Researching Conservation and Biodiversity since 2006, Erica moved through Ecological Interactions and Species Distribution considering Climate Change to Conservation Decisions. Her current research focuses on identifying and increasing joint outcomes of private land conservation. Using socio-ecological systems thinking, she aims to find and encourage pro-environmental behaviours that maximise benefits for human well-being and biodiversity. In this project, she collaborates with the NSW Government Biodiversity Conservation Trust to quantify outcomes of private land conservation for people and nature, and inform decision-making processes for future investment.
Erica is currently doing a PhD at the Queensland University of Technology (Queensland, Australia). She has a Bachelor in Biological Sciences and a Master in Earth Sciences and Environment Modeling. Through her academic years, her efforts yielded a distinction on her master`s thesis, two first places on admission (Bachelor's and Master's Degrees), and scholarships for exchange studies at Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa (Portugal) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (United States). She was also granted research scholarships during her Bachelor's and Master's Degree.