Professor Lian Pin Koh

Lian Pin Koh
Chair of Applied Ecology and Conservation
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

I am Professor and Chair of Applied Ecology and Conservation in the School of Biological Sciences, and the Environment Institute, at the University of Adelaide in South Australia.

I also currently take on the following key appointments:
• Director, Centre for Applied Conservation Science
• Director, Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility
• Research and Innovation Fellow, Conservation International
• Australian Research Council Future Fellow Level II

Professor Lian Pin Koh

I am Professor and Chair of Applied Ecology and Conservation in the School of Biological Sciences, and the Environment Institute, at the University of Adelaide in South Australia.

I also currently take on the following key appointments:
• Director, Centre for Applied Conservation Science
• Director, Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility
• Research and Innovation Fellow, Conservation International
• Australian Research Council Future Fellow Level II

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.

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I am an applied ecologist and environmental scientist. My research focuses on developing the Science and science-based decision support tools to help reconcile society’s growing consumptive needs with environmental protection. I address this challenge through field studies and experiments, computer simulations and modelling, as well as by co-opting emerging technologies for use in environmental research and applications. Geographically my research is focused on the developing tropics where population growth is most rapid, the people are poorest, and biodiversity is richest and yet most threatened globally.

Currently I am supervising nine postgraduates and six staff. My group is considered a world leader in cross-disciplinary environmental science. I strongly believe in the virtues of collegial and collaborative research. My group has partnered with nongovernmental organisations, policymakers, industry players, social scientists, environmental economists, computer engineers and software developers. I have co-authored publications with >100 colleagues from >20 nations, and from top research institutions, including Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, Stanford University, Cambridge University, ETH Zurich, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Centre for Applied Conservation Science

In particular, my group’s research on the impacts of industrial agriculture has spurred significant interest and advancement in this field. Our findings on the environmental and socioeconomic repercussions of an aggressively developing oil-palm industry in Southeast Asia has been published in high impact journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USANature, ScienceConservation Letters, and Trends in Ecology & Evolution.

Our research also extends to the development of cutting-edge tools to evaluate the consequences and trade-offs of alternative land-use planning scenarios. We often do so through evidence-based modelling of the impacts of land-use change by taking account of a wide range of societal priorities, including food security, human livelihoods, forest preservation, carbon conservation and economic development. Our models have been applied to support policymaking in various contexts, including the trajectories and impacts of agricultural development in Asia and South America.

My group is also a pioneer in the use of emerging technologies for environmental applications. I started using unmanned aircraft (or ‘drones’) for surveying orangutans in the rainforests of Sumatra in 2012. Our work on conservation drones has not only received international public interest and resulted in well-cited publications, but it has also led to the widespread adoption of this transformative technology in the environmental sciences.

Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility

Although a big part of my work is concerned with translational research, as exemplified above, I have also made significant contributions to the Science that underpins such applications. For example, my research on matrix-calibrated species-area models helps to improve our understanding and prediction of how land-use change affects biodiversity. Not only has my work on these theoretical models and their applications received significant attention from colleagues, but it has also laid the foundation for new research by students in my group and elsewhere.

I am deeply passionate about the communication of Science to the general public, as evidenced by numerous and regular features on the work of my group by international media, including the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American, NewScientist, Public Radio International, Time Magazine, the Telegraph, Wikipedia, among others.


Date Position Institution name
2017 Professor of Applied Ecology and Conservation University of Adelaide
2016 Director, Centre for Applied Conservation Science University of Adelaide
2016 Conservation International Research and Innovation Fellow Conservation International
2015 Director, Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility University of Adelaide
2015 Chief RPAS Controller and Maintenance Controller University of Adelaide
2014 - 2016 Associate Professor of Applied Ecology and Conservation University of Adelaide

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review


Date Institution name Country Title
2004 - 2008 Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University United States PhD
2001 - 2003 Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore Singapore MSc
1997 - 2001 Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore Singapore BSc


Date Title Institution name Country
2015 RPAS Controller Certificate Civil Aviation Safety Authority Australia

