Researcher biography

Dr Nicole Shumway is a conservation scientist in the Centre for Policy Futures. Nicki’s research seeks to understand how conservation and biodiversity outcomes can be improved by interfacing science with policy using novel approaches and decision-support tools.

She is particularly interested in coastal and marine restoration planning and policy, conservation and impact mitigation at the land-sea interface, and marine biodiversity offsets and net gain policy. Nicki has contributed her expertise in the field of biodiversity conservation and offset policy to several national and international initiatives, including the development of the marine biodiversity offset plan and calculator for the Great Barrier Reef.

Her current research as co-lead of the regulatory subprogram of the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP) explores the policy implications of innovative marine restoration and adaptation practices in the Great Barrier Reef. She is also a CI on a National Environmental Science Program (NESP) project, which seeks to overcome barriers to implementing marine restoration.