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Biographical entry Elith, Jane




Jane Elith is an internationally recognised ecologist known for her work in species distribution modelling, with application for the management of both threatened and invasive species. Research includes the prediction of species distributions under climate change, and strategies for managing habitat restoration and potential extinctions. Much of her work involves the use of statistics and computer science as well as traditional ecological techniques, and seeks to extract useful information from dispersed sources of variable reliability. Elith was awarded the Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year in 2015 and in 2017 was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.



Education - BAgrSc (hons), University of Melbourne
1992 - 1995
Career position - Tutor, School of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Melbourne
1996 -
Career position - Member, Ecological Society of Australia
Award - Daphne Elliott Bursary, Australian Federation of University Women
2002 - 2009
Career position - Research Associate, School of Botany, University of Melbourne
Education - PhD, University of Melbourne
2007 - 2010
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Ecography
2009 -
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Ecology
2010 - 2015
Career position - Australian Research Council Future Fellow, School of Botany, University of Melbourne
2011 -
Career position - Member, Society of Conservation Biology
Award - Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, Science, University of Melbourne
2011 - 2015
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Biological Invasions
Award - Thomson Reuters Citation Award for outstanding contribution to research in Biodiversity and Conservation
2013 -
Career position - Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Vegetation Information and Mapping, New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage
2013 -
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Diversity and Distributions
2014 -
Career position - Research Fellow, Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis, University of Melbourne
Award - Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, Commonwealth of Australia
Award - Gold Medal, Ecological Society of Australia
2017 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science

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