Rebecca Runting


PhD Candidate, University of Queensland

May 2013 – Current

B Env Man (Hons 1) – University of Queensland


twitter: @RKRunting

Advisors: Dr. Jonathan Rhodes, Dr. Brett Bryan and Prof. Hugh Possingham

University of Queensland web page:


Rebecca Runting’s research interests span environmental management, ecosystem services and ecological economics, with a particular focus on planning for multiple conservation and development objectives.

In 2011, Rebecca received a Bachelor of Environmental Management (Sustainable Development) with First Class Honours and a University Medal from the University of Queensland. During this time Rebecca developed a background in geographical information systems, ecological economics, urban and regional planning, and environmental science.

Rebecca’s PhD research is focused on developing and evaluating strategies to manage multiple ecosystem services under uncertain global change scenarios. Her research has developed approaches for applying economic methods (ecosystem service markets and modern portfolio theory) to protect coastal ecosystem services under sea level rise. She has also undertaken a review of how climate change and other drivers have been incorporated into ecosystem service assessments and decisions. Rebecca’s current work explores strategies to manage trade-offs between livestock production and greenhouse gas regulation under global change in Australia’s rangelands. This research is cross-disciplinary, linking methods from ecological modelling, economics, and operations research.


Runting, RK, Lovelock, CE, Beyer, HL, & Rhodes, JR. 2016. Costs and opportunities for preserving coastal wetlands under sea level rise. Conservation Letters. Early view.

Bryan, BA, Runting, RK, Capon, T, Perring, MP, Cunningham, SC, Kragt, M, Nolan, M, Law, EA, Renwick, AR, Eber, S, Christian, R, & Wilson, KA. 2016. Designer policy for delivering carbon and biodiversity co-benefits under global change. Nature Climate Change. 6:301–305.

McAlpine, CA, Catterall, CP, Mac Nally, R, Lindenmayer, DB, Reid, L, Holl, KD, Bennett, AF, Runting, RK, Wilson, KA, Hobbs, R, Seabrook, L, Cunningham, SC, Moilanen, A, Maron, M, Shoo, L, Lunt, ID, Vesk, PA, Rumpff, L, Martin, TG, Thomson, JR, &  Possingham, HP. 2016. Integrating plant- and animal-based perspectives for more effective restoration of biodiversity. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 14(1):37-45.

Runting, RK, Meijaard, E, Abram, NK, Wells, JA, Gaveau, DLA, Ancrenaz, M, Posssingham, HP, Wich, SA, Ardiansyah, F, Gumal, MT, Ambu, LN, & Wilson, KA. 2015. Alternative futures for Borneo show the value of integrating economic and conservation targets across borders. Nature Communications. 6:6819.

Abram, NK, Meijaard, E, Wells, JA, Ancrenaz, M, Pellier, A, Runting, RK, Gaveau, DLA, Wich, S, Nardiyono, Tjiu, A, Nurcahyo, A, & Mengersen, K. 2015. Mapping perceptions of species’ threats and population trends to inform conservation efforts: the Bornean orangutan case study. Diversity and Distributions. 21(5):487-499.

Shoo, LP, O’Mara, J, Perhans, K, Rhodes, JR, Runting, RK, Schmidt, S, Traill, LW, Weber, LC, Wilson, KA & Lovelock, CE. 2014. Moving beyond the conceptual: specificity in regional climate change adaptation actions for biodiversity in South East Queensland, Australia. Regional Environmental Change. 14(2):435-447.

Abram, NK, Meijaard, E, Ancrenaz, M, Runting, RK, Wells, JA, Gaveau, DLA, Pellier, A, & Mengersen, K. 2014. Spatially explicit perceptions of ecosystem services and land cover change in forested regions of Borneo. Ecosystem Services. 7(1): 116-127.

Runting, RK, Wilson, KA & Rhodes, JR. 2013. Does more mean less? The value of information for conservation planning under sea level rise. Global Change Biology. 19(2): 352–363.

Meijaard, E, Abram, NK, Wells, JA, Pellier, A, Ancrenaz, M, Gaveau, D, Runting, RK, & Mengersen, K. 2013. People’s perceptions on the importance of forests on Borneo. PLoS One. 8(9): e73008.

Runting, R, Corcoran, J, Leung, A & Pullar, D. 2011. Oil vulnerability: the effect of non-metropolitan areas and master planned estates in South East Queensland 2001–2006. Australian Planner. 48(3):117-130.


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