Dr Georgia Garrard
Georgia is a Senior Research Fellow with ICON Science. She is a quantitative ecologist and has worked on projects related to urban biodiversity conservation, imperfect detectability and conservation decision making. She currently works as part of the National Environmental Science Programme Threatened Species Recovery Hub, where she co-leads a project investigating how to increase community buy-in to threatened species conservation through better communication and engagement. Georgia’s recent research investigated better planning for biodiversity in urban environments and her protocol for Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design was nominated as a finalist in the 2016 Banksia Sustainable Cities Award.
Dr Freya Thomas
Freya is a quantitative plant ecologist, who adores plants and whose work has previously focused on developing predictive trait-based models of plant growth. She has also spent time working on designing and implementing long term monitoring programs for riparian vegetation in Victoria. Freya’s current research at RMIT investigates the design of green spaces in urban areas for biodiversity and human well-being.