Dr Megan Evans

Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow


School of Business (Building 27)


**I am seeking expressions of interest for PhD/Masters candidates. Please see my website for more information**

I am a Lecturer within the School of Business, UNSW Canberra, as part of the Public Service Research Group. I hold an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship which is examining the growth of private sector investment in biodiversity and natural capital. I am also affiliated with the University of Queensland's Centre for Policy Futures.

My expertise sits broadly within environmental policy, governance and economics, with a particular interest in the use of market-based instruments for biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation.  I have a diverse background, including undergraduate degrees in mathematics and ecology, a PhD in public policy, and direct experience with policymaking. I sit on the editorial boards of Conservation Letters and Conservation Biology.

Previously, I was a Research Fellow in the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science at the University of Queensland, and Principal Scientist in the Land Restoration Fund Unit, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland Government.

From 2016 to 2018 I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the University of Queensland, working with the National Environmental Science Program – Threatened Species Recovery Hub (NESP TSR). 

I completed my PhD at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University (2017), where I investigated the challenges and complexities associated with conservation policy in Australia using an interdisciplinary, mixed methods approach.

I was the inaugural Science Policy Intern at the Australian Academy of Science in 2016, and also worked with the Australian Government’s Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities on the EPBC Act Environmental Offsets Policy (2012).

Research Area

Book Chapters

Evans M, 2020, 'Effective engagement of conservation scientists with decision-makers', in Conservation Research, Policy and Practice, Cambridge University Press, pp. 162 - 182, https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/conservation-research-policy-and-practice/effective-engagement-of-conservation-scientists-with-decisionmakers/8E4443F6F45B020DDC017EF8A5478DAE

Journal articles

Maseyk FJF; Maron M; Gordon A; Bull JW; Evans MC, 2020, 'Improving averted loss estimates for better biodiversity outcomes from offset exchanges', ORYX, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0030605319000528

Moon K; Blackman DA; Adams VM; Colvin RM; Davila F; Evans MC; Januchowski-Hartley SR; Bennett NJ; Dickinson H; Sandbrook C; Sherren K; St. John FAV; van Kerkhoff L; Wyborn C, 2019, 'Expanding the role of social science in conservation through an engagement with philosophy, methodology, and methods', Methods in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 10, pp. 294 - 302, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13126

Evans MC; Cvitanovic C, 2018, 'An introduction to achieving policy impact for early career researchers', Palgrave Communications, vol. 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41599-018-0144-2

Evans MC, 2018, '` Economics and Environmental Change: The Challenges We Face', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS, vol. 62, pp. 713 - 715, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8489.12281

Reed SE; Thomas SL; Bednarek AT; DellaSala DA; Evans MC; Lundquist C; Mascia MB; McPherson TY; Watson JEM, 2018, 'Roles for scientific societies to engage with conservation policy', Conservation Biology, vol. 32, pp. 513 - 515, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13092

Evans MC, 2018, 'Effective incentives for reforestation: lessons from Australia's carbon farming policies', Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, vol. 32, pp. 38 - 45, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2018.04.002

Maron M; Brownlie S; Bull JW; Evans MC; Von Hase A; Quétier F; Watson JEM; Gordon A, 2018, 'The many meanings of no net loss in environmental policy', Nature Sustainability, vol. 1, pp. 19 - 27, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41893-017-0007-7

Evans MC; Davila F; Toomey A; Wyborn C, 2017, 'Embrace complexity to improve conservation decision making', Nature Ecology and Evolution, vol. 1, pp. 1588, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41559-017-0345-x

Lindenmayer DB; Crane M; Evans MC; Maron M; Gibbons P; Bekessy S; Blanchard W, 2017, 'The anatomy of a failed offset', Biological Conservation, vol. 210, pp. 286 - 292, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2017.04.022

Reside AE; Beher J; Cosgrove AJ; Evans MC; Seabrook L; Silcock JL; Wenger AS; Maron M, 2017, 'Ecological consequences of land clearing and policy reform in Queensland', Pacific Conservation Biology, vol. 23, pp. 219 - 230, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PC17001

Martin N; Evans M; Rice J; Lodhia S; Gibbons P, 2016, 'Using offsets to mitigate environmental impacts of major projects: A stakeholder analysis', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 179, pp. 58 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.04.054

