Jessie C. Buettel


Jessie did a PhD on ecological and anthropogenic change in plant and animal communities with a focus on the analysis and modelling of spatio-temporal patterns to reveal hidden information on processes in complex ecosystems (reality!). In 2016 she was a Dean’s Awardee and also received a grant to investigate how analytical methods from astrophysics can be applied to ecological systems, such as forests and treefall. As part of her active role in group management and development, she completed a scholarship-funded Advanced Leadership Programme from the National Excellence and Leadership Initiative (NEELI) Australia in 2016. She has also published on the benefits of using technology to improve the connection between people and nature. As part of the CABAH team, Jessie is motivated to use her skills in conceptualisation and development of ecological models to improve forecasts of future change using both prehistoric and contemporary data sources.

Fields of Research:

  • Global Change Biology
  • Community Ecology
  • Forestry Management and Environment
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem Function
  • Environmental Education and Extension
  • Decision Support and Group Support Systems
  • Palaeoecology


Recent Publications:


Fuller, C., Ondei, S., Brook, B.W., & Buettel, J.C. (2019). First, do no harm: A systematic review of deforestation spillovers from protected areas. Global Ecology and Conservation

Buettel, J.C., Ringwaldt, E.M., Hovenden, M.J. & Brook, B.W. (2019). Importance of the local environment on nutrient cycling and litter decomposition in a tall Eucalypt forest. Forests 10(4), 340.

Nguyen. H.K.D., Fielding, M.W.,  Buettel, J.C. & Brook, B.W. (2019). Habitat suitability, live abundance and their link to road mortality of Tasmanian wildlifeWildlife Research  46(3): 236-246.

Brook, B.W., Buettel, J.C. & Jarić, I. A fast re-sampling method for using reliability ratings of sightings with extinction date estimators. Ecology (Accepted 24/4/19)


Buettel, J.C.; Brook, B.W.; Cole, A.; Dickey, J.; Flies, E.J. (2018) Astro-ecology? Shifting the interdisciplinary collaboration paradigm. Ecology and Evolution (in press)

Flies, E.J., Brook, B.W., Blomqvist, L. & Buettel, J.C. (2018). Future global food demand and model complexity: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Environment International. 120: 93-103. DOI:

Buettel, J.C., Cole, A., Dickey, J.M. & Brook, B.W. (2018). Analyzing linear spatial features in ecology. Ecology 99: 1490-1497.

Brook, B.W., Sleightholme, S.R., Campbell, C.R. & Buettel, J.C. (2018). Deficiencies in estimating the extinction date of the thylacine with mixed certainty data. Conservation Biology  32: 1195-1197.

Lunn, T.J., Gerwin, M., Buettel, J.C. & Brook, B.W. (2018). Impact of intense disturbance on the structure and composition of wet-eucalypt forests: a case study from the Tasmanian 2016 wildfires. PLoS ONE 13(7) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0200905


Brook, B.W. & Buettel, J.C. (2017). Interplay of Human and Natural Disturbances on Pattern and Process in Forest Ecosystems. Forests (Special Issue, 7 papers). MDPI

Brook, B.W., Ellis, E.C. & Buettel, J.C. (2017) What is the evidence for planetary tipping points? Effective Conservation Science: Data Not Dogma (eds P. Kareiva, M. Marvier & B. Silliman). Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198808978.001.0001

Buettel, J.C., Ondei, S. & Brook, B.W. (2017) A practical method for creating a digital topographic surface for ecological plots using ground-based measurements. Landscape Ecology. 1-10. DOI: 10.1007/s10980-017-0598-4

Buettel, J.C., Ondei, S. & Brook, B.W. (2017). Look down to see what’s up: a systematic overview of treefall dynamics in forests. Forests 8(4): 123. DOI: 10.3390/f8040123

Buettel, J.C., Ondei, S. & Brook, B.W. (2017). Missing the wood for the trees? New ideas on defining forests and forest degradation. Rethinking Ecology 1: 15-24. DOI: 10.3897/rethinkingecology.1.13296

Johnson, C.N., Balmford, A., Brook, B.W., Buettel, J.C., Galetti, M., Lei, G.C. & Wilmshurst, J.M. (2017). Biodiversity losses and conservation responses in the Anthropocene. Science 356(6335): 270-274. DOI: 10.1126/science.aam9317