The Environmental Futures Team.


Rebecca Pirzl – Rebecca is an ecologist with research, business and policy experience. She joined CSIRO in 2014, where she leads initiatives and projects in ecology, digital biodiversity platforms and Indigenous domains and their intersections. Rebecca has a cross-disciplinary role in the Biodiversity Ecosystem Knowledge and Services Program of the Land and Water Business Unit, where she leads the Environmental Futures team. CSIRO profile; Google Scholar

Cameron Fletcher – Cameron studies the way people interact with the environment in systems where it is this interaction between people and the environment that drives change. He is an interdisciplinary scientist, using a wide range of techniques from computer modelling, mathematics, and economics, to ecological approaches and the techniques of social science. He leads teams containing specialists from various disciplinary backgrounds, integrating the insights from experts in different fields to build a whole-of-system understanding to inform government policy and management. CSIRO profile; Google Scholar

Nicky Grigg – Nicky works in interdisciplinary teams on a diverse range of projects concerned with global change and social-ecological systems. She brings experience in mathematical modelling and analysis of social-ecological systems. Current and recent projects she has worked on include: the development and application of a resilience, adaptation and transformation assessment framework for sustainability projects; interdisciplinary river basin analyses in South Asia; and projects exploring alternative futures for Australia through scenario and modelling analysis, including explorations of Australia’s vulnerability to natural hazards, and characterising societal benefits from water management. CSIRO profile; Google Scholar

Emma Woodward – Emma is an applied geographer whose research addresses issues that emerge at the critical nexus of the environment, interest groups with their individual priorities, and decision-making processes. She is an expert in the use of co-research practice and participatory methods to investigate and reveal the role of diverse people, knowledges and values to inform regional natural and cultural resource planning and management in Australia. Her research with Indigenous co-researchers also aims to address the challenges of, and harness future opportunities in relation to, reconciliation and ‘Closing the Gap’. CSIRO profile; Google Scholar

Karel Mokany – Karel develops and applies macroecological modelling approaches to improve our understanding of biodiversity patterns and dynamics, helping to ensure well informed biodiversity planning and management decisions. Karel’s research is focussed on providing information that is relevant for all biodiversity, not just a small number of iconic or well-studied species. He therefore approaches biodiversity modelling from a community-level perspective, examining patterns and changes in biodiversity across large regions with regard to all species that occur there. CSIRO profile; Google Scholar

Leah Talbot – Leah has experience in conservation and environmental management, high level Indigenous negotiations and developing collaborative Indigenous research methodologies, participative planning with Indigenous communities. Generally, her interests have always included social justice issues, Indigenous peoples rights and responsibilities, environmental issues, protection of cultural and natural resources, and finding ways and methods to develop a better future for our planet and people. CSIRO profile

Sam Andrew – Sam is undertaking a Postdoctoral Fellowship as part of the Environomics Future Science Platform aiming to explore how genomic and phenotypic variation can be used to explain the range of climates plant species occupy. The ability to identifying species that are near their temperature limits will mean targeted and proactive conservation management can protect these vulnerable species. The project is using transcriptomics to quantify genomic variation and the response of plants to extreme weather events. CSIRO profile; Google Scholar