Hello, Holly here.
Welcome to Nature on the Brain, thanks for stopping by!

Urban Biodiversity Conservation

Australia is an amazing country for ecologists, not only because it’s stuffed full of unique ecosystems, but some of the best applied ecology is being executed here.

In 2017 I joined the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Group (ICON Science) at RMIT University, Melbourne. ICON Science is part of the Centre for Urban Research, and as such their focus is often at the intersection between people and their environment.

My current research focus is on bridging the gap between my PhD in animal movement, and current challenges in Australian ecology.

Urban Ecological Connectivity
In collaboration with other researchers in the NESP Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub, I have been developing a simple framework for measuring ecological connectivity within urban landscapes.

This work was initially commissioned by the City of Melbourne, but hopefully the tool can be used by governments around the world for planning green infrastructure, with the aim of encouraging urban biodiversity. You can find a summary of the first stage of this project here, here and my recent talk at ESA 2020.

We have built a reproducible workflow in R to allow for wider implementation of the framework and easier prioritisation of different planning scenarios. The connectivity framework has been applied to range of different urban planning scenarios in Victoria.

Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design
I am excited to be leading a new research project at ICON Science! We recently won funding from The Ian Potter Foundation to take the Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design framework (BSUD) from theory to practice. This is an incredible opportunity for action research as we are working with industry partners, Yarra Valley Water & Lendlease, to implement biodiversity actions on-site in two new urban developments!

Interested in collaborating? Please get in touch!

BSUD actions at Fishermans Bend, Melbourne, Australia

I acknowledge the Whadjuk People of the Nyoongar region and the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations, as the Traditional Owners of the land on which I live and work. I respectfully recognise Elders past and present.