Research Interests


Year Citation
2017 Carrasco, L., Webb, E., Symes, W., Koh, L., & Sodhi, N. (2017). Global economic trade-offs between wild nature and tropical agriculture. PLoS Biology, 15(7), 1-22.
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2017 Szantoi, Z., Smith, S., Strona, G., Koh, L., & Wich, S. (2017). Mapping orangutan habitat and agricultural areas using Landsat OLI imagery augmented with unmanned aircraft system aerial photography. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 38(8-10), 2231-2245.
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2017 Nakamura, A., Kitching, R., Cao, M., Creedy, T., Fayle, T., Freiberg, M., . . . Ashton, L. (2017). Forests and Their Canopies: Achievements and Horizons in Canopy Science. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 32(6), 438-451.
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2017 Manish, K., Pandit, M., Telwala, Y., Nautiyal, D., Koh, L., & Tiwari, S. (2017). Elevational plant species richness patterns and their drivers across non-endemics, endemics and growth forms in the Eastern Himalaya. Journal of Plant Research, 130(5), 829-844.
2017 Rachakonda, S., Corlett, R., Dayananda, S., Goodale, U., Kilpatrick, A., Kotagama, S., . . . Goodale, E. (2017). Horizontal and vertical species turnover in tropical birds in habitats with differing land use. Biology Letters, 13(5), 1-5.
2017 Burivalova, Z., Hua, F., Koh, L., Garcia, C., & Putz, F. (2017). A critical comparison of conventional, certified, and community management of tropical forests for timber in terms of environmental, economic, and social variables. Conservation Letters, 10(1), 4-14.
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2016 Chaudhary, A., Burivalova, Z., Koh, L., & Hellweg, S. (2016). Impact of forest management on species richness: global meta-analysis and economic trade-offs. Scientific Reports, 6(1), 23954-1-23954-10.
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2016 Hodgson, J., & Koh, L. (2016). Best practice for minimising unmanned aerial vehicle disturbance to wildlife in biological field research. Current Biology, 26(10), R404-R405.
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2016 Abram, N., MacMillan, D., Xofis, P., Ancrenaz, M., Tzanopoulos, J., Ong, R., . . . Knight, A. (2016). Identifying where REDD+ financially out-competes oil palm in floodplain landscapes using a fine-scale approach. PLoS ONE, 11(6), e0156481.
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2016 Srinivas, A., & Koh, L. (2016). Oil palm expansion drives avifaunal decline in the Pucallpa region of Peruvian Amazonia. Global Ecology and Conservation, 7, 183-200.
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2016 Marvin, D., Koh, L., Lynam, A., Wich, S., Davies, A., Krishnamurthy, R., . . . Asner, G. (2016). Integrating technologies for scalable ecology and conservation. Global Ecology and Conservation, 7, 262-275.
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2016 Lee, J., Koh, L., & Wilcove, D. (2016). Junking tropical forests for junk food?. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14(7), 355-356.
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2016 Lee, J., Wich, S., Widayati, A., & Koh, L. (2016). Detecting industrial oil palm plantations on Landsat images with Google Earth Engine. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, 4, 219-224.
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2016 Lee, J. S. H., Jaafar, Z., Tan, A. K. J., Carrasco, L. R., Ewing, J. J., Bickford, D. P., . . . Koh, L. P. (2016). Toward clearer skies: challenges in regulating transboundary haze in Southeast Asia. Environmental Science and Policy, 55(1), 87-95.
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2016 Giam, X., Mani, L., Koh, L., & Tan, H. (2016). Saving Tropical Forests by Knowing What We Consume. Conservation Letters, 9(4), 267-274.
2015 Law, E., Meijaard, E., Bryan, B., Mallawaarachchi, T., Koh, L., & Wilson, K. (2015). Better land-use allocation outperforms land sparing and land sharing approaches to conservation in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Biological Conservation, 186, 276-286.
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2015 Brun, C., Cook, A., Lee, J., Wich, S., Koh, L., & Carrasco, L. (2015). Analysis of deforestation and protected area effectiveness in Indonesia: a comparison of Bayesian spatial models. Global Environmental Change, 31, 285-295.
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2015 Burivalova, Z., Lee, T., Giam, X., Sekercioglu, Ç., Wilcove, D., & Koh, L. (2015). Avian responses to selective logging shaped by species traits and logging practices. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282(1808), 20150164-1-20150164-8.
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2015 van Andel, A., Wich, S., Boesch, C., Koh, L., Robbins, M., Kelly, J., & Kuehl, H. (2015). Locating chimpanzee nests and identifying fruiting trees with an unmanned aerial vehicle. American Journal of Primatology, 77(10), 1122-1134.
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2015 Turner, W., Rondinini, C., Pettorelli, N., Mora, B., Leidner, A., Szantoi, Z., . . . Woodcock, C. (2015). Free and open-access satellite data are key to biodiversity conservation. BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION, 182, 173-176.
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2015 Campos-Arceiz, A., Primack, R., & Koh, L. (2015). Reviewer recommendations and editors' decisions for a conservation journal: Is it just a crapshoot? And do Chinese authors get a fair shot?. Biological Conservation, 186, 22-27.
