Ms Megan Evans



BSc (Hons I, UQ), BA (UQ)


My research falls broadly within environmental policy, governance and economics, with a particular focus on how complex policy processes translate into environmental outcomes. I have worked and published on topics ranging from biodiversity offsetting, native vegetation policy, carbon markets and conservation planning, and I am passionate about conducting interdisciplinary, impactful research in close consultation with colleagues working in government, non-government organisations and industry.

I was a PhD candidate at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University from 2013 to 2017, where I investigated the challenges and complexities associated with conservation policy in Australia using an interdisciplinary, mixed methods approach. My postdoctoral research at the University of Queensland is part of the National Environmental Science Programme – Threatened Species Recovery Hub (NESP TSR), where I am investigating cost effective and innovative biodiversity offsetting approaches for Australian threatened species.

In addition to my research, I sit on the Board of the Society for Conservation Biology - Oceania, co-convene the Network of Enviornmental Social Scientists (NESS), and act as a handling editor for Conservation Letters and Conservation Biology.

More about my research can be found at my website and blog:


Research interests

  • Public policy
  • Environmental markets, regulation and governance
  • Science-policy interface
  • Interdisciplinary research


Full publications listed here and on Google Scholar

Evans MC, Davila F, Toomey A, Wyborn C. 2017. Embrace complexity to improve conservation decision making. Nature Ecology & Evolution

Reside AE, Beher J, Cosgrove AJ, Evans MC, Seabrook L, Silcock JL, Wenger AS, Maron M. 2017. Ecological consequences of land-clearing and policy reform in Queensland. Pacific Conservation Biology 23:219–230.

Lindenmayer, D.B., Crane, M., Evans, M.C., Maron, M., Gibbons, P., Bekessy, S., Blanchard, W., 2017. The anatomy of a failed offset. Biological Conservation 210, Part A, 286–292. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2017.04.022

Evans MC. Deforestation in Australia: drivers, trends and policy responses. Pacific Conservation Biology 22:130–150.

Maron M, Ives CD, Kujula H, Bull JW, Maseyk F, Bekessy S, Gordon A, Watson JEM, Lentini P, Gibbons P, Possingham HP, Hobbs RJ, Keith DA, Wintle BA, Evans MC. In press. Taming a wicked problem: resolving controversies in biodiversity offsetting. BioScience.

Gibbons P, Evans MC, Maron M, Gordon A, Le Roux, D, von Hase, A, Lindenmayer, DB and Possingham, HP. 2015. A loss-gain calculator for biodiversity offsets and the circumstances in which no net loss is feasible. Conservation Letters. doi: 10.1111/conl.12206

Evans, M.C., Tulloch, A.I.T., Law, E.A., Raiter, K.G., Possingham, H.P. & Wilson, K.A. 2015. Clear consideration of costs, condition and conservation benefits yields better planning outcomes. Biological Conservation, 191, 716–727. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2015.08.023

Maron, M., Bull, J.W., Evans, M.C., Gordon, A., 2015. Locking in loss: baselines of decline in Australian biodiversity offset policies. Biological Conservation.

Evans, M.C., Carwardine, J., Fensham, R.J., Butler, D., Wilson, K.A., Possingham, H.P., Martin, T.G., In Press. Carbon farming in agricultural landscapes: assisted natural regeneration as a viable mechanism for restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services. Environmental Science & Policy.

Miller K, Dripps K, Trezise J, Kraus S, Evans MC, Gibbons P, Possingham HP,  Maron M. 2015. The Development of the Australian Environmental Offsets Policy: from Theory to Practice. Environmental Conservation. First View: 1–9.

Tulloch, V.J.D., Possingham, H.P., Visconti, P., Halpern, B.S., Watson, J.E.M., Evans, M.C., Auerbach, N.A., Barnes, M., Beger, M., Chadès, I., Giakoumi, S., McDonald-Madden, E., Murray, N.J., Ringma, J. & Tulloch, A.I.T. 2015. Why do we map threats? Linking threat mapping with actions to make good decisions for biodiversity conservation. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.  

Tulloch, AI, Tulloch, VI, Evans, MC, Mills M. Early View. The Value of Using Feasibility Models in Systematic Conservation Planning to Predict Landholder Management Uptake. Conservation Biology. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12403

Evans, MC, Possingham H.P., Wilson K.A. 2011. Extinctions: conserve not collate. Nature 474: 284-284. doi:10.1038/474284a

Wilson KA, Evans MC, Di Marco M, Green DC, Boitani L, Possingham HP, Chiozza F, Rondinini C. 2011. Prioritizing conservation investments for mammal species globally. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366:2670-2680. doi:10.1098/rstb.2011.0108

Evans MC, Watson JEM, Fuller RA, Venter O, Bennett SC, Marsack PR, Possingham HP. 2011. The Spatial Distribution of Threats to Species in Australia. BioScience 61: 281-289. doi: 10.1525/bio.2011.61.4.8

Evans MC, Possingham HP, Wilson KA.  2011. What to do in the face of multiple threats? Incorporating dependencies within a return on investment framework for conservation. Diversity and Distributions. doi.10.1111/j.1472-4642.2011.00747.x

Taylor MFJ, Sattler PS, Evans MC, Fuller RA, Watson JEM, Possingham HP. 2011. What works for threatened species recovery? An empirical evaluation for Australia. Biodiversity and Conservationdoi:10.1007/s10531-010-9977-8

Watson JEM, Evans MC, Carwardine J, Fuller RA, Joseph LN, Segan DB, Taylor MFJ, Fensham R, Possingham HP. 2011. The Capacity of Australia’s Protected-Area System to Represent Threatened Species. Conservation Biology.  doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2010.01587.x


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