The Laurance Lab

The Laurance Lab


The Laurance Lab is a dynamic research group of highly motivated people, who aspire to become the best scientists in their fields. Our lab is guided by the vision of Professor William Laurance, who believes that scientists must actively engage policy makers, the general public, and other scientists.

At the Laurance Lab, we pride ourselves on conducting environmentally-oriented research that has practical applications for the real world. We work regularly with policy makers in many areas, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Amazon, Africa and India.

Meet the Team

Bill Laurance

Principal Investigator

Bill Laurance 

William Laurance is a Distinguished Research Professor at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, and holds an Australian Laureate Fellowship, one of Australia’s highest scientific awards. He also holds the Prince Bernhard Chair in International Nature Conservation at Utrecht University, Netherlands.

Laurance received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989.  His research focuses on the impacts of intensive land-uses, such as habitat fragmentation, logging, hunting and wildfires, on tropical forests and their biodiversity.  He is also interested in protected areas, climatic change, the impacts of roads and other infrastructure on biodiversity, and conservation policy.  His research over the past 35 years spans the tropical world, including the Amazon, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions.  To date he has published eight books and over 400 scientific and popular articles.

A leading voice for conservation, Laurance believes that scientists must actively engage policy makers and the general public, as well as other scientists.  He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and former president of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.

Mason Campbell - Laurance Lab

Dr. Mason Campbell

Field director and Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Mason Campbell is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. His research examines human land-use impacts on tropical plant and animal communities, land-use planning, and the conservation of natural ecosystems, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. He writes prolifically for both scientific and popular audiences, and is an award-winning public speaker. He received his training at James Cook University and Australian National University.

Sean Sloan - Laurance Lab

Dr. Sean Sloan

Postdoctoral Research FellowSean joined the

Laurance Lab in 2011 having completed his Ph.D in Geography from the University of Melbourne and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia. His thesis elaborated that poor tropical nations may experience forest regeneration due to socio-agrarian trends suggestive of 'development'. He also developed and validated future deforestation projections due to socio-agrarian change, to inform national implementation of REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation).

Mohammed Alamgir - Laurance Lab

Dr. Mohammed Alamgir

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Mohammed is a spatial ecological and climate change modeler who uses spatial modeling to assess the impacts of land-use and climatic changes on natural ecosystems and biodiversity.  His prior research includes habitat modeling of endangered wildlife species in Bangladesh; climate change impacts and adaptation in Nepal; the distribution and spatial congruence between biodiversity and ecosystem services in Australia; and how carbon storage could be maximized along with biodiversity conservation in Australian forests. Mohammed has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and many scholarly book chapters and magazine articles.

mahmoud - The Laurance Lab

Dr. Mahmoud Mahmoud

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Mahmoud Ibrahim Mahmoud, a leading Nigerian researcher, holds a PhD degree in Climate Change and Land Use from KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana and is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science at James Cook University in Australia.  He obtained his MSc in Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation from ITC, University of Twente, The Netherlands, and has a background in Geography and Remote Sensing Applications from the Federal University of Technology in Minna, Nigeria.  An environmental scientist and spatial modeler, he also works as an Environmental Scientist with the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency in Abuja, Nigeria, to reduce and manage the environmental and social impacts of oil spills.  Mahmoud has used his in-depth knowledge of geospatial information science to create Environmental Sensitivity Index maps, underground storage tank-farm databases, and mapping of oil spill records.  His current research focuses on assessing the impacts of infrastructure expansion on the tropical forests and wildlife of Equatorial Africa.

Professional & Technical

Jaime - Laurance Lab

Jaime Huther

Jaime completed a B.Sc in Zoology, Ecology and Conservation at James Cook University in 2015, and has since joined the Laurance Lab as the Research Project Coordinator. She manages the project logistics including travel and field work, coordinates volunteers, and provides administrative and logistical support to the Academic team and the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science (TESS).

Yoko - Laurance Lab

Dr Yoko Ishida

Yoko Ishida is our part-time project assistant who assists with various project and TESS tasks. She also works as a Postdoctoral Fellow on the Daintree Drought Experiment, where she is measuring the eco-physiological traits of the dominant canopy tree species.

Nicole - Laurance Lab

Nicole Senn

Nicole Senn is a social and digital media strategist with a strong interest in conservation. With a bachelors degree in both public relations and, media and communication, she decided to combine her expertise and interests and began a graduate diploma in Conservation Biology. She applies her marketing and social media knowledge to publicize scientific articles through ALERT Conservation.

Our Projects

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Our Ph. D Students

Meet the Laurance Lab Ph. D Students.

Our Alumni

Meet the Laurance Lab Alumni.