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2015 Abood, S., Lee, J., Burivalova, Z., Garcia-Ulloa, J., & Koh, L. (2015). Relative contributions of the logging, fiber, oil palm, and mining industries to forest loss in Indonesia. Conservation Letters, 8(1), 58-67.
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2015 Burivalova, Z., Bauert, M., Hassold, S., Fatroandrianjafinonjasolomiovazo, N., & Koh, L. (2015). Relevance of global forest change data set to local conservation: case study of forest degradation in Masoala National Park, Madagascar. Biotropica, 47(2), 267-274.
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2014 Gibson, L., Lee, T., Koh, L., Brook, B., Gardner, T., Barlow, J., . . . Sodhi, N. (2014). Erratum: Primary forests are irreplaceable for sustaining tropical biodiversity (Nature (2011) 478 (378-381) DOI: 10.1038/nature10425). Nature, 505(7485), 710.
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2014 Lee, J., Abood, S., Ghazoul, J., Barus, B., Obidzinski, K., & Koh, L. (2014). Environmental impacts of large-scale oil palm enterprises exceed that of smallholdings in Indonesia. Conservation Letters, 7(1), 25-33.
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2014 Burivalova, Z., Şekercioǧlu, C., & Koh, L. (2014). Thresholds of logging intensity to maintain tropical forest biodiversity. Current Biology, 24(16), 1893-1898.
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2014 Habel, J., Eggermont, H., Günter, S., Mulwa, R., Rieckmann, M., Koh, L., . . . Lens, L. (2014). Towards more equal footing in north-south biodiversity research: European and sub-Saharan viewpoints. Biodiversity and Conservation, 23(12), 3143-3148.
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2014 Wich, S., Garcia-Ulloa, J., Kühl, H., Humle, T., Lee, J., & Koh, L. (2014). Will oil palm's homecoming spell doom for Africa's great apes?. Current Biology, 24(14), 1659-1663.
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2014 Lee, J., Garcia-Ulloa, J., Ghazoul, J., Obidzinski, K., & Koh, L. (2014). Modelling environmental and socio-economic trade-offs associated with land-sparing and land-sharing approaches to oil palm expansion. Journal of Applied Ecology, 51(5), 1366-1377.
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2014 Carrasco, L. R., Nghiem, T. P. L., Sunderland, T., & Koh, L. P. (2014). Economic valuation of ecosystem services fails to capture biodiversity value of tropical forests. Biological Conservation, 178, 163-170.
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2014 Paneque-Gálvez, J., McCall, M., Napoletano, B., Wich, S., & Koh, L. (2014). Small drones for community-based forest monitoring: an assessment of their feasibility and potential in tropical areas. Forests, 5(6), 1481-1507.
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2014 Lee, J., Ghazoul, J., Obidzinski, K., & Koh, L. (2014). Oil palm smallholder yields and incomes constrained by harvesting practices and type of smallholder management in Indonesia. Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 34(2), 501-513.
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2014 Giam, X., Koh, L., & Wilcove, D. (2014). Tropical crops: Cautious optimism. Science, 346(6212), 928.
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2014 Pandit, M., Manish, K., & Koh, L. (2014). Dancing on the roof of the world: ecological transformation of the Himalayan landscape. BioScience, 64(11), 980-992.
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2013 Koh, L. P. (2013). An important global analysis of reptile conservation status. Biological Conservation, 159, iii.
2013 Campos-Arceiz, A., Koh, L., & Primack, R. (2013). Are conservation biologists working too hard?. Biological Conservation, 166, 186-190.
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2013 Koh, L., Koellner, T., & Ghazoul, J. (2013). Transformative optimisation of agricultural land use to meet future food demands. PeerJ, 1(1), e188-1-e188-10.
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2013 Phelps, J., Carrasco, L., Webb, E., Koh, L., & Pascual, U. (2013). Agricultural intensification escalates future conservation costs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(19), 7601-7606.
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2013 Wilcove, D., Giam, X., Edwards, D., Fisher, B., & Koh, L. (2013). Navjot's nightmare revisited: logging, agriculture, and biodiversity in Southeast Asia. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 28(9), 531-540.
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2012 Wich, S., & Koh, L. P. (2012). Conservation drones. GIM International, 26(11), 29-33.
2012 Evans, D., Barnard, P., Koh, L., Chapman, C., Altwegg, R., Garner, T., . . . Pettorelli, N. (2012). Funding nature conservation: who pays?. Animal Conservation, 15(3), 215-216.
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2012 Laurance, W., & Koh, L. (2012). Preface: Advancing conservation science. Biological Conservation, 151(1), 1-2.
2012 Koh, L., Gibbs, H., Potapov, P., & Hansen, M. (2012). a web-based decision-support tool for implementing Indonesia's forest moratorium. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 3(2), 310-316.
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2012 Venter, O., & Koh, L. (2012). Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+): game changer or just another quick fix?. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1249(1), 137-150.
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2012 Edwards, D., Koh, L., & Laurance, W. (2012). Indonesia's REDD+ pact: saving imperilled forests or business as usual?. Biological Conservation, 151(1), 41-44.
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2012 Koh, L., & Lee, T. (2012). Sensible consumerism for environmental sustainability. Biological Conservation, 151(1), 3-6.
