Dr Jonathan Rhodes
Dr Jonathan Rhodes


Associate Professor


Room: 3-327C
Phone: 336-56838
E-mail: j.rhodes@uq.edu.au
Twitter: @j_r_rhodes
Blog: http://rhodesconservation.com/
Google Scholar site


  • 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

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Selected publications

Cattarino, L., C. A. McAlpine, and J. R. Rhodes. In press (accepted March 2014). Land-use drivers of forest fragmentation vary with spatial scale. Global Ecology and Biogeography.
Maxwell, S. L., J. R. Rhodes, M. C. Runge, H. P. Possingham, C. F. Ng, and E. McDonald-Madden. In press (accepted October 2014). How much is new information worth? Evaluating the financial benefit of resolving management uncertainty. Journal of Applied Ecology.
Mantyka-Pringle, C. S., T. G. Martin, D. B. Moffatt, S. Linke, and J. R. Rhodes. 2014. Understanding and predicting the combined effects of climate change and land-use change on freshwater macroinvertebrates and fish. Journal of Applied Ecology 51:572-581.
Maxwell, S. L., J. R. Rhodes, P. Bal, N. Bunnefeld, A. T. Knight, S. Earle, E. J. Milner-Gulland, J. P. G. Jones, A. Nuno, and J. E. M. Watson. 2014. Sustainability: root targets in consensus (correspondence). Nature 514:434.
Rhodes, J. R., D. Lunney, J. Callaghan, and C. A. McAlpine. 2014. A few large roads or many small ones? How to accommodate growth in vehicle numbers to minimise impacts on wildlife. PLOS ONE 9:e91093.
Santika, T., C. A. McAlpine, D. Lunney, K. A. Wilson, and J. R. Rhodes. 2014. Modelling species distributional shifts across broad spatial extents by linking dynamic occupancy models with public-based surveys. Diversity and Distributions 20:786-796.
 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.
Guisan, A., R. Tingley, J. B. Baumgartner, I. Naujokaitis-Lewis, P. R. Sutcliffe, A. I. T. Tulloch, T. J. Regan, L. Brotons, E. McDonald-Madden, C. Mantyka-Pringle, T. G. Martin, J. R. Rhodes, R. Maggini, S. A. Setterfield, J. Elith, M. W. Schwartz, B. A. Wintle, O. Broennimann, M. Austin, S. Ferrier, M. R. Kearney, H. P. Possingham, and Y. M. Buckley. 2013. Predicting species distributions for conservation decisions. Ecology Letters 16:1424-1435.
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.

Funded projects

Teaching responsibilities

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


Last updated: Jul 21, 2015