Dr Ayesha Tulloch

Ayesha Tulloch
Visiting Fellow



BSc (Hons 1) (The University of Sydney); PhD (The University of Queensland)


Ayesha is a conservation biologist with a passion for the ecology of birds and mammals, who began her career in Australia working with the National Parks and Wildlife Service in Royal National Park, New South Wales, to measure the response of small mammals including the threatened eastern pygmy possum to the devastating bushfires of 2001. She spent several years working as a zookeeper then as a landscape restoration project manager for the non-government organisation Greening Australia.

Ayesha returned to academia in 2009 to complete a PhD with Prof Hugh Possingham and Dr Kerrie Wilson at the University of Queensland's School of Biological Sciences, focussing on cost-effective and efficient resource allocation and decision-making processes for monitoring and management of threats to biodiversity. She then took up a one-year research fellow position with the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, exploring ways to account for uncertainty and risk in conservation planning and monitoring decisions.

In 2013 Ayesha joined Dr Jonathan Rhodes at the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management as a National Environmental Research Program (NERP) research fellow, to deliver a project in collaboration with the Australian Department of the Environment, the South Australian Government, and Dr Ascelin Gordon at RMIT University, investigating cumulative impacts of threatening processes on species in the arid zone of South Australia. She developed a new frameword for strategic assessment of infrastructure development scenarios on threatened species.

In 2014 Ayesha started as a research fellow with Prof David Lindenmayer in the Fenner School at ANU. She is working on understanding variability in species responses to threat management actions to inform better conservation decisions, with a particular focus on teasing apart bottom-up versus top-down effects. She also continues her research into optimal monitoring, asking questions related to the value of information collected at different temporal and spatial scales and with different survey protocols for informing management decisions for the eastern bristlebird.

Ayesha's long-time interest in learning about birds and how best to mitigate their threatening processes has led to her involvement with ongoing citizen science programs such as Eremaea eBird, an online bird survey database for which she is the website Managing Editor, and with BirdLife Australia's State of Australia's Birds report.


For a list of all my publications, please see my google scholar page at http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=3Vh11aYAAAAJ&hl=en

Tulloch, A.I.T., Maloney, R, Joseph, L., Bennett, J., DiFonzo, M., Probert, W., O’Connor, S., Densem, J. & Possingham, H.P. (in press). The influence of risk aversion on prioritizing conservation projects. Conservation Biology in press.

Tulloch, A.I.T., Tulloch, V.J.D., Evans, M., Mills, M. (in press) Learning from the past to inform the future: How valuable are models of management feasibility? Conservation Biology  in press.

Bennett, J., Eliiott, G., Mellish, B. Joseph, L., Tulloch, A.I.T., Probert, W., DiFonzo, M., Monks, J., Possingham, H.P. & Maloney, R. (2014). Balancing phylogenetic diversity and species numbers in conservation prioritization. Biological Conservation 174: 47-54.

Auerbach, N., Tulloch, A.I.T. & Possingham, H.P. (2014). Informed actions: Where to cost-effectively manage multiple threats to species to maximize return on investment. Ecological Applications, preprint http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/13-0711.1.

Guisan, A., Tingley, R., Baumgartner, J.B., Naujokaitis-Lewis, I., Sutcliffe, P.R., Tulloch, A.I.T., Regan, T.J., Brotons, L., McDonald-Madden, E., Mantyka-Pringle, C., Martin, T.G., Rhodes, J., Maggini, R. Setterfield, S.A., Elith, J., Schwartz, M.A., Wintle, B.A., Broennimann, O., Austin, M., Ferrier, S., Kearney, M.R., Possingham, H.P., & Buckley, Y.M. (2013). Predicting species distributions for conservation decisions. Ecology Letters, 16(12): 1424-1435 doi: 10.1111/ele.12189.

Tulloch, A.I.T., Joseph, L., Szabo, J.K., Martin, T. & Possingham, H.P. (2013). Realising the full potential of citizen science monitoring programs. Biological Conservation 165: 128-138.

Tulloch, A.I.T., Chadès, I. & Possingham, H.P. (2013). Accounting for species complementarity to maximize monitoring power for species management. Conservation Biology 27(5): 988-999.

Levin, N., Tulloch, A.I.T., Gordon, A., Mazor, T., Bunnefeld, N. & Kark, S. (2013). Incorporating socio-economic and political factors of collaboration between countries into marine conservation planning: The Mediterranean Sea as a case study. BioScience 63(7): 547-563.

Tulloch, V.J., Klein, C.J., Roelfsema, C., Tulloch, A.I.T., Jupiter, S.D., & Possingham, H.P. (2013). Incorporating uncertainty associated with habitat data in marine reserve design. Biological Conservation 162, 41-51.

Tulloch, A.I.T., Mustin, K., Possingham, H.P., Szabo, J.K. & Wilson, K.A. (2013). To boldly go where no volunteer has gone before: predicting volunteer activity to prioritise surveys at the landscape scale. Diversity and Distributions 19: 465-480.

Tulloch, A.I.T. & Szabo, J.K. (2012). A behavioural ecology approach to understand volunteer surveying for citizen science datasets. Emu 112: 313-325.

Tulloch, A., Possingham, H.P. & Wilson, K. (2011). Wise selection of an indicator for monitoring the success of management actions. Biological Conservation 144: 141-154. 

Tulloch, A.I., & Dickman, C.R. (2007). Effects of food and fire on the demography of a nectar-feeding marsupial: a field experiment. Journal of Zoology (London) 273: 382-388. 

Tulloch, A.I., & Dickman, C.R. (2006). Floristic and structural components of habitat use by the eastern pygmy-possum (Cercartetus nanus) in burnt and unburnt habitats. Wildlife Research 33:627-637.

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