Researcher biography

Megan Evans is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Queensland. Her research falls broadly within environmental policy, governance and economics, with a particular focus on how complex policy processes translate into environmental outcomes. Megan has worked and published on topics ranging from biodiversity offsetting, native vegetation policy, carbon markets and conservation planning, and is passionate about conducting interdisciplinary, impactful research in close consultation with colleagues working in government, non-government organisations and industry.

Prior to her appointment at UQ, Megan was a PhD candidate at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University, where she investigated the challenges and complexities associated with conservation policy in Australia using an interdisciplinary, mixed methods approach. Her current work is part of the National Environmental Science Programme – Threatened Species Recovery Hub (NESP TSR), where I am investigating cost effective and innovative biodiversity offsetting approaches for Australian threatened species.

In addition to her research, she sits on the Board of the Society for Conservation Biology - Oceania, co-convene the Network of Enviornmental Social Scientists (NESS), and act as a handling editor for Conservation Letters and Conservation Biology.

Research Interests

  • Public policy
  • Environmental markets, regulation and governance
  • Science-policy interface
  • Interdisciplinary research

Research Impacts

  • Her research on land clearing was featured in the 2016 Australian State of the Environment Report. You can download the data here and here.
  • In 2012 Megan worked with colleagues from UQ, the ANU and the Australian Department of the Environment to develop the calculation approach underpinning the EPBC Act Offsets Assessment Guide. This decision support tool is used to determine offsets for significant impacts on all nationally threatened species and ecological communities under Australian federal law.
  • Worked with colleagues from CSIRO has directly informed the Australian Department of the Environment's risk-based approach for prioritising monitoring and compliance effort
  • Regular contributor of written policy submissions to State and Federal government consultation processes (available on my website)