Rebecca Runting is a Lecturer in Spatial Science with research interests that 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. Her latest research and more information can be accessed at www.runtingresearch.com.
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.
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Degradation and forgone removals increase the carbon impact of intact forest loss by 626%
Sean L Maxwell, Tom Evans, James EM Watson, Alexandra Morel, Hedley Grantham, Adam Duncan, Nancy Harris, Peter Potapov, Rebecca K Runting, Oscar Venter, Stephanie Wang, Yadvinder Malhi
Journal article | 2019 | Science Advances
Intact tropical forests, free from substantial anthropogenic influence, store and sequester large amounts of atmospheric carbon bu..
Reduced-impact logging in Borneo to minimize carbon emissions and impacts on sensitive habitats while maintaining timber yields
Bronson W Griscom, Peter W Ellis, Zuzana Burivalova, James Halperin, Delon Marthinus, Rebecca K Runting, undefined Ruslandi, David Shoch, Francis E Putz
Journal article | 2019 | Forest Ecology and Management
Larger gains from improved management over sparing-sharing for tropical forests
Rebecca K Runting, undefined Ruslandi, Bronson W Griscom, Matthewj Struebig, Musnanda Satar, Erik Meijaard, Zuzana Burivalova, Susan M Cheyne, Nicolas J Deere, Edward T Game, FE Putz, Jessie A Wells, Andreas Wilting, Marc Ancrenaz, Peter Ellis, Faisal AA Khan, Sara M Leavitt, Andrew J Marshall, Hugh P Possingham, James EM Watson, et al.
Journal article | 2019 | Nature Sustainability
Risk-sensitive planning for conserving coral reefs under rapid climate change
Hawthorne L Beyer, Emma Kennedy, Maria Beger, Chaolun Allen Chen, Joshua E Cinner, Emily S Darling, C Mark Eakin, Ruth D Gates, Scott F Heron, Nancy Knowlton, David O Obura, Stephen R Palumbi, Hugh P Possingham, Marji Puotinen, Rebecca K Runting, William J Skirving, Mark Spalding, Kerrie A Wilson, Sally Wood, John E Veron, et al.
Journal article | 2018 | Conservation Letters
The exceptional value of intact forest ecosystems
James EM Watson, Tom Evans, Oscar Venter, Brooke Williams, Ayesha Tulloch, Claire Stewart, Ian Thompson, Justina C Ray, Kris Murray, Alvaro Salazar, Clive McAlpine, Peter Potapov, Joe Walston, John G Robinson, Michael Painter, David Wilkie, Christopher Filardi, William F Laurance, Richard A Houghton, Sean Maxwell, et al.
Journal article | 2018 | Nature Ecology & Evolution
Oil palm-community conflict mapping in Indonesia: A case for better community liaison in planning for development initiatives
Nicola K Abram, Erik Meijaard, Kerrie A Wilson, Jacqueline T Davis, Jessie A Wells, Marc Ancrenaz, Sugeng Budiharta, Alexandra Durrant, Afif Fakhruzzi, Rebecca K Runting, David Gaveau, Kerrie Mengersen
Journal article | 2017 | Applied Geography
Designer policy for carbon and biodiversity co-benefits under global change
Brett A Bryan, Rebecca K Runting, Tim Capon, Michael P Perring, Shaun C Cunningham, Marit E Kragt, Martin Nolan, Elizabeth A Law, Anna R Renwick, Sue Eber, Rochelle Christian, Kerrie A Wilson
Journal article | 2016 | Nature Climate Change
Integrating plant- and animal-based perspectives for more effective restoration of biodiversity
Clive McAlpine, Carla P Catterall, Ralph Mac Nally, David Lindenmayer, J Leighton Reid, Karen D Holl, Andrew F Bennett, Rebecca K Runting, Kerrie Wilson, Richard J Hobbs, Leonie Seabrook, Shaun Cunningham, Atte Moilanen, Martine Maron, Luke Shoo, Ian Lunt, Peter Vesk, Libby Rumpff, Tara G Martin, James Thomson, et al.
Journal article | 2016 | Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Mapping perceptions of species' threats and population trends to inform conservation efforts: the Bornean orangutan case study
Nicola K Abram, Erik Meijaard, Jessie A Wells, Marc Ancrenaz, Anne-Sophie Pellier, Rebecca K Runting, David Gaveau, Serge Wich, undefined Nardiyono, Albertus Tjiu, Anton Nurcahyo, Kerrie Mengersen
Journal article | 2015 | Diversity and Distributions
Alternative futures for Borneo show the value of integrating economic and conservation targets across borders
Rebecca K Runting, Erik Meijaard, Nicola K Abram, Jessie A Wells, David LA Gaveau, Marc Ancrenaz, Hugh P Posssingham, Serge A Wich, Fitrian Ardiansyah, Melvin T Gumal, Laurentius N Ambu, Kerrie A Wilson
Journal article | 2015 | Nature Communications
Moving beyond the conceptual: specificity in regional climate change adaptation actions for biodiversity in South East Queensland, Australia
Luke P Shoo, Julian O'Mara, Karin Perhans, Jonathan R Rhodes, Rebecca K Runting, Susanne Schmidt, Lochran W Traill, Lui C Weber, Kerrie A Wilson, Catherine E Lovelock
Journal article | 2014 | Regional Environmental Change
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Spatial Excellence Postgraduate Student Award
University Medal (top 1% across all Faculties)
Lecturer In Spatial Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy
The University of Queensland
Bachelor of Environmental Management (Hons I)
The University of Queensland