Natasha Pauli

Dr, BSc PhD W.Aust., GradDipPS Murd.

  • The University of Western Australia (M004), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 125, Geology and Geography Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


  • 164 Citations
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Personal profile


I am a geographer with a particular interest in understanding human-environment interactions in the management of biological resources. Some of my broad research interests include local knowledge and use of biological and environmental resources for livelihoods and ecosystem management, ecosystem services in mosaic landscapes (including smallholder agriculture, broadacre agriculture, and spatially diverse urban landscapes), and the interactions between natural and social systems in environmental management and planning.

Prior to joining UWA, I worked in a variety of situations including as an environmental scientist with a consultant firm in Perth, as an environmental officer with the WA state government Department of Water, and with the Zoological Society of London in international conservation policy. I've been fortunate to gain field experience in range of ecosystem, cultures and environments including locations in Honduras, Colombia, Timor-Leste, Fiji and Australia.

Funding overview

Neef, A., Biggs, E.M., Duncan, J.M.A., Boruff, B.J., Pauli, N., Bruce, E., Duce, S., McNeill, K., van Ogtrop, F., Limaleyu, L., Weber, E., Touch, S., Sok, V. ‘Climate Change Adaptation in Post-Disaster Recovery Processes: Flood-affected Communities in Cambodia and Fiji’, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research.

Pauli, N., Boruff, B., HorsleyJ., Neef, A., McNeill, K. (2015) 'Risk, resilience and recovery: A participatory approach to integrating local and scientific knowledge for disaster preparedness of communities in flood-prone catchments in Fiji', UWA Research Collaboration Awards.

Biggs, E., Tomkins, E, Boruff, B., Pauli, N., Clifton, J., Bruce, E., Murphy, R., van Ogtrop, F., McNeill, K., Neef, A. (2013) 'Externally Led WUN - A Spatial Framework for Assessing Environmental Livelihood Security', Worldwide Universities Network WUN.

Abbot, L., and Pauli, N. (2012-2015) 'Grazing Into the Future: Building Soil Health and Carbon with Pasture Management', DAFF Carbon Farming Futures Action on the Ground.

Pauli, N. (2012) 'Influence of IPNI Best Management Practices for Oil Palm Plantations on Soil & Leaf Quality Indicators', International Plant Nutrition Institute IPNI.

Pauli, N. (2011) 'Australian Climate Change Legislation in the Global Context', Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE).

Previous positions

Conservation Policy Programme Manager at the Zoological Society of London and Scientific Advisor to the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE), London, United Kingdom 2009-2010

Environmental Officer in the Environmental Water branch, Department of Water, Government of Western Australia, 2008

PhD student at University of Western Australia (Perth, Western Australia) in collaboration with Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) (Cali, Colombia), 2003-2008

Environmental Scientist at Ecoscape environmental and landscape architecture consultancy, Fremantle, Western Australia, 2000-2003

Teaching overview

GEOG3303 Environmental Policy and Planning (unit co-ordinator)

ENVT4404 Environmental Planning and Management (unit co-ordinator)

GEOG1103 Geographies of a Global City


• Biodiversity, soil quality and agroecosystem function
• Local knowledge and use of environmental resources
• Ecosystem services in mosaic landscapes
• Interactions between natural and social systems in environmental management and planning
• Ecology and biogeography of soil and litter invertebrates


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  • Environmental management
  • Environmental policy
  • Biodiversity in agroecosystems
  • Local knowledge in environmental decisions
  • Invertebrate ecology

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Projects 2011 2022

Research Output 2008 2018

Changing water system vulnerability in Western Australia's Wheatbelt region

Boruff, B., Biggs, E., Pauli, N., Callow, N. & Clifton, J., 1 Feb 2018, In : Applied Geography. 91, p. 131-143 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Western Australia
water supply
supply balance
2 Citations

Climate adaptation strategies in Fiji: The role of social norms and cultural values

Neef, A., Benge, L., Boruff, B., Pauli, N., Weber, E. & Varea, R., Jul 2018, In : World Development. 107, p. 125-137

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Norms

Biological indicators for soil health: potential for development and use of on-farm tests

Mahdi, J., Abbott, L., Pauli, N. & Solaiman, Z., 2017, Modern tools and techniques to understand microbes. Varma, A. & Sharma, A. K. (eds.). Springer International Publishing, p. 123-134

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

4 Citations

Farmers’ knowledge and use of soil fauna in agriculture: A worldwide review

Pauli, N., Abbott, L., Negrete-Yankelevich, S. & Andrés, P., 2016, In : Ecology and Society. 21, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
farmers knowledge
soil fauna
soil biota

Natural Environments, Ecosystem Services and Green Infrastructure: Planning for Perth’s ‘Green’ Matrix

Pauli, N. & Boruff, B., 2016, Planning Boomtown and Beyond. Biermann, S., Olaru, D. & Paül, V. (eds.). Perth, Australia: UWA Publishing, p. 238-276

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter