University of Oxford,
Department of Zoology,
South Parks Road,
Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
I am a conservation scientist who is passionate about improving the use of science in decision-making. Most of my work has been associated with the ocean, following my dream of becoming a marine scientist when I was eight years old. My career began with a strong ecological focus, investigating the dynamics of rocky intertidal reef communities in Australia. Since then my research has evolved considerably and I now work as a conservation scientist facilitating the improved use of scientific evidence in conservation management.
Through my research, I spend a lot of my time working with decision-makers in government and business on conservation projects. I use interdisciplinary methods to understand stakeholders’ needs, and develop approaches to help improve the use of scientific evidence in their conservation projects. I frame a lot of my research using structured decision-making, which helps provide a rigorous process to guide stakeholders through complex environmental decisions. This involves a series of steps and a large toolbox of available techniques to help incorporate both scientific evidence and human values into decision making, acknowledging that environmental decision-making is not a value-free process.
Currently I am a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher & NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science. Through this position I am facilitating the transfer of biodiversity research to address key conceptual and operational challenges associated with corporate biodiversity strategies.
I am working closely with businesses to help operationalise the ‘no net loss (NNL) of biodiversity’ principle, where biodiversity losses should be avoided where possible, and residual losses balanced with biodiversity gains to ensure overall NNL.
I commenced this position in January 2016, so stay posted for exciting updates here!
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Postdoctoral Researcher and Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. 2016–current. In this role I am facilitating the transfer of biodiversity research to address key conceptual and operational challenges associated with corporate biodiversity strategies. I am working closely with businesses to help operationalise the ‘no net loss (NNL) of biodiversity’ principle, where biodiversity losses should be avoided where possible, and residual losses balanced with biodiversity gains to ensure overall NNL.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Decision Scientist), Australian Institute of Marine Science. 2014–2015
Research focus: 1) investigating ways to improve the use of biodiversity monitoring data in marine protected area management; and 2) using structured decision-making as a framework to develop decision-making tools, to support the integration of scientific evidence in evidence-based conservation management. Research outputs: “Towards an integrated monitoring program: identifying indicators and existing monitoring programs to cost-effectively evaluate the Long Term Sustainability Plan” (NESP project 3.8); “A cost-effectiveness protocol used to assist in the prioritisation of the second phase of Reef Trust investment” (Report to the Department of the Environment).
Doctor of Philosophy (2011–2014), the University of Melbourne, Australia. Thesis title: Targeting the science–management interface: Improving the use of long-term monitoring for conservation management.
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Learning and Leadership (2011–2012), the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Marine Scientist, Environment Agency and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, UK. 2008–2010. Responsible for developing quality assurance protocols for national marine biological monitoring programs conducted by UK government agencies.
Marine Ecologist, Museum Victoria. 2005–2007. Research project: Monitoring and Assessment of Victoria’s Rocky Intertidal Coast (MAVRIC). Responsible for designing and coordinating marine ecological research projects investigating biodiversity patterns along Victoria’s rocky intertidal coastline.
Marine Environmental Consultant, Consulting Environmental Engineers. 2003–2005. Responsible for designing and conducting marine environmental impact surveys, conducting data analysis and report writing.
Bachelor of Science with Honours (1999–2003), the University of Melbourne, Australia. Thesis title: The effect of the presence of complexing agents on the toxicity of copper to marine sessile invertebrate assemblages.
Education Officer, Melbourne Aquarium. 2001–2004. Responsible for teaching educational programs to primary and secondary school groups and delivering public presentations about the marine environment.
National Environmental Research Program Marine Biodiversity Research Hub research contribution (2012–2014)
Parks Victoria Research Partners Panel research scholarship (2011–2014)
Australian Postgraduate Award (PhD) scholarship (2011–2014)
Wentworth Group Science Program scholar, Wentworth Group, 2013.
Participant of a science leaders program (mentoring program and master class). Victorian Marine Science Consortium best student presentation (Australian Marine Science Association conference) in the field of Temperate Marine Ecology (2012).
Society for Conservation Biology Ecological Society of Australia Australian Marine Sciences Association
Cook, C.N., de Bie, K., Keith, D.A. & Addison, P.F.E. (2016) Decision triggers are a critical part of evidence-based conservation. Biological Conservation, 195, 46–51.
Addison, P.F.E, de Bie, K., Rumpff, L. (2015) Setting conservation management thresholds using a novel participatory modelling approach. Conservation Biology, 29, 1411–1422.
Addison, P.F.E., Flander, L. B., Cook, C.N. (2015) Are we missing the boat? Current uses of long-term biological monitoring data in the evaluation and management of marine protected areas. Journal of Environmental Management. 149, 148–156.
Addison, P. F. E., Rumpff, L., Bau, S. S., Carey, J. M., Chee, Y. E., Jarrad, F., McBride, M. F., and Burgman, M. A. (2013). Practical solutions for making models indispensable in conservation decision-making. Diversity and Distributions. Special issue on: Perspectives and tools for conservation risk analysis. 19, 490–502.
O’Hara T. D., Addison, P. F. E., Gazzard, R., Costa, T. L., Pocklington, J. B. (2010). A rapid biodiversity assessment methodology tested on intertidal rocky shores. Aquatic Conservation – Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 20(4), 452-463.
Addison, P. F. E., Knott, N. A., Keough, M. J. (2008). Spatially variable effects of copper over small scales across a marina. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 364, 19–23.
Addison, P. F. E., Koss, R. S. and O’Hara, T. D. (2008). Recreational use of a rocky intertidal reef in Victoria: Implications for ecological research and management. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management. 15, 169-179.
For a full list of publications, please see my website.
Addison, P. (2015) Applying decision science to develop an integrated monitoring program for the Great Barrier Reef. Presented at the Australian Marine Sciences Association conference, Geelong, Australia.
Addison, P., Flander, L. B., Cook, C.N. (2014) Using marine monitoring data to close the loop: barriers and opportunities. Presented at the World Parks Congress, Sydney, Australia.
Addison, P., de Bie, K., Rumpff, L. (2014) When to act? Using a participatory modelling approach to set management thresholds for marine protected areas. Presented at the Australian Marine Sciences Association conference, Canberra, Australia.
Addison, P. (2013) Control charts for improved MPA management. Presented at the third International Marine Protected Areas Congress, Marseille, France.
Addison, P. (2013) Control charts for improved MPA management. Invited seminar at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.
Addison, P. (2012) Invited lecture: Decision tools: Control charts. Masters subject – Problem Solving in Environmental Science, the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Addison, P. (2012) How well is long-term biological monitoring informing the management of Australia’s Marine Protected Areas? Presented at the Ecological Society of Australia conference, Melbourne, Australia.
Addison, P. (2012) Control charts for environmental decision-making: A tool for improved Marine Protected Area management. Presented at the Australian Marine Sciences Association conference, Hobart, Australia. Awarded the VMSC Oral award for best temperate marine student presentation.