• The University of Western Australia (M004), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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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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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Research expertise keywords

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


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