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Prof. Melodie McGeoch

Melodie McGeoch

Professor - Ecology
Affiliation:
Monash University
About
Melodie McGeoch has 20 years of research and leadership experience in the fields of ecological theory, biodiversity science and biological invasion – http://melodiemcgeoch.com. Her research spans theoretical to applied ecology, with a common theme of approaches to better quantify, understand and monitor biodiversity. This includes the development and application of spatial scaling and community assembly models, and metrics of biodiversity turnover aimed at information rich extraction of knowledge from biodiversity data. She has over 150 publications, an h-Index of 47 (Google Scholar), multiple ISI Highly Cited publications (http://bit.ly/2jwDUIL), and is a recipient of the Australian Ecology Research Award. She has extensive experience working in national and international environmental policy arenas, at the interface between research and policy-relevant information delivery. She has developed and delivered indicators for the Convention on Biological Diversity and Sustainable Development Goals, contributed to the IPCC ARP5 and led the GBIF Data Fitness for Use on Alien and Invasive Species evaluation (http://bit.ly/2SvJubf). Currently she is co-Chair of the GEO BON Species Populations Working Group and lead of the sDiv funded project on Theory and Workflows for Tracking Alien and Invasive Species (http://bit.ly/2BThd7h). She is on the Advisory Board of the Atlas of Living Australia, previous member of the Centre for Excellence in Invasion Biology (South Africa) and previously Head of the SANParks Cape Research Centre. She collaborates closely with the Invasive Species Specialist Group (IUCN ISC), GBIF, Map of Life and GEO BON to advance the quality, coverage and sustainability of data on biodiversity and biological invasions. Specific recent contributions are Essential Variables for Invasion Monitoring (http://bit.ly/2ThxdH6) and the Global Register for Introduced and Invasion Species (https://go.nature.com/2yYfcFh).
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Invasive Alien Species assessment-Coordinating lead author