consequences of interactions between dispersal distance and resolution of habitat clustering for dispersal success. Landscape Ecology 28:1321-1334
Dudaniec, R. Y., J. R. Rhodes, J. Worthington Wilmer, M. Lyons, K. E. Lee, C. A. McAlpine, and F. N. Carrick. 2013. Using multi-level models to identify drivers of landscape genetic structure among management areas. Molecular Ecology 22:3752-3765.
Maron M., J. R. Rhodes, P. Gibbons. 2013. Calculating the benefit of conservation actions. Conservation Letters 6:359-367
Runting, R., K. Wilson, and J. R. Rhodes. 2013. Does more mean less? The value of information for conservation planning under sea level rise. Global Change Biology 19:352-363.
Andrade, G. and J. R. Rhodes. 2012. Protected areas and local communities: an inevitable partnership towards successful conservation strategies?  Ecology & Society 17:14.
Mantyka-Pringle, C. S., T. G. Martin, and J. R. Rhodes. 2012. Interactions between climate and habitat loss effects on biodiversity: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Global Change Biology 18:1239-1252.
Rhodes, J. R. and N. Jonzén. 2011. Monitoring temporal trends in spatially structured populations: how should sampling effort be allocated between space and time? Ecography 34:1040-1048.
Rhodes, J. R., D. Lunney, C. Moon, A. Matthews, and C. A. McAlpine. 2011. The consequences of using indirect signs that decay to determine species’ occupancy. Ecography 34:141-150.
Rhodes, J. R., C. F. Ng, D. L. de Villiers, H. J. Preece, C. A. McAlpine, and H. P. Possingham. 2011. Using integrated population modelling to quantify the implications of multiple threatening processes for a rapidly declining population. Biological Conservation 144:1081-1088.
Traill, L. W., K. Perhans, C. E. Lovelock, A. Prohaska, S. McFallan, J. R. Rhodes, and K. A. Wilson. 2011. Managing for change: wetland transitions under sea-level rise and outcomes for threatened species. Diversity and Distributions 17:1225-1233.

Funded projects

Teaching responsibilities

  • Geographical Information & Analysis (GEOM1000)
  • Geographical Information Systems (GEOM2001/GEOM7005)
  • Advanced Geographical Information Systems (GEOM3002/GEOM7002)
  • Landscape Ecology (CONS3017/6017)
  • Conservation in Context (CONS7026)


Last updated: Feb 27, 2014