Dr Dean Ansell

B. App.Sc. (Ecology) (Hons), PhD (Biodiversity Conservation)
Associate Professor
ANU College of Law

Areas of expertise

  • Conservation And Biodiversity 050202
  • Environmental Rehabilitation (Excl. Bioremediation) 050207
  • Environment And Resource Economics 140205
  • Sustainable Agricultural Development 070108

Research interests

  • Biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes
  • Cost-effectiveness of conservation investments
  • Incentive-based schemes for biodiversity conservation
  • Integration of agricultural production and biodiversity conservation
  • Metrics for the prioritisation of conservation investment


After completing my Honours in animal behaviour at ANU I moved straight into the public NRM sector, spending the next 10 years or so with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority--and for a while AusAID--working on various biodiversity conservation and water-resource management initiatives.

I returned to ANU in 2014 to undertake a PhD focussing on the cost-effectiveness of biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes. My research involved macro-scale evaluation of incentive-based schemes for conserving biodiversity in farming systems and on-ground assessment of the effectiveness and efficiency of typical approaches to conserving bird communities on farms.

After completing my PhD, I accepted a role on the NSW far south coast as a senior threatened species officer on the Saving our Species program with NSW National Parks and Wildlife. Most recently I worked for the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust, on the design, delivery and evaluation of conservation tenders and other incentive-based private land conservation programs.

I have also had the good fortune to work in the South Pacific and Africa, living and working in remote locations with traditional owners on biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods and human-animal conflict issues.

Researcher's projects

Commonwealth Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship Package, including the:

  • Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot;
  • Enhanced remnant Vegetation Pilot; and
  • Australian Farm Biodiversity Certification Scheme.


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