RICHARD THACKWAY

Managing Director

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As a consulting research scientist I aim to develop and implement ecological frameworks and information systems to improve natural resource decision making. 

Much of my work involves assisting decision makers to consider adopting evidence-based approaches using spatial and temporal environmental data. To achieve this I have led many national ecological projects including biogeographical classification, vegetation extent type and condition, use and management.

 
 

I have been instrumental in developing decision support tools for national programs and initiatives. These tools have been proven useful for designing and implementing the National Reserve System and National System of Representative Marine Protected Areas and the Indigenous Protected Areas. Vegetation condition assessments, using the Vegetation Assets, States and Transitions (VAST) framework, have been published in two of Australia's premier natural resource reports: the 2011 State of the Environment Report and the 2013 State of the Forests Report.

I have also served as a member and/or chaired numerous collaborative projects involving Australian and state and territory governments, CSIRO, academics, NGOs and regional NRM bodies.