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2012 Giam, X., Koh, L., Tan, H., Miettinen, J., Tan, H., & Ng, P. (2012). Global extinctions of freshwater fishes follow peatland conversion in Sundaland. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 10(9), 465-470.
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2012 Garcia-Ulloa, J., Sloan, S., Pacheco, P., Ghazoul, J., & Koh, L. (2012). Lowering environmental costs of oil-palm expansion in Colombia. Conservation Letters, 5(5), 366-375.
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2012 Koh, L., & Wich, S. (2012). Dawn of drone ecology: low-cost autonomous aerial vehicles for conservation. Tropical Conservation Science, 5(2), 121-132.
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2012 Ziegler, A., Phelps, J., Yuen, J., Webb, E., Lawrence, D., Fox, J., . . . Koh, L. (2012). Carbon outcomes of major land-cover transitions in SE Asia: Great uncertainties and REDD+ policy implications. Global Change Biology, 18(10), 3087-3099.
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2012 Indrawan, M., Wahid, N., Argeloo, M., Mile-Doucet, S., Tasirin, J., Koh, L., . . . McGowan, P. (2012). All politics is local: the case of the Macrocephalon maleo conservation on Sulawesi, Indonesia. Biodiversity and Conservation, 21(14), 3735-3744.
2011 Yong, D., Qie, L., Sodhi, N., Koh, L., Peh, K., Lee, T., . . . Lim, S. (2011). Do insectivorous bird communities decline on land-bridge forest islands in Peninsular Malaysia?. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 27(1), 1-14.
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2011 Kettle, C., Ghazoul, J., Ashton, P., Cannon, C., Chong, L., Diway, B., . . . Burslem, D. (2011). Seeing the fruit for the trees in Borneo. Conservation Letters, 4(3), 184-191.
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2011 Koh, L., & Lee, T. (2011). Obituary: Remembering Navjot S. Sodhi (March 18, 1962-June 12, 2011). Biological Conservation, 144(9), 2133.
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2011 Koh, L., Miettinen, J., Liew, S., & Ghazoul, J. (2011). Reply to Paoli et al.: Explicit consideration of model uncertainties. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108(25), E219.
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2011 Koh, L., Miettinen, J., Liew, S., & Ghazoul, J. (2011). Remotely sensed evidence of tropical peatland conversion to oil palm. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108(12), 5127-5132.
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2011 Phelps, J., Webb, E., & Koh, L. (2011). Risky business: an uncertain future for biodiversity conservation finance through REDD+. Conservation Letters, 4(2), 88-94.
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2011 Koh, L. (2011). Balancing societies' priorities: an ecologist's perspective on sustainable development. Basic and Applied Ecology, 12(5), 389-393.
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2011 Lee, J., Rist, L., Obidzinski, K., Ghazoul, J., & Koh, L. (2011). No farmer left behind in sustainable biofuel production. Biological Conservation, 144(10), 2512-2516.
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2011 Gibson, L., Lee, T., Koh, L., Brook, B., Gardner, T., Barlow, J., . . . Sodhi, N. (2011). Primary forests are irreplaceable for sustaining tropical biodiversity. Nature, 478(7369), 378-381.
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2011 Ghazoul, J., & Koh, L. P. (2011). Seeing only REDD? A response to Law et al.. TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, 26(3), 106-107.
2011 Lee, T. M., & Lian, P. K. (2011). Navjot S. Sodhi (18 March 1962-12 June 2011) IN MEMORIAM. ANIMAL CONSERVATION, 14(5), 585-586.
2011 Koh, L. P., & Lee, T. M. (2011). Navjot S. Sodhi: the professor who wore his cap backwards. TROPICAL CONSERVATION SCIENCE, 4(2), IV-VI.
2011 Koh, L. P., & Lee, T. M. (2011). Remembering Navjot S. Sodhi (1962-2011) OBITUARY. BIOTROPICA, 43(5), 648.
2010 Koh, L. P., & Ghazoul, J. (2010). Geography and Indonesian oil-palm expansion Reply. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 107(45), E172.
2010 Sodhi, N., Koh, L., Clements, R., Wanger, T., Hill, J., Hamer, K., . . . Lee, T. (2010). Conserving Southeast Asian forest biodiversity in human-modified landscapes. Biological Conservation, 143(10), 2375-2384.
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2010 Koh, L., Ghazoul, J., Butler, R., Laurance, W., Sodhi, N., Vega, J., & Bradshaw, C. (2010). Wash and spin cycle threats to tropical biodiversity. Biotropica, 42(1), 67-71.
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2010 Laurance, W., Koh, L., Butler, R., Sodhi, N., Bradshaw, C., Neidel, J., . . . Vega, J. (2010). Improving the performance of the roundtable on sustainable palm oil for nature conservation. Conservation Biology, 24(2), 377-381.
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2010 Sodhi, N., Posa, M., Lee, T., Bickford, D., Koh, L., & Brook, B. (2010). The state and conservation of Southeast Asian biodiversity. Biodiversity and Conservation, 19(2 Sp Iss), 317-328.
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2010 Kettle, C., Ghazoul, J., Ashton, P., Cannon, C., Chong, L., Diway, B., . . . Burslem, D. (2010). Mass fruiting in Borneo: A missed opportunity. Science, 330(6004), 584.
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2010 Clements, G., Sayer, J., Boedhihartono, A., Venter, O., Lovejoy, T., Koh, L., & Laurance, W. (2010). Cautious optimism over Norway-Indonesia REDD pact. Conservation Biology, 24(6), 1437-1438.
