About me

I am a PhD Candidate in the Conservation Science Lab within the Centre for Integrative Ecology at Deakin University. My research focuses on using indicators to better understand how the environment is changing to enhance conservation outcomes.

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My latest project is developing and testing biodiversity indicators for ecosystems, complementing the many species-focused indicators used to measure progress towards global conservation targets and guide policy and management decisions. These ecosystem indicators capture changes in risk to ecosystems and the spatial distribution and health of ecosystems. The indicators are based on the standardised information collected for International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Ecosystems.

My masters research at the University of Melbourne aimed to increase our understanding of the thermal properties of nest-boxes compared to tree-hollows to improve conservation-management efforts for our native wildlife under a rapidly changing climate.


Deakin University
Centre for Integrative Ecology
School of Life & Environmental Sciences
221 Burwood Hwy, Burwood VIC 3125, Australia


Twitter: @jessarowland

Research group: Conservation Science Lab led by the brilliant Emily Nicholson