Researcher biography

Professor Kerrie Wilson is an ARC Future Fellow at The University of Queensland (UQ), Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, and an Affiliated Professor in Conservation Science at The University of Copenhagen. Kerrie holds a degree in Environmental Science (First Class Honours, awarded in 1999) from UQ and a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Melbourne in 2004 undertaken in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre located in Cambridge. Kerrie has previously held leadership positions with non-government organisations including Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy Australia. Her research interests include applied conservation resource allocation problems, analysing the socio-political and institutional factors that influence investment success in conservation, and quantifying the conservation benefits of investments (in terms of biodiversity and ecosystem services). Her research has been published in high impact journals such as Nature and Science and involves collaborations with governmental and NGOs at local, national and global levels. She teaches in Conservation Biology and Climate Change courses at UQ, supervises an amazing team of research higher degree students. She has received numerous national awards, including two Australian Research Council Research Fellowships, an Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Young Researcher, the Prime Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, the Australian Academy of Science Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science.

Discussion with prospective collaborators and post-graduate students and post-docs regarding research opportunities that exist in the lab are welcomed.

Research Interests

  • Conservation
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Restoration

Research Impacts

Dr Wilson was the UQ node leader of the National Environmental Research Program Environmental Decisions hub and is a Key Personnel with the National Environmental Science Program Threatened Species Research hub. These hubs undertake research on terrestrial biodiversity in a wide range of environments to assist government agencies to protect and restore Australia' biodiversity. The research includes new tools, data, models and authoritative syntheses that enable Australian governments to make evidence-based decisions to halt, then reverse, the decline in biodiversity.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons), The University of Queensland