Chuanji Yong
The University of Western Australia

Chuanji Yong

Chuanji Yong

PhD candidate, The University of Western Australia (UWA)

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Chuanji Yong is an analyst who uses data-driven insights to improve environmental decision-making, with a particular interest in improving how we deal with the uncertainty that surrounds decisions. Costs have and always will be at the centre of environmental decision-making but until now, there hasn’t been a consistent way to estimate the resources needed to manage key biodiversity threats and incorporate uncertainty in decision-making. Chuanji has worked with experts in threat management across Australia to define the actions required to abate each biodiversity threat and has then modelled the cost of each action. His current research is incorporating this costing framework into ecosystems to allow the projection of ecological processes, target outcomes and corresponding costs. His future research will be evaluating optimal uncertainty levels within these decisions and making recommendations on whether it is beneficial to reduce it. Regional, state and national conservation organisations are set to benefit from a framework designed to help them model biodiversity threat-abatement strategies that incorporate management, threats, costs, benefits and outcomes. This will be useful in planning and implementing conservation interventions and avoiding impacts to biodiversity, including stopping the extinction of threatened species.

Research outputs linked to policy change and decision-making

Current academic employment and positions

  • 2021–present: PhD candidate, UWA School of Agriculture and Environment
  • 2020–21: research assistant, National Environmental Science Program and The University of Queensland Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science.

My Projects

Current projectCompleted project
NESP RLH, 2021-2027NESP, 2015-2021NERP, 2012-2015TRaCK, 2005-present