Dr. Vanessa Adams
School of Technology, Environments and Design
University of Tasmania
Dr Vanessa Adams is a Senior Lecturer in Conservation and Planning at the University of Tasmania in the School of Technology, Environments and Design. Her research focuses on modelling dynamic social-ecological systems to inform conservation decisions that improve ecosystems and the communities they support. This means her research is broadly aligned with three themes: ecological modelling (to understand dynamic ecosystems), socio-economic aspects of conservation (to understand the human dimensions of social-ecological systems), and conservation decision theory (to inform decision making). Because fire is arguably the largest determinant of change in Australia’s landscapes it features strongly in Vanessa’s research, in particular in how to measure and model appropriate fire regimes for Australia’s biodiversity and to create best practice fire management plans that deliver on social and ecological goals.