Evans MC; Tulloch AIT; Law EA; Raiter KG; Possingham HP; Wilson KA, 2016, 'Better planning outcomes requires clear consideration of costs, condition and conservation benefits, and access to the best available data: Reply to Gosper et al., 2016', Biological Conservation, vol. 200, pp. 242 - 243, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.06.009

Gibbons P; Evans MC; Maron M; Gordon A; Le Roux D; von Hase A; Lindenmayer DB; Possingham HP, 2016, 'A Loss-Gain Calculator for Biodiversity Offsets and the Circumstances in Which No Net Loss Is Feasible', Conservation Letters, vol. 9, pp. 252 - 259, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/conl.12206

Maron M; Ives CD; Kujala H; Bull JW; Maseyk FJF; Bekessy S; Gordon A; Watson JEM; Lentini PE; Gibbons P; Possingham HP; Hobbs RJ; Keith DA; Wintle BA; Evans MC, 2016, 'Taming a Wicked Problem: Resolving Controversies in Biodiversity Offsetting', BioScience, vol. 66, pp. 489 - 498, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biw038

Evans MC, 2016, 'Deforestation in Australia: Drivers, trends and policy responses', Pacific Conservation Biology, vol. 22, pp. 130 - 150, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PC15052

Maron M; Bull JW; Evans MC; Gordon A, 2015, 'Locking in loss: Baselines of decline in Australian biodiversity offset policies', Biological Conservation, vol. 192, pp. 504 - 512, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2015.05.017

Evans MC; Tulloch AIT; Law EA; Raiter KG; Possingham HP; Wilson KA, 2015, 'Clear consideration of costs, condition and conservation benefits yields better planning outcomes', Biological Conservation, vol. 191, pp. 716 - 727, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2015.08.023

Evans MC; Carwardine J; Fensham RJ; Butler DW; Wilson KA; Possingham HP; Martin TG, 2015, 'Carbon farming via assisted natural regeneration as a cost-effective mechanism for restoring biodiversity in agricultural landscapes', Environmental Science and Policy, vol. 50, pp. 114 - 129, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2015.02.003

Tulloch VJD; Tulloch AIT; Visconti P; Halpern BS; Watson JEM; Evans MC; Auerbach NA; Barnes M; Beger M; Chadès I; Giakoumi S; McDonald-Madden E; Murray NJ; Ringma J; Possingham HP, 2015, 'Why do We map threats? Linking threat mapping with actions to make better conservation decisions', Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 13, pp. 91 - 99, http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/140022

Miller KL; Trezise JA; Kraus S; Dripps K; Evans MC; Gibbons P; Possingham HP; Maron M, 2014, 'The development of the Australian environmental offsets policy: From theory to practice', Environmental Conservation, vol. 42, pp. 306 - 314, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S037689291400040X

Tulloch AIT; Tulloch VJD; Evans MC; Mills M, 2014, 'The Value of Using Feasibility Models in Systematic Conservation Planning to Predict Landholder Management Uptake', Conservation Biology, vol. 28, pp. 1462 - 1473, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12403

Wilson KA; Evans MC; di Marco M; Green DC; Boitani L; Possingham HP; Chiozza F; Rondinini C, 2011, 'Prioritizing conservation investments for mammal species globally', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 366, pp. 2670 - 2680, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2011.0108

Evans M; Possingham H; Wilson K, 2011, 'Extinctions: Conserve not collate', Nature, vol. 474, pp. 284, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/474284a

Evans MC; Possingham HP; Wilson KA, 2011, 'What to do in the face of multiple threats? Incorporating dependencies within a return on investment framework for conservation', Diversity and Distributions, vol. 17, pp. 437 - 450, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1472-4642.2011.00747.x

Evans MC; Watson JEM; Fuller RA; Venter O; Bennett SC; Marsack PR; Possingham HP, 2011, 'The spatial distribution of threats to species in Australia', BioScience, vol. 61, pp. 281 - 289, http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/bio.2011.61.4.8

Taylor MFJ; Sattler PS; Evans M; Fuller RA; Watson JEM; Possingham HP, 2011, 'What works for threatened species recovery? An empirical evaluation for Australia', Biodiversity and Conservation, vol. 20, pp. 767 - 777, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10531-010-9977-8

Conference Papers

Watson JEM; Evans MC; Carwardine J; Fuller RA; Joseph LN; Segan DB; Taylor MFJ; Fensham RJ; Possingham HP, 2011, 'The Capacity of Australia's Protected-Area System to Represent Threatened Species', in Conservation Biology, pp. 324 - 332, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2010.01587.x