Former Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
- Former Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
Gwen Iacona is an applied conservation scientist who uses quantitative and empirical approaches to understand how biodiversity outcomes can be improved by better decision making. Her current work aims to improve endangered species recovery by better understanding the risks and costs associated with recovery planning. Gwen specializes in using theoretical tools to study how the costs of conservation interventions influence the choice of actions and the resulting outcomes for conservation agencies. Past projects include predicting invasive plant cover, modelling protected area effectiveness, and prioritizing conservation action. Gwen was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes at Arizona State University where she worked with Professor Leah Gerber. She has a PhD from the University of Tennessee, where she studied with Professor Paul Armsworth, and an MS from the University of Florida.
Armsworth, P. R., H. B. Jackson, S. Cho, M. Clark, J. E. Fargione, G. D. Iacona, T. Kim, E. R. Larson, T. Minney and N. A. Sutton. 2018. Is conservation right to go big? Protected area size and conservation return-on-investment. Biological Conservation 225(Sep):229-236. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2018.07.005. (link )
Gerber, L. R., M. C. Runge, R. F. Maloney, G. D. Iacona, C. A. Drew, S. Avery-Gomm, J. Brazill-Boast, D. Crouse, R. S. Epanchin-Niell, S. B. Hall, L. A. Maguire, T. Male, D. Morgan, J. Newman, H. P. Possingham, L. Rumpff, K. C. Weiss, R. S. Wilson and M. A. Zablan. 2018. Endangered species recovery: A resource allocation problem. Science 362(6412):284-286. DOI: 10.1126/science.aat8434. (link )
Iacona, G. D., W. J. Sutherland, B. Mappin, V. Adams, P. R. Armsworth, T. Coleshaw, C. Cook, I. Craigie, L. Dicks, J. A. Fitzsimons, J. McGowan, A. Plumptre, T. Polak, A. Pullin, J. Ringma, I. Rushworth, A. Santangeli, A. Stewart, A. Tulloch, J. Walsh and H. P. Possingham. 2018. Standardized reporting of the costs of management interventions for biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology 32(5):979-988. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.13195. (link )
Wenger, A. S., V. M. Adams, G. D. Iacona, C. Lohr, R. L. Pressey, K. Morris and I. Craigie. 2018. Estimating realistic costs for strategic management planning of invasive species eradications on islands. Biological Invasions 20(5):1287-1305. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-017-1627-6. (link )
Armsworth, P. R., H. B. Jackson, S. Cho, M. Clark, J. E. Fargione, G. D. Iacona, T. Kim, E. R. Larson, T. Minney and N. A. Sutton. 2017. Factoring economic costs into conservation planning may not improve agreement over priorities for protection. Nature Communications 18:Art 2253. DOI: : 10.1038/s41467-017-02399-y. (link )