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2010 Ghazoul, J., Koh, L., & Levang, P. (2010). Checking the reality check. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 25(1), 8-9.
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2010 Yapp, B., Struebig, M., Paoli, G., & Koh, L. (2010). Mitigating the biodiversity impacts of oil palm development. CAB Reviews, 5(19), 1-11.
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2010 Ghazoul, J., & Koh, L. (2010). Food security not (yet) threatened by declining pollination. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 8(1), 9-10.
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2010 Wilcove, D., & Koh, L. (2010). Addressing the threats to biodiversity from oil-palm agriculture. Biodiversity and Conservation, 19(4), 999-1007.
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2010 Koh, L., & Sodhi, N. (2010). Conserving Southeast Asia's imperiled biodiversity: scientific, management, and policy challenges. Biodiversity and Conservation, 19(4), 913-917.
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2010 Bawa, K., Koh, L., Lee, T., Liu, J., Ramakrishnan, P., Yu, D., . . . Raven, P. (2010). China, India, and the environment. Science, 327(5972), 1457-1459.
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2010 Huang, D., Su, Z., Zhang, R., & Koh, L. (2010). Degree of urbanization influences the persistence of Dorytomus weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionoidae) in Beijing, China. Landscape and Urban Planning, 96(3), 163-171.
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2010 Ghazoul, J., Koh, L., & Butler, R. (2010). A REDD light for wildlife-friendly farming. Conservation Biology, 24(3), 644-645.
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2010 Ghazoul, J., Butler, R., Mateo-Vega, J., & Koh, L. (2010). REDD: a reckoning of environment and development implications. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 25(7), 396-402.
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2010 Koh, L., & Ghazoul, J. (2010). A matrix-calibrated species-area model for predicting biodiversity losses due to land-use change. Conservation Biology, 24(4), 994-1001.
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2010 Koh, L., & Ghazoul, J. (2010). Spatially explicit scenario analysis for reconciling agricultural expansion, forest protection, and carbon conservation in Indonesia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(24), 11140-11144.
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2010 Koh, L., Lee, T., Sodhi, N., & Ghazoul, J. (2010). An overhaul of the species-area approach for predicting biodiversity loss: incorporating matrix and edge effects. Journal of Applied Ecology, 47(5), 1063-1070.
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2009 Dunn, R., Harris, N., Colwell, R., Koh, L., & Sodhi, N. (2009). The sixth mass coextinction: are most endangered species parasites and mutualists?. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 276(1670), 3037-3045.
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2009 Cleary, D., Genner, M., Koh, L., Boyle, T., Setyawati, T., de Jong, R., & Menken, S. (2009). Butterfly species and traits associated with selectively logged forest in Borneo. Basic and Applied Ecology, 10(3), 237-245.
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2009 Butler, R., Koh, L., & Ghazoul, J. (2009). REDD in the red: palm oil could undermine carbon payment schemes. Conservation Letters, 2(2), 67-73.
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2009 Koh, L., Levang, P., & Ghazoul, J. (2009). Designer landscapes for sustainable biofuels. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 24(8), 431-438.
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2009 Shi, A., Koh, L., & Tan, H. (2009). The biofuel potential of municipal solid waste. Global Change Biology. Bioenergy, 1(5), 317-320.
2009 Rist, L., Lee, J., & Koh, L. (2009). Biofuels: social benefits. Science, 326(5958), 1344.
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2009 Koh, L. (2009). Calling indonesia's us$13 billion bluff. Conservation Biology, 23(4), 789.
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2009 Koh, L., & Wilcove, D. (2009). Oil palm: disinformation enables deforestation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 24(2), 67-68.
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2009 Koh, L., Butler, R., & Bradshaw, C. (2009). Conversion of Indonesia's peatlands. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 7(5), 238.
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2009 Sodhi, N., Lee, T., Koh, L., & Brook, B. (2009). A Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Anthropogenic Forest Disturbance on Southeast Asia's Biotas. Biotropica, 41(1), 103-109.
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2008 Sodhi, N., Koh, L., Peh, K., Tan, H., Chazdon, R., Corlett, R., . . . Bradshaw, C. (2008). Correlates of extinction proneness in tropical angiosperms. Diversity and Distributions, 14(1), 1-10.
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2008 Sodhi, N., Bickford, D., Diesmos, A., Lee, T., Koh, L., Brook, B., . . . Bradshaw, C. (2008). Measuring the Meltdown: Drivers of Global Amphibian Extinction and Decline. PLoS One, 3(2), 1-8.
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2008 Koh, L. (2008). Birds defend oil palms from herbivorous insects. Ecological Applications, 18(4), 821-825.
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2008 Koh, L. (2008). Can oil palm plantations be made more hospitable for forest butterflies and birds?. Journal of Applied Ecology, 45(4), 1002-1009.
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2008 Koh, L., & Wilcove, D. (2008). Is oil palm agriculture really destroying tropical biodiversity?. Conservation Letters, 1(2), 60-64.
