Dr Martine Maron
Dr Martine Maron

Position

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management

Contact

Room: 3-327
Phone: +61 7 3365 3836
E-mail: m.maron@uq.edu.au

Qualifications

  • PhD (Monash)
  • BSc (Honours) (Monash)
  • Grad. Cert. Tertiary Teaching & Learning (USQ)

Professional Associations

  • Director, BirdLife Australia
  • Chair, BirdLife Australia Research and Conservation Committee
  • BirdLife Australia Student Awards Committee
  • Australasian Ornithological Congress Advisory Committee
  • Birds Queensland Research Committee
  • Ecological Society of Australia

Background

Conserving biodiversity is essential for maintaining the health of the environment that supports human life and wellbeing. But the task will only get harder, with human pressures increasing in magnitude and ubiquity.

My research tackles questions central to this challenge. I work on understanding why species respond the way they do to landscape change and how even highly modified landscapes can be managed to be more biodiverse. Sound conservation policy is essential if we are to apply ecological knowledge to reduce and ultimately halt biodiversity declines. Given that at least some development that damages biodiversity is inevitable, offsetting damage in one place with biodiversity improvement in another may be our only option. My research seeks to improve the practice and policy of conservation policy such as biodiversity offsetting.

I collaborate with a broad network of individuals and organisations including government and non-government bodies to help achieve effective uptake of research findings into policy and environmental management. My research lab is affiliated with both the Landscape Ecology and Conservation Group in GPEM and the Environmental Decisions Hub funded by the National Environmental Research Program.
 

Research interests

My research focus is in two main areas:

 

1. Landscape ecology, particularly

  • What affects meso-scale diversity in altered landscapes: how different large-scale patterns of clearing, fire, forest management alter the capacity of landscapes to support species and conversely, how these patterns can be manipulated to increase meso-scale diversity; and 
  • Processes underlying patterns of individual species distribution in human-modified landscapes, such as resource availability and interspecific interactions (for example, with aggressive competitors

2. Conservation policy, particularly development of defensible and transparent systems for accounting for conservation gains and losses such as in biodiversity offsetting.

 

Research students

Principal supervision of current PhD candidates

  • Emma Burgess – managing fire for nature conservation in subtropical woodlands
  • Anita Cosgrove – does habitat fragmentation impact sedentary species through reduced resource availability?
  • Bhagawan Dahal – alternative forest management regimes for bird conservation at multiple scales in Nepal
  • Justus Deikumah – Effects of matrix change on condition and distribution of birds in south-west Ghana
  • Jeremy Simmonds – Species-area relationships in fragmented landscapes: identifying thresholds for conservation planning
     

Associate supervision of current PhD candidates

  • Melissa Bruton – Reptiles, habitat use and land degradation in the Brigalow Belt
  • Abbey Camaclang -  Tradeoffs in the designation of critical habitat
  • Rebecca Dannock – 'Eat without being eaten': trade-offs between foraging, antipredator and movement behaviours in Wildebeest, Namibia.
  • Will Goulding – Conservation of endemic birds in the Louisiade Archipelago, Papua New Guinea
     

Selected publications

A full list of publications is available here.
 
Maron, M., Rhodes, J. R., Gibbons, P. 2013. Calculating the benefit of conservation actions. Conservation Letters 6:359-367
 
Maron, M., Grey, M., Catterall, C. P., Clarke, M., Major, R., Oliver, D., Mac Nally, R., Thomson, J., Davidson, I., Loyn, R. 2013. Avifaunal disarray from a single despotic species. Diversity & Distributions Online Early View doi: 10.1111/ddi.12128

Maron, M., Hobbs, R., Moilanen, A., Matthews, JW., Christie, K., Gardner, T. A., Keith, D. A., Lindenmayer, D. B., McAlpine, C. A. 2012. Are restoration offsets Faustian bargains? Restoration realities in the context of biodiversity offset policies. Biological Conservation 155:141-148

Mac Nally R., Maron M., Bowen M., Howes A. and McAlpine C. 2012. Despotic, high-impact species and sub-continental scale control of avian assemblage structure. Ecology 93:668-678.

Maron M., Bowen M., Fuller R.A., Smith G.C., Eyre T.J., Mathieson M., Watson J.E.M. and McAlpine C.A. 2012. Spurious thresholds in the relationship between species richness and vegetation cover. Global Ecology and Biogeography 21: 682-692.

Maron, M., Goulding, W., Ellis, R., Mohd-Taib, F. 2012. Distribution and individual condition reveal a hierarchy of habitat suitability for a declining passerine. Biodiversity and Conservation 21:2509-2523.

Ellis, R., McWhorter, T., Maron, M., 2012. Landscape ecology and conservation physiology: a review. Landscape Ecology 27:1-12

Maron, M., Dunn, P. K., McAlpine, C. A. and Apan, A. 2010. Can habitat offsets really compensate for habitat loss? The case of the red-tailed black-cockatoo. Journal of Applied Ecology 47, 348–355

Attwood, S. J., Park, S. E., Maron, M., Collard, S. J., Robinson, D., Reardon-Smith, K. M. and Cockfield, G. 2009. Declining birds in Australian agricultural landscapes may benefit from aspects of the European agri-environment model. Biological Conservation 142:1981–1991
 

Funded projects

  • Achieving biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service delivery: the role of landscape structure (ARC Discovery)
  • Management of cypress pine forests for biodiversity (Qld Department of Environment and Resource Management)
  • Large-scale fire management for biodiversity (Andyinc and Bush Heritage Australia)
  • Grassland islands as a key to survival for Bristlebirds in North East NSW (NSW Environment Trust)
  • Priority threat identification, management and appraisal (Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance)

Teaching responsibilities

Coordinator
  • ENVM3106 Sustainable Development Field Trip
  • CONS6017/3017: Landscape Ecology

Contributor

  • ENVM2100 Sustainable Development
  • ENVM 7100 Foundations of Sustainable Development

 

 

Last updated: Feb 27, 2014