People

Associate Professor Fiona Fidler 

Screen Shot 2018-09-11 at 3.42.10 pmFiona is interested in how scientists and other experts make decisions and change their minds. She trained as a psychologist, then did a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science, and then worked in Conservation Science for about a decade. Now her position is split across the School of BioSciences (where she is part of QAECO) and the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (where is she is part of HPS). She has an abiding interest is statistical controversies, and currently holds an ARC Future Fellowship, focusing on Reproducibility, Replicability and Open Science.

Dr Hannah Fraser 

bw headshotHannah is an ecologist studying how current ecological research practices relate to the rigor and reproducibility of results. Her research interests include Questionable Research Practices, replication studies, preregistration, registered reports and anything that might improve scientific practice.

Felix Singleton Thorn

felix.jpgFelix is a PhD student studying quantitative research methods in psychology. His research examines how people plan, report and interpret the results of psychological experiments, with the goal of improving the accuracy of inferences and providing practical heuristics to guide the interpretation of results.

Elise Gould

EliseElise is a PhD student at the School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne, with a background in applied ecology. Elise is studying reproducibility and transparency of decisions in ecology and conservation. Elise’s research interests include data science, decision analysis, ecological modelling.

Dr Martin Bush

MBush_headshotMartin is a Research Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has expertise in popular science and public reasoning practices and professional experience in science communication and the museum sector.

Dr Bonnie Wintle

Screen Shot 2018-09-11 at 3.32.59 pmBonnie is a Research Fellow in the School of Biosciences at the University of Melbourne, and a senior researcher in IMeRG. She develops structured methods for eliciting and aggregating quantitative and qualitative judgements from groups of experts, to support better decision and policy making. She’s interested in expertise, uncertainty and prediction, amongst other things.

Libby Rumpff

LRumpff Libby is Deputy Director of the Centre for Economic and Environmental Research at the University of Melbourne. Her work focuses on applying participatory approaches to different decision-making contexts. She brings together skills in decision theory, risk assessment, expert elicitation, facilitation, and model development.

Anca Hanea

AHanea Anca is a Senior Research Fellow based at the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA) at the University of Melbourne. Her background is in mathematics and risk and environmental modelling. She has a PhD in Applied Probability from the Technical University of Delft (TU Delft). She was instrumental in building a COST European network for structured expert judgement elicitation and aggregation, and related standards for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Marissa McBride

MMcBrideMarissa is Decision Science Research Fellow in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne. Her background is applied mathematics and her PhD (2014) examined the theoretical underpinnings of expert judgement, and methods for scoring and aggregation.

Eden Smith

ESmith Eden is a research fellow in IMeRG at the University of Melbourne. Eden’s research focuses on investigating the reasoning involved in expert assessments of the replicability, reproducibility, and robustness of scientific claims, as well how concepts such as replicability are used within open-science communities. Eden is also collaborating on a digital-ethnography project exploring the sociotechnical dynamics involved in the open-source development of decentralised technologies by distributed communities. These projects build on Eden’s PhD (2018) research on the historical interdependence of two scientific concepts and their current uses as independent tools in neuroscience experiments.

Fallon Mody

FMody Fallon is a research fellow in IMeRG at the University of Melbourne. Her expertise is in science communication, qualitative analysis, and history and philosophy of science. Fallon has worked in science communication and qualitative research roles for the Faculty of Science and the Centre for Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA) at the University of Melbourne; and the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health in London. Fallon will undertake the research engagement activity for the repliCATS project, as well as assist in the qualitative analysis of expert reasoning that this project will undertake. Fallon’s PhD research was to develop and explore a prosopography of European medical migrants in mid-twentieth century Australia, using their lives to understand the ways in which local/national domains of medical practice develop and are sustained.

Victoria Hemming

VHemming Victoria is a decision scientist. She has just completed a PhD on expert elicitation methods. Her PhD assessed the extent to which the application of structured elicitation protocols can help to improve judgements under uncertainty. Victoria has assisted in a range of elicitations and structured decision-making workshops, in domains as diverse as defence and ecology. She is well-versed in the design of elicitations, workshops, group facilitation, data analysis, and aggregation methods.

Daniel Hamilton

Daniel_Hamilton_Portrait 2019Daniel originally trained as a radiation therapist at Epworth hospital in Melbourne, working both clinically and in a research support role between 2012 and 2017. Following his position at Epworth hospital Daniel worked as a research coordinator at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre managing a large portfolio of national and international radiation oncology clinical trials. He is the lead author on multiple papers investigating novel radiotherapy treatment techniques for prostate and breast cancer, as well as papers examining ethical issues in scientific publishing. Currently he is completing a PhD investigating the quality and integrity of published radiation oncology and medical physics research within IMeRG at the University of Melbourne.

Andrew Head

AHeadAndy is a research assistant within IMeRG at the University of Melbourne. He has recently completed a Graduate Diploma of Psychology at Deakin University and is intending to commence a PhD in 2020. Andrew’s research interests include the history and philosophy of science, methodology, improving science practices, and improving the quality of public engagement with science.

Steven Kambouris

SteveSteven  is a PhD student studying reproducibility, open science and meta-analysis with an emphasis on ecology and education.

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