School of Biological Sciences postdoctoral research fellow Dr Alienor Chauvenet was among three University of Queensland scientists recognised at the 2017 Queensland Young Tall Poppy awards last week.

Dr Chauvenet and UQ Faculty of Medicine virologist Dr Kirsty Short.were among 12 Queensland finalists, and UQ’s Dr Lee Hickey of the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation was named the Advance Queensland Young Tall Poppy Scientist of the Year.

Dr Chauvenet’s research has focused on tackling the problems of biodiversity conservation in the most cost-efficient way, and examines the benefits of protecting animal and plant species by developing statistical and computer models based on ecological data.

Her research has shown that tackling conservation losses with the right action at the right time can save more species at the same cost as less effective approaches.

She organised the first ever Australian Soapbox Science event in Brisbane.

Dr Chauvenet commenced at The University of Queensland (UQ) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in October 2014.

She is also a researcher with the Australian Research Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions.

Read the UQ News story and the Queensland Government ministerial statement.

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