About me

I am a conservation scientist focused on evaluating the effectiveness of conservation actions and understanding risks to ecosystems to inform environmental policy and management. I am currently working at Monash Univerity developing rapid evidence review methods to evaluate the effectiveness of management actions to inform the conservation of threatened ecosystems. I am also conducting International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Ecosystems assessments for Australian alpine ecosystems and exploring how to effectively incorporate the impacts of climate change in ecosystem risk assessments. This project is a collaboration with the Arthur Rylah Institute, Deakin University, and other institutions across Australia.

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In 2020, I completed my PhD at Deakin University supervised by A/Prof. Emily Nicholson and Dr. Lucie Bland, in the Conservation Science Lab. My thesis explored how change in ecosystems is measured from local-scale ecosystem studies through to global-level biodiversity monitoring. I developed biodiversity indicators to improve our understanding of the status of ecosystems and to support ecosystem conservation and management worldwide. These ecosystem indicators capture changes in risk to ecosystems and the spatial distribution and health of ecosystems and are being considered as global policy indicators for the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

My master’s 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

jess.rowland@deakin.edu.au or jessica.rowland@monash.edu

Twitter: @jessarowland

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