Sean Maxwell


PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland

May 2014 – current

Email: smaxwell (at)

Sean is a conservation ecologist with a diverse range of interests, including:

  • structured decision-making;
  • value-of-information analysis;
  • spatial modelling;
  • extreme climatic events;
  • Pacific Island management;
  • science communication;
  • environmental economics; and
  • sustainable agriculture and development

Sean hopes to be able to combine these interests while working with Jonathan Rhodes, James Watson and Eve McDonald-Madden to complete his PhD within the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at UQ.

Sean is actively involved with the Society for Conservation Biology UQ-Brisbane Chapter, serving as the Chapter Secretary and a member of the Science Outreach Committee.

Peer-reviewed Publications:

  1. Jupiter, S.D., Jenkins, A.P., Lee Long, W.J., Maxwell, S.L., Carruthers, T.J.B., Hodge, K.B., Govan, H,. Tamelander, J. & Watson, J.E.M. (in press) Principles for planning, evaluating and sustaining island ecosystem management efforts in the tropical Pacific. Pacific Conservation Biology {}
  2. Ang, G.C.K., Silva, R., Maxwell, S.L., Zalucki, M.P. & Furlong, M.J. (2014) Contrary effects of leaf position and identity on oviposition and larval feeding patterns of the diamondback moth. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 151: 86-­96
  3. Maxwell, S.L., Rhodes, J.R., Possingham, H.P., Runge, M.C., Ng, C.F. & McDonald-­‐Madden, E. (in review) How much is new information worth? Evaluating the financial benefits of resolving uncertainty in natural resource management. Journal of Applied Ecology.
  4. Maxwell, S.L., Butt, N., Maron, M., Segan, D., McAlpine, C. & Watson, J.E.M. (in prep.) Climate extremes: evidence of impact on terrestrial and marine biota. Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

Other Publications:

  1. Jupiter SD, Jenkins AP, Lee Long WJ, Maxwell SL, Watson JEM, Hodge KB, Govan H, Carruthers TJB (2013) Pacific Integrated Island Management – Principles, Case Studies and Lessons Learned. Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Apia, Samoa and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi, Kenya. 72pp {}
  2. Maxwell, SL (2013) The value of more information: thinking like a multi-billion dollar mining magnate may help to preserve biodiversity. Editorial for Decision Point 67: 9 {}

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