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2008 Koh, L., & Ghazoul, J. (2008). Biofuels, biodiversity, and people: understanding the conflicts and finding opportunities. Biological Conservation, 141(10), 2450-2460.
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2008 Koh, L., Tan, H., & Sodhi, N. (2008). Biofuels: waste not want not. Science, 320(5882), 1418.
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2007 Koh, L., & Wilcove, D. (2007). Cashing in palm oil for conservation. Nature, 448(7157), 993-994.
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2007 Koh, L. (2007). Impacts of land use change on South-east Asian forest butterflies: A review. Journal of Applied Ecology, 44(4), 703-713.
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2007 Posa, M., Sodhi, N., & Koh, L. (2007). Predation on artificial nests and caterpillar models across a disturbance gradient in Subic Bay, Philippines. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 23(1), 27-33.
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2007 Pin Koh, L. (2007). Potential habitat and biodiversity losses from intensified biodiesel feedstock production. Conservation Biology, 21(5), 1373-1375.
DOI Scopus61 WoS53 Europe PMC9
2007 Koh, L. (2007). Impending disaster or sliver of hope for Southeast Asian forests? The devil may lie in the details. Biodiversity and Conservation, 16(13), 3935-3938.
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2007 Pandit, M., Sodhi, N., Bhaskar, A., Koh, L., & Brook, B. (2007). Unreported yet massive deforestation driving loss of endemic biodiversity in Indian Himalaya. Biodiversity and Conservation, 16(1), 153-163.
DOI Scopus89 WoS75
2006 Sodhi, N., Koh, L., & Brook, B. (2006). Southeast Asian birds in peril. Auk, 123(1), 275-277.
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2006 Brook, B., Bradshaw, C., Koh, L., & Sodhi, N. (2006). Momentum Drives the Crash: Mass Extinction in the Tropics. Biotropica, 38(3), 302-305.
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2006 Sodhi, N., Brooks, T., Koh, L., Acciaioli, G., Erb, M., Tan, A., . . . Lee, R. (2006). Biodiversity and human livelihood crises in the Malay Archipelago. Conservation Biology, 20(6), 1811-1813.
DOI Scopus28 WoS25 Europe PMC13
2006 Sodhi, N., Lee, T., Koh, L., & Prawiradilaga, D. (2006). Long-term avifaunal impoverishment in an isolated tropical woodlot. Conservation Biology, 20(3), 772-779.
DOI Scopus25 WoS21 Europe PMC12
2006 Koh, L., & Menge, D. (2006). Rapid assessment of lepidoptera predation rates in neotropical forest fragments. Biotropica, 38(1), 132-134.
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2006 Clements, R., Koh, L., Lee, T., Meier, R., & Li, D. (2006). Importance of reservoirs for the conservation of freshwater molluscs in a tropical urban landscape. Biological Conservation, 128(1), 136-146.
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2005 Sodhi, N., Lee, T., Koh, L., & Dunn, R. (2005). A century of avifaunal turnover in a small tropical rainforest fragment. Animal Conservation, 8(2), 217-222.
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2005 Hau, B., Dudgeon, D., Corlett, R., Sodhi, N., Koh, L., Brook, B., & Ng, P. (2005). Beyond Singapore: Hong Kong and Asian biodiversity [2] (multiple letters). Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 20(6 SPEC. ISS.), 281-283.
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2005 Sodhi, N., Koh, L., Prawiradilaga, D., Darjono., Tinulele, I., Putra, D., & Tong Tan, T. (2005). Land use and conservation value for forest birds in Central Sulawesi (Indonesia). Biological Conservation, 122(4), 547-558.
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2005 Lee, T., Soh, M., Sodhi, N., Koh, L., & Lim, S. (2005). Effects of habitat disturbance on mixed species bird flocks in a tropical sub-montane rainforest. BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION, 122(2), 193-204.
2005 Sodhi, N., Koh, L., Brook, B., & Ng, P. (2005). Response to Hau et al.: Beyond Singapore: Hong Kong and Asian biodiversity. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 20(6), 282-283.
2004 Sodhi, N., Koh, L., Brook, B., & Ng, P. (2004). Southeast Asian biodiversity: an impending disaster. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 19(12), 654-660.
DOI Scopus669 WoS629 Europe PMC208
2004 Koh, L., Sodhi, N., & Brook, B. (2004). Ecological Correlates of Extinction Proneness in Tropical Butterflies. Conservation Biology, 18(6), 1571-1578.
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2004 Brook, B., Sodhi, N., & Koh, L. (2004). Co-Extinctions of Tropical Butterflies and their Hostplants. Biotropica, 36(2), 272-274.
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2004 Koh, L., Dunn, R., Sodhi, N., Colwell, R., Proctor, H., & Smith, V. (2004). Species coextinctions and the biodiversity crisis. Science, 305(5690), 1632-1634.
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2004 Koh, L., & Sodhi, N. (2004). Importance of reserves, fragments, and parks for butterfly conservation in a tropical urban landscape. ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS, 14(6), 1695-1708.
2004 Paperna, I., Peh, K., Martelli, P., Koh, L., & Sodhi, N. (2004). Factors affecting Sarcocystis infection of rats on small tropical islands. Ecological Research, 19(5), 475-483.
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2002 Koh, L., Sodhi, N., Tan, H., & Peh, K. (2002). Factors affecting the distribution of vascular plants, springtails, butterflies and birds on small tropical islands. Journal of Biogeography, 29(1), 93-108.
DOI Scopus25 WoS23


