Dr. Rebecca Runting

Lecturer in Spatial Science | School of Geography | The University of Melbourne

Rebecca's research interests span spatial planning, ecosystem services, climate change adaptation and ecological economics. Her focus is on examining the economic and conservation value of different modelling and planning methods in complex environments, using case studies from Australia’s coastal wetlands and the tropical forests of Indonesian Borneo.

Rebecca’s research on coastal wetlands has determined the value of using process-based models and high-resolution data for spatial planning under climate change. She has also developed approaches for integrating economic methods (ecosystem service markets and Modern Portfolio Theory) with conservation planning in this context.

Her research on the island of Borneo analysed the potential of different planning strategies to achieve multiple competing public policy objectives. Rebecca is also exploring land-sparing and land-sharing strategies for forest management, while accounting for the spatial heterogeneity of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Rebecca holds a PhD in Environmental Management (2017) from The University of Queensland, which focused on developing and evaluating strategies to manage ecosystem services under global change. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne, Rebecca was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Queensland.