Hello, and welcome!

I’m interested in the use of expert judgement, structured decision-making, risk assessment and conservation.

I have just recently (Jan 2019) submitted my PhD at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Prof. Mark Burgman, Dr. Anca Hanea,  Dr. Terry Walshe, and A/Prof Fiona Fidler.  My PhD research involved exploring the utility of structured expert elicitation protocols to improve the judgements provided by experts, and the accountability of policy makers to those judgements. Of particular interest are the IDEA protocol for structured expert judgement, and the scoring and weighing methods of the Classical Model (Cooke 1991).

I also work as a research associate for the Centre for Environmental and Economic Research at the University of Melbourne, where I provide assistance in risk and decision projects, through the application of expert elicitations and structured decision-making tools.

Prior to undertaking my PhD, I completed an honours project on Gabo Island, Victoria, where I developed an adaptive management trial for cattle in relation to a large colony of Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor). Should we remove the cattle? The trial ran for six years and was completed in November 2016. We are in the midst of writing everything we have learned about this project up at the moment.

After completing honours, I worked as a consultant botanist and environmental scientist for five years.  In this role, I undertook a large number of projects ranging from vegetation surveys, to the development of monitoring and management plans. Clients included a number of Victorian and NSW water authorities and Catchment Management Authorities, Parks Victoria, NSW Natural Resources Commission, the Australian Department of Defence, and the Port of Hastings Authority.  This work provided me with invaluable experience in vegetation survey, monitoring design, data analysis, risk assessment and decision making under uncertainty. It also planted a number of questions in my mind about the selection and use of experts in environmental science.  These questions led to me leaving my job, returning to full-time study and dedicating my PhD research to finding answers.

One of the most rewarding experiences over the past three years has been the establishment of the Victorian Biodiversity Conference. The conference was established by a small group of postgraduate researchers (including myself) in 2016. The aims of the conference are 1) to unlock science from behind paywalls and prohibitive conference fees, 2) to improve the connections between researchers, academia and government in Victortia related to global biodiversity challenges, and 3) to provide those earlier in their careers an opportunity to present their research and forge new connections among their peers and others who they may seek to collaborate with. In 2019, the conference ran for the third time. I had the privilege of working alongside and chairing the incredibly talented committee overseeing the conference. The conference was attended by 350 people, and the presentations were of an incredibly high standard. You can find out more: http://www.vicbiocon.com

Have some questions or thoughts? You can contact me

Victoria Hemming

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