Book Chapters

Year Citation
2016 Wich, S., Scott, L., & Koh, L. (2016). Wings for wildlife: The use of conservation drones: Challenges and opportunities. In M. Jumbert, & K. Sandvik (Eds.), The Good Drone (pp. 153-167). United Kingdom: Routledge.
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2014 Kettle, C. J., Harrison, R., & Koh, L. P. (2014). Future forests: Fantasy or façade? A synthesis. In C. J. Kettle, & L. P. Koh (Eds.), Global Forest Fragmentation (pp. 158-169). CABI International.
2014 Kettle, C., & Koh, L. (2014). Global forest fragmentation: Introduction. In Unknown Book (pp. 1-4).
2013 Koh, L., Kettle, C., Sheil, D., Lee, T., Giam, X., Gibson, L., & Clements, G. (2013). Biodiversity state and trends in Southeast Asia. In S. A. Levin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of biodiversity (Vol. 1, 2 ed., pp. 509-527). UK: Elsevier.
2013 Koh, L. (2013). Balancing societies' priorities: a science-based approach to sustainable development in the tropics. In P. H. Raven, N. S. Sodhi, & L. Gibson (Eds.), Conservation biology: voices from the tropics (pp. 239-244). UK: Wiley.
2012 Lee, J., Garcia-Ulloa, J., & Koh, L. (2012). Biofuel expansion in southeast Asia: biodiversity impacts and policy guidelines. In A. Gasparatos, & P. Stromberg (Eds.), Socioeconomic and environmental impacts of biofuels: evidence from developing nations (pp. 191-204). New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press.
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2012 Sodhi, N., Posa, M., Peh, K., Koh, L., Soh, M., Lee, T., . . . Brook, B. (2012). Land use changes imperil South-East Asian biodiversity. In D. Lindenmayer, S. Cunningham, & A. Young (Eds.), Land Use Intensification: Effects in Agriculture, Biodiversity and Ecological Processes (1 ed., pp. 33-39). Australila: CSIRO Publishing.
2011 Lee, J., Garcia-Ulloa, J., & Koh, L. (2011). Impacts of biofuel expansion in biodiversity hotspots. In F. E. Zachos, & J. C. Habel (Eds.), Biodiversity hotspots: distribution and protection of conservation priority areas (pp. 277-293). Berlin, Germany: Springer.
2010 Koh, L., & Gardner, T. (2010). Conservation in human-modified landscapes. In N. S. Sodhi, & P. R. Ehrlich (Eds.), Conservation Biology for All (pp. 1-26). UK: Oxford University Press.
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2007 Koh, L. (2007). Importance of protected areas for butterfly conservation in a tropical urban landscape. In Biodiversity and Human Livelihoods in Protected Areas: Case Studies from the Malay Archipelago (pp. 95-110).

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2015 van Gemert, J., Verschoor, C., Mettes, P., Epema, K., Koh, L., & Wich, S. (2015). Nature conservation drones for automatic localization and counting of animals. In L. Agapito, M. Bronstein, & C. Rother (Eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) Vol. 8925 (pp. 255-270). Zurich, SWITZERLAND: SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN.
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Report for External Bodies

Year Citation
2012 Kapos, V., Kurz, W., Gardner, T., Ferreira, J., Guariguata, M., Koh, L., . . . van Vliet, N. (2012). Impacts of forest and land management on biodiversity and carbon: Understanding Relationships between Biodiversity, Carbon, Forests and People: The Key to Achieving REDD+ Objectives. Vienna, Austria: International Union of Forest Research Organizations.
2012 Thompson, I., Ferreira, J., Gardner, T., Guariguata, M., Koh, L., Okabe, K., . . . van Vliet, N. (2012). Forest biodiversity, carbon and other ecosystem services: relationships and impacts of deforestation and forest degradation: Understanding Relationships between Biodiversity, Carbon, Forests and People: The Key to Achieving REDD+ Objectives. Vienna, Austria: International Union of Forest Research Organizations.


