I’m a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA). I am also a member of the Research Centre For Applied Alpine Ecology and an Associate Editor for the Australian Journal of Botany.
I use Bayesian methods and maths to examine interesting ecological questions.My current research involves:Evaluating the performance of biosecurity programs, and quantifying our confidence that a pest is indeed absent from a region.Examining how plant wood density influences patterns of mortality, growth and species coexistence.Examining how climate change and fire influence alpine vegetation dynamicsExamining how soil nutrients and precipitation interact to influence grassland production and composition.
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Modeling rates of life form cover change in burned and unburned alpine heathland subject t..
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Health and Economic Costs of Early, Delayed and No Suppression of COVID-19: The Case of Australia
Tom Kompas, Quentin Grafton, Tuong Nhu Che, Long Chu, James Camac
Journal article | 2020
We compare the health and economic costs of early (actual), delayed and no suppression of COVID 19 infections in 2020 in Australia..
TRY plant trait database - enhanced coverage and open access
Jens Kattge, Gerhard Boenisch, Sandra Diaz, Sandra Lavorel, Iain Colin Prentice, Paul Leadley, Susanne Tautenhahn, Gijsbert DA Werner, Tuomas Aakala, Mehdi Abedi, Alicia TR Acosta, George C Adamidis, Kairi Adamson, Masahiro Aiba, Cecile H Albert, Julio M Alcantara, Carolina C Alcazar, Izabela Aleixo, Hamada Ali, Bernard Amiaud, et al.
Journal article | 2019 | Global Change Biology
Forecasting species range dynamics with process-explicit models: matching methods to applications
Natalie J Briscoe, Jane Elith, Roberto Salguero-Gomez, Jose J Lahoz-Monfort, James S Camac, Katherine M Giljohann, Matthew H Holden, Bronwyn A Hradsky, Michael R Kearney, Sean M McMahon, Ben L Phillips, Tracey J Regan, Jonathan R Rhodes, Peter A Vesk, Brendan A Wintle, Jian DL Yen, Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita
Journal article | 2019 | Ecology Letters
Knowing where species occur is fundamental to many ecological and environmental applications. Species distribution models (SDMs) a..
Impacts of recent climate change on terrestrial flora and fauna: Some emerging Australian examples
Ary A Hoffmann, Paul D Rymer, Margaret Byrne, Katinka X Ruthrof, Jennie Whinam, Melodie McGeoch, Dana M Bergstrom, Greg R Guerin, Ben Sparrow, Leo Joseph, Sarah J Hill, Nigel R Andrew, James Camac, Nicholas Bell, Markus Riegler, Janet L Gardner, Stephen E Williams
Journal article | 2019 | Austral Ecology
Partitioning mortality into growth-dependent and growth-independent hazards across 203 tropical tree species
James S Camac, Richard Condit, Richard G FitzJohn, Lachlan McCalman, Daniel Steinberg, Mark Westoby, S Joseph Wright, Daniel S Falster
Journal article | 2018 | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Unifying intra- and inter-specific variation in tropical tree mortality
James Camac, Richard Condit, Richard FitzJohn, Lachlan McCalman, Daniel Steinberg, Mark Westoby, Joseph Wright, Daniel Falster
Journal article | 2017
Tree death is a fundamental process driving population dynamics, nutrient cycling, and evolution within plant communities. While p..
Species origin affects the rate of response to inter-annual growing season precipitation and nutrient addition in four Australian native grasslands
John W Morgan, John M Dwyer, Jodi N Price, Suzanne M Prober, Sally A Power, Jennifer Firn, Joslin L Moore, Glenda M Wardle, Eric W Seabloom, Elizabeth T Borer, James S Camac
Journal article | 2016 | Journal of Vegetation Science
An International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List ecosystems risk assessment for alpine snow patch herbfields, South-Eastern Australia
RJ Williams, C-H Wahren, KAJ Stott, J Camac, M White, E Burns, S Harris, M Nash, JW Morgan, S Venn, WA Papst, AA Hoffmann
Journal article | 2015 | Austral Ecology
BAAD: a Biomass And Allometry Database for woody plants
Daniel S Falster, Remko A Duursma, Masae I Ishihara, Diego R Barneche, Richard G Fitzjohn, Angelica Varhammar, Masahiro Aiba, Makoto Ando, Niels Anten, Michael J Aspinwall, Jennifer L Baltzer, Christopher Baraloto, Michael Battaglia, John J Battles, Ben Bond-Lamberty, Michiel van Breugel, James Camac, Yves Claveau, Lluis Coll, Masako Dannoura, et al.
Journal article | 2015 | Ecology
Fire regimes and biodiversity in Victoria’s alpine ecosystems
Richard J Williams, Carl-Henrik Wahren, James M Shannon, Warwick A Papst, Dean A Heinze, James S Camac
Journal article | 2012 | Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria
Landscape-scale fires occur in Australian alpine ecosystems once or twice per century, primarily when ignition, regional drought a..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Australian Flora Foundation Young Scientist Award
ESA Marilyn Fox Award for best inaugural presentation at a conference
Research Fellow - Biosecurity Data Science
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Biological Sciences (with honours)
La Trobe University