Tori is a Research Assistant working on the Habitat Stepping Stones program. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma of Research (Science), a Bachelor of Business Administration (International Studies) and is currently completing postgraduate research (MPhil) in Conservation Science.
Before joining ARIES, Tori worked on a NSW Adaptation Research Hub project assessing the state of protected areas under climate change led by Macquarie University. Before this, she was involved in a project aimed at improving community-based forestry practices in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Vanuatu led by James Cook University.
Tori is interested in multi-disciplinary research that explores the environmental and economic trade-offs of development scenarios. She is currently using quantitative tools to investigate the potential for carbon payments to reduce emissions in Southeast Asian nations.
- Using quantitative tools, e.g. geographic information systems (GIS), cost-benefit analysis and decision support software, to explore trade-offs of planning scenarios
- The impacts of land-use and climate change on biodiversity
- Assessing the potential for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) to mitigate carbon emissions in Indonesia
- The design and management effectiveness of protected areas
Tori is a member of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Australian Science Communicators and the Society for Conservation Biology.
Outside of her work, Tori is passionate about frog conservation and is an enthusiastic writer. Her work has been published in Australian Geographic, Outdoor and on several blogs.