Year Citation
Hodgson, J., Koh, L., Pham, T., & Reid, I. (n.d.). Drones count wildlife more accurately and precisely than humans: semi-automated aerial image counting approach - archived source code and dataset [Computer Software].

My group has secured significant research funding from a diverse portfolio of international, national and local granting bodies:

ARC Research Support

  • 2016-19: ARC Linkage Project (LP160100937), Ecology and management of the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat, Value: $270,000, CIs: B Ostendorf, M Lewis, LP Koh, R Wells, G Kerr, P Clements, D Shultz, E Sparrow
  • 2016-19: ARC Linkage Project (LP160101177), Airborne spatial tracking to save endangered species, Value: $181,194, CIs: D Ranasinghe, LP Koh, K Falkner, B Ostendorf, G Puddy
  • 2014-18: ARC Future Fellowship Level II (FT140100670), Balancing Societies’ Priorities in addressing Emerging National and Global Environmental Challenges, Value: $879,112, CI: LP Koh

Other Sources

  • 2016-18: Conservation International Strategic Fellows Program, USA, Value: USD$200,000 (~$270,000), CI: LP Koh
  • 2016: Morgan Family Foundation, USA, Value: USD$40,000 (~$55,000), CI: LP Koh
  • 2016-17: Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources SA (DEWNR), Value: $25,000, CI: LP Koh
  • 2016-17: Australian Plant Phenomics Facility - The Plant Accelerator, Value: $93,500, CIs: LP Koh, R Raja Segaran
  • 2016-19: Ian Potter Foundation Grant, Value: $400,000, CIs: Bush Heritage Australia, Arid Recovery, (LP Koh)
  • 2015-16: Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), Value: $100,000, CI: LP Koh
  • 2015-16: SA Research and Development Institute (SARDI), Value: $11,000, CI: LP Koh
  • 2015-16: Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources SA (DEWNR), Value: ~$90,000, CI: LP Koh
  • 2015: SA Water Corporation, Value: $10,000, CI: LP Koh
  • 2013-14: WWF International Project Development Grant, Value: USD$160,000 (~$220,000), CI: LP Koh
  • 2011-15: Swiss National Science Foundation Professorship, Value: ~CHF1.1 million (~$1.6 million), CI: LP Koh
  • 2011-14: Mercator Foundation Grant, Germany, Value: USD$195,000 (~$265,000), CIs: LP Koh and J Ghazoul
  • 2011: National Geographic Society/Waitt Foundation Grant, USA, Value: USD$15,000 (~$20,000), CIs: LP Koh, S Wich
  • 2009-12: Swiss National Science Foundation Project Grant, Value: ~CHF172,000 (~$240,000), CIs: LP Koh, J Ghazoul, L Rist

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2018 Co-Supervisor Exploring Accessible, Customization & Novel Technological Solutions For Enhancing Effectiveness of Biodiversity Conservation Initiatives Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Aakash Lamba
2018 Principal Supervisor Sustainable Indigenous Land Management Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sabine Buchheim
2017 Principal Supervisor Geographic Priority - Setting in the Asia Pacific: A Strategic Analysis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Tasya Vadya Sarira
2017 Co-Supervisor Wetland Invertebrate Biodiversity as a Reflection of Restoration Endeavours Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Miss Michelle Louise Sargent
2017 Principal Supervisor Co-benefits of Restoring Biodiversity for both Ecosystem and Human Health Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Matthew Jared Bowie
2016 Principal Supervisor Technology in Conservation Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Ms Kylie Piper
2016 Principal Supervisor New Perspectives: Adapting emerging technologies to achieve ecological outcomes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jarrod Hodgson
2016 Principal Supervisor Conservation Technology, Biodiversity Monitoring and Citizen Science. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alan Stenhouse
2015 Principal Supervisor Extinction Synergies: Quantifying the Influence of Multiple Threats on Natural Ecosystems and Wildlife Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Sreekar Rachakonda

Board Memberships

Date Role Board name Institution name Country
2016 - ongoing Member Board of Directors Conservation International Singapore Singapore
2012 - ongoing Founder Board of Directors United States

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
2015 - ongoing Editor Scientific Reports United Kingdom
2015 - ongoing Editor PeerJ United States
2014 - ongoing Editor-In-chief Cogent Environmental Science United Kingdom
2011 - ongoing Editor Biological Conservation Netherlands
Chair of Applied Ecology and Conservation
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