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Alex Lechner

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Biography

Dr Alex Lechner is a landscape ecologist and Associate Professor at the School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Nottingham Malaysia. His interests lie in the application of spatially explicit modelling to conservation planning and natural resource management. Originally, from Australia, he has held a variety of positions at the University of Queensland, the University of Tasmania, and RMIT University and conducted research in a wide range of areas from mine land rehabilitation to planning wildlife corridors. Alex has completed a BSc majoring in Ecology at the University of Queensland, and a MAppSci specialising in Geospatial Science and a PhD in Landscape Ecology at RMIT University.

Expertise Summary

Alex's research focuses on conservation planning and biodiversity impact assessment, commonly using spatial modelling to characterise biodiversity and ecosystem services across space and time. He also conducts research to support conservation planning and participatory decision-making through the development of novel spatial approaches including ecosystem services modelling, big remote sensing data and participatory web-based mapping. His research is conducted across a broad range of cross-cutting themes including:

  • Impacts of fragmentation on wildlife connectivity and priorities for regional-scale conservation planning.
  • Threats to biodiversity from infrastructure development and resource extraction including linear transport infrastructure, smallholder and industrial agricultural expansion and mining, in particular China's Belt and Road Initiative.
  • Supporting socio-environmental change with integrated approaches to characterise and provide decision support for sustainable regional development.

Current Research in Malaysia

Spatial conservation planning in Peninsular Malaysia

  • Oil Palm land use and land cover change
  • Connectivity modelling assessment of the Central Forest Spine
  • Remote sensing land cover assessment with Google Earth Engine
  • Ecoregional assessment of freshwater and terrestrial systems
  • Conservation and tourism planning on Tioman Island

​Urban sustainability (predominately in Kuala Lumpur)

  • Urban ecosystem services modelling using InVest
  • Public Participatory GIS assessment of urban landscape values and development preferences
  • Drivers of human-nature relationships in urban green spaces
  • Nature-based solutions

Current Global Research

  • Biodiversity and China's Belt and Road Initiative
  • Geographic information systems (GIS) assessment of environment impact of mining on communities
  • Remote sensing of environmental impacts
  • Wildlife connectivity modelling at regional scales in urban and agricultural regions at various locations in Australia (Melbourne, Hunter Valley)
  • Urban sustainability in developing countries in South East and East Asia

He runs the Landscape Ecology and Conservation lab https://leclab.wixsite.com/spatial at University of Nottingham Malaysia.

Also see ResearchGate and Google Scholar for further information about his research.

Teaching Summary

I currently convene, and teach all or much of, the following modules: Landscape Ecology and Spatial Conservation Planning, Advances in Earth Observation, and Patterns of Life.

I also contribute to a range of other modules including: The Ecology of Natural and Managed Ecosystems, Tropical Environmental Science Field Course and Earth Observation.

My personal teaching philosophy has three core components: 1) to create a community of learners; 2) foster intellectual development and creative thinking; and 3) use technology to encourage student engagement. As my research is dependent on PCs and computer modelling and I am interested in applying technology (such as E-learning) in new and novel ways to foster student engagement.

Research Summary

Alex's research focuses on conservation planning and biodiversity impact assessment, commonly using spatial modelling to characterise biodiversity and ecosystem services across space and time. He… read more

Selected Publications

Support further studies

I am happy to support candidates who can obtain independent funding (i.e. self-supported) for further post-graduate studies such as a PhD or Masters. Please take a look at the research we do to see if any of the themes are of interest https://leclab.wixsite.com/spatial/furtherstudies and information about tuition here.

Internships

I welcome motivated individuals, passionate about the environment, including students, at all levels and from any background to undertake an internship at our lab. You will work with our team tackling meaningful projects with a view to help shape your career aspirations.

Paid further studies or employment

We occasionally have job vacancies or post-graduate scholarship. Please check out https://leclab.wixsite.com/spatial/furtherstudies for any current vacancies.

Current Research

Alex's research focuses on conservation planning and biodiversity impact assessment, commonly using spatial modelling to characterise biodiversity and ecosystem services across space and time. He also conducts research to support conservation planning and participatory decision-making through the development of novel spatial approaches including ecosystem services modelling, big remote sensing data and participatory web-based mapping. His research is conducted across a broad range of cross-cutting themes including:

  • Impacts of fragmentation on wildlife connectivity and priorities for regional-scale conservation planning.
  • Threats to biodiversity from infrastructure development and resource extraction including linear transport infrastructure, smallholder and industrial agricultural expansion and mining, in particular China's Belt and Road Initiative.
  • Supporting socio-environmental change with integrated approaches to characterise and provide decision support for sustainable regional development.

Current Research in Malaysia

Spatial conservation planning in Peninsular Malaysia

  • Oil Palm land use and land cover change
  • Connectivity modelling assessment of the Central Forest Spine
  • Remote sensing land cover assessment with Google Earth Engine
  • Ecoregional assessment of freshwater and terrestrial systems
  • Conservation and tourism planning on Tioman Island

​Urban sustainability (predominately in Kuala Lumpur)

  • Urban ecosystem services modelling using InVest
  • Public Participatory GIS assessment of urban landscape values and development preferences
  • Drivers of human-nature relationships in urban green spaces
  • Nature-based solutions

Current Global Research

  • Biodiversity and China's Belt and Road Initiative
  • Geographic information systems (GIS) assessment of environment impact of mining on communities
  • Remote sensing of environmental impacts
  • Wildlife connectivity modelling at regional scales in urban and agricultural regions at various locations in Australia (Melbourne, Hunter Valley)
  • Urban sustainability in developing countries in South East and East Asia

He runs the Landscape Ecology and Conservation lab https://leclab.wixsite.com/spatial at University of Nottingham Malaysia.

Also see ResearchGate and Google Scholar for further information about his research.

Faculty of Science

University of Nottingham Malaysia
Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malaysia

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