Treml CV


2006 Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Duke University

2000 M.Sc. in Marine Biology, University of Charleston

1994 B.Sc. (honors) in Aquatic Biology and Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Superior


Topics: Quantitative ecology and conservation, marine ecology and environmental science, biophysical oceanography, population connectivity, biogeography, conservation prioritisation, network theory, and habitat change.

Quantitative skills: Dynamic biophysical modelling, spatial statistics, network analysis, geographic information system (GIS), programming, spatial modelling, bioinformatics, remote sensing, and high-performance computing (HPC). I have written over 6,000 lines of code in MATLAB, Python, R, ARC Macro Language (AML), and PBS/bash shell scripts (for HPC parallel computing).

Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools (MGET) software contribution: MGET is a free, open-source geoprocessing toolbox that provides support for a wide variety of marine research, oceanographic data access and analysis, conservation, and spatial planning problems. MGET site here


Lecturer in Marine Biology. 1/2015 – present. School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Level B. 2/2012 – 12/2014. Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne. Research in spatial modelling of metapopulation connectivity and metacommunity ecology to understand the dynamics and resilience of sub-tidal rocky reef communities in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria. Supervisor: A/Prof Stephen Swearer.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 12/2009 – 1/2012. School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland. Research Fellow on ARC Discovery Grant (Riginos and Possingham): Coral reef connectivity: an empirical and theoretical synthesis. Supervisors: Dr Cynthia Riginos & Prof Hugh Possingham.

World Wildlife Fund Kathryn Fuller Postdoctoral Fellowship, 12/2007 – 12/2009. School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland. Fellowship research: Focusing regional marine conservation: seascape genetics and biophysical modelling within a graph-theoretic framework.

GIS Spatial Scientist, 8/1998 – 8/2001. Technology Planning and Management Corporation at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center, Charleston, SC, USA. Project management, spatial data development, and advanced GIS support for US coastal management efforts.


$10,000 (2013) WWF-US, Coral Triangle Support Partnership. Treml EA, Bodin Ö, and Fidelman P. Identifying the alignments and misalignments between the policy networks and ecological networks of the Coral Triangle

$285,000 (2012-2015) ARC Linkage Grant (LP12R2) . Mumby, PJ; Possingham, HP; Riginos, C; Jones, GP; Treml , EA. Reconciling competing objectives for the design of marine reserve networks: biodiversity, food security, and local equity in benefits.

$137,500 (2007-2009) World Wildlife Fund Fuller Postdoctoral Fellowship. Treml, EA. Focusing regional marine conservation: seascape genetics and biophysical modeling within a graph-theoretic framework.


Habitat Modelling and Network Analysis Workshop Instructor, ongoing. Designed a one-day workshop and 5-day short-course for graduate students and professionals. Objectives are to build a background in spatial habitat modelling and graph theory, to create conceptual models, and to develop quantitative skills in R for analysing networks.

Field-course Instructor/Tutor, 2009. University of Queensland. Coral Reef Ecology Field Studies Course at Heron Island.

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Winter – Spring terms 2007. Elon University, North Carolina, USA. Designed and taught new course in Current Issues in Marine Environmental Science (Winter term 2007).Taught Population Biology Laboratory (Fall 2007) covering evolution, ecology, and genetics.


2012 The Wildlife Society’s 2012 Spatial Ecology and Telemetry Working Group Award for the free ArcGIS Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools plug-in (Roberts et al. 2010) Duke Press Release: here

2009 Outstanding Paper in Landscape Ecology Award by the US Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (Treml et al. 2008) UQ Press Release: here

2007 World Wildlife Fund Fuller Science for Nature Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007 – 2009) WWF Press Release here

2006 NSF International Travel Award: US Hungarian Workshop on Large-Scale Random Graphs

2006 Duke University Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, mentor at Elon University


University service: University of Melbourne Faculty of Science, Science Early Career Academic Network (SECAN) committee member (2013-current). Department of Zoology Masters of Science final research report marking (2012-current).

Reviewing Proposals: NSF and NOAA.

Reviewing manuscripts for 25+ journals (~12-15/yr), including: Biological Conservation; Biology Letters; Coral Reefs; Diversity and Distributions, Ecological Complexity; Ecology; Environmental Modelling and Software; Global Change Biology; Journal of Applied Ecology; Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology; Journal of the Royal Society Interface; Marine Ecology Progress Series; Molecular Ecology; Oikos; PLOS ONE; Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

Workshop Participation: Advancing genetic diversity research in the Indian and Pacific Oceans Working Group sponsored by the US National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) (2013-2014), Connectivity and Conservation Planning Workshop sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies James Cook University (2013); The Molecular Ecology and Evolution of the Indo-Pacific: A Collaborative Research Network Catalysis Meeting sponsored by NESCent (2012); Coral Triangle Partnerships in International Research and Education Synthesis Meeting sponsored by NSF (2012); Synthesis Meeting on Melanesian Biogeography sponsored by the Encyclopedia of Life (2009); Marine conservation workshop sponsored by the University of Queensland Applied Environmental Decision Analysis Facility (2008); Coastal-Marine Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Training for South Pacific Practitioners sponsored by EBM Tools Network’s Training Program (2008).

Research Support: Science diver (400+hrs) and marine operations (200+hrs) support for personal research, NOAA, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Field Museum of Chicago. Provide GIS, dynamic modelling, network analysis, and spatial statistic support to research colleagues and students using ArcInfo, ArcGIS, MATLAB, R, and Python.