A plant ecologist by training, I’ve always been fascinated by the process of change in ecological communities, and the factors driving those changes. I’m also deeply interested in the process of decision-making in natural resource management and conservation. Quite varied interests you might say! I like to think my work brings those interests together, and here is my attempt to explain how….
Ecological systems are highly complex and variable through time and space, and our understanding of how and why these systems change is inherently uncertain. Yet despite this uncertainty managers routinely have to make decisions about how best to invest precious resources to manage these systems. Not forgetting that such decisions typically sit against a backdrop of multiple (and competing) environmental, economic and social objectives, it’s easy to see why such problems are commonly described as ‘wicked’.
My research and teaching draw upon the practices of structured decision-making, adaptive management, and risk assessment. My interests focus on exploring and developing tools and techniques to help resolve the uncertainty that hampers decision-making. For more detail on my research projects or teaching, please see the relevant pages on this website, or feel free to contact me:
Dr Libby Rumpff
Research Fellow, Lecturer
School of Botany
University of Melbourne VIC 3010
Phone: 03 8344 8091
Email: lrumpff ‘at’ unimelb.edu.au