Dr Ascelin Gordon

Dr Ascelin Gordon is a Senior Research Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group within the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.

His research focuses on decision-making for allocating resources for conservation. This includes work on developing modelling approaches for understanding the impacts of environmental policies on biodiversity values in the landscape. He is also part of the multi-institution Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) funded by the Australian Research Council, and the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) Threatened Species Recovery Hub.

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Biodiversity offsetting; Conservation planning and spatial prioritisation; Setting priorities for conservation investment using ecological and economic theory; Ecological populating modelling; Risk and decision-making for conservation; Species Distribution Modelling; Conservation on private land and market based instruments for conservation

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Incorporating natural and human factors in habitat modelling and spatial prioritisation for the Lynx lynx martinoi

Laze, K and Gordon, A 2016, 'Incorporating natural and human factors in habitat modelling and spatial prioritisation for the Lynx lynx martinoi', Web Ecology, vol. 16, pp. 17-31.

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Interactions Between Biodiversity Offsets and Protected Area Commitments: Avoiding Perverse Outcomes

Maron, M, Gordon, A, Mackey, B, Possingham, H and Watson, J 2016, 'Interactions between biodiversity offsets and protected area commitments: Avoiding perverse outcomes', Conservation Letters, pp. 1-6.

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Schrödinger’s microbe: implications of coercing a living organism into a coherent quantum mechanical state

Here, we comment from a biological perspective upon experiments in quantum mechanics proposed by physicists that are likely to feasible in the near future. In these experiments, an entire living organism would be knowingly placed into a coherent quantum state for the first time, i.e. would be coerced into demonstrating quantum phenomena.

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Categories of flexibility in biodiversity offsetting, and their implications for conservation, Biological Conservation

Bull, J, Hardy, M, Moilanen, A and Gordon, A 2015, 'Categories of flexibility in biodiversity offsetting, and their implications for conservation', Biological Conservation, vol. 192, pp. 522-532.

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Locking in loss: Baselines of decline in Australian biodiversity offset policies

Martine Maron, Joseph W. Bull, Megan C. Evans, Dr Ascelin Gordon

Maron, M, Bull, J, Evans, M and Gordon, A 2015, '(In Press) Locking in loss: Baselines of decline in Australian biodiversity offset policies', Biological Conservation, pp. 1-9.

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Prioritizing urban habitats for connectivity conservation: Integrating centrality and ecological metrics

Fatemeh Poodat, Colin Arrowsmith, David Fraser, Dr Ascelin Gordon

Poodat, F, Arrowsmith, C, Fraser, D and Gordon, A 2015, '(In Press) Prioritizing urban habitats for connectivity conservation: Integrating centrality and ecological metrics', Environmental Management, pp. 1-11.

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Implementing backcasting for conservation: determining multiple policy pathways for retaining future targets of endangered woodlands in Sydney, Australia

Gordon, A 2015, 'Implementing backcasting for conservation: Determining multiple policy pathways for retaining future targets of endangered woodlands in Sydney, Australia', Biological Conservation, vol. 181, pp. 182-189.

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Prioritising urban habitats for connectivity conservation: integrating centrality and metapopulation metrics

Poodat, F, Arrowsmith, C, Fraser, D and Gordon, A 2015, '(In Press) Prioritizing urban habitats for connectivity conservation: Integrating centrality and ecological metrics', Environmental Management, pp. 1-11.

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Perverse incentives risk undermining biodiversity offset policies

Gordon, A, Bull, J, Wilcox, C and Maron, M 2015, 'Perverse incentives risk undermining biodiversity offset policies', Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 52, no. 2, pp. 532-537.

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Is my species distribution model fit for purpose? Matching data and models to applications

Guillera-Arroita, G, Lahoz-Monfort, J, Elith, J, Gordon, A, Kujalah, H, Lentini, P, McCarthy, M, Tingley, R and Wintle, B 2015, 'Is my species distribution model fit for purpose? Matching data and models to applications', Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 276-292.

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Cross-boundary collaboration: Key to the conservation puzzle

Kark, S, Tulloch, A, Gordon, A, Mazor, T, Bunnefeld, N and Levin, N 2015, 'Cross-boundary collaboration: Key to the conservation puzzle', Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, vol. 12, pp. 12-24.

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Integrating biological and social values when prioritizing places for biodiversity conservation

Amy Whitehead, Heini Kujala, Dr Christopher Ives, Dr Ascelin Gordon, Dr Pia Lentini, Brendan Wintle, Emily Nicholson, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christopher_Raymond

Whitehead, A, Kujalah, H, Ives, C, Gordon, A, Lentini, P, Wintle, B, Nicholson, E and Raymond, C 2014, 'Integrating biological and social values when prioritizing places for biodiversity conservation', Conservation Biology, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 992-1003.

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Characterizing spatial uncertainty when integrating social data in conservation planning

Lechner, A, Raymond, C, Adams, V, Polyakov, M, Gordon, A, Rhodes, J, Mills, M, Stein, A, Ives, C and Lefroy, E 2014, 'Characterizing spatial uncertainty when integrating social data in conservation planning', Conservation Biology, vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 1497-1511.

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