Dr Susan Hester

Senior Research Fellow - UNE Business School

Susan Hester

Phone: +61 2 6773 2373

Email: shester@une.edu.au

Qualifications

BEc (Hons) (W Aust), PhD (NE)

Research Interests

Susie is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of New England and a member of the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA) team at the University of Melbourne. She is an applied economist who has worked almost exclusively on issues related to invasive-species management since 2002. Recent projects have involved reviewing methods and tools available for post-border surveillance and applying several of the tools to Australian biosecurity problems; investigating resource allocation problems in pest and disease management; and understanding the value of passive surveillance.

In undertaking her research she collaborates extensively with weed scientists, ecologists, mathematicians, veterinarians, agricultural scientists and natural resource managers. Susie is an observer on SNPHS (Subcommittee on National Plant Health Surveillance) which oversees the development of the National Plant Health Surveillance Framework for Australia and is a member of its biometrics and community engagement working groups. Susie is also a Research Associate with the Australian Centre for Biosecurity & Environmental Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU (http://www.acbee.anu.edu.au/)

Awards, Grants, Scholarships & Invitations

2009

Invited attendee and presenter, International Miconia Conference, Hawaii, funded by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, International Science Linkages - Science Academies Programme.

2008

Prize for best scientific project (with O. Cacho, D. Spring and J. Sinden), Weed CRC Program 1: Weed Incursion and Risk Management, for the project 'Developing a framework to evaluate the economics of alternative strategies for the management of weed incursions.'

2008

Best journal article published in the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics in 2007, for

Cacho, O.J., Hester, S. and Spring, D. (2007), Applying search theory to determine the feasibility of eradicating an invasive population in natural environments. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 51: 425-443.

Publications

Referreed Journal Articles – Submitted

Sinden, J., Downey, P., Cacho, O. and Hester, S. Economic efficiency, site selection, and funding policies in protecting native plant communities from the weed, bitou bush, in New South Wales, Australia. Journal of Environmental Management.

Burgman, M.A., McCarthy, M.A., Robinson, A. and Hester, S.M. An extension of the Panetta-Lawes eradication graph. Weed Science.

Refereed Journal Articles – Published/Accepted

Sinden, J.A., Downey, P., Cacho, O. and Hester, S. 2013. Economic efficiency, site selection, and funding policies to protect native plant communities from the weed, bitou bush, in Australia, Journal of Environmental Management, 128: 1071-1080

Burgman, M.A., McCarthy, M.A., Robinson, A., Hester, S.M., McBride, M.F., Elith, J. and Panetta, F.D. (2013) Improving decisions for invasive species management: reformulation and extensions of the Panetta-Lawes eradication graph. Diversity and Distributions, 19(5-6): 603-607

Hester, S.M., Cacho, O.J., Panetta, F.D. and Hauser, C.E. (2013) Economic aspects of weed risk management, Diversity and Distributions, 19 (5-6): 580-589.

Hester S.M. and Cacho, O.J. 2012. Optimising search strategies in managing biological invasions: a simulation approach. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, 18(1): 181-199.

Panetta, F.D., Cacho, O.J., Hester, S. and Sims-Chilton, N. Estimating and influencing the duration of weed eradication programmes. Journal of Applied Ecology, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.02000.x

Hester S.M. and Cacho, O.J. In press. Optimising search strategies in managing biological invasions: a simulation approach. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment.

Cacho O.J. and Hester S.M. 2011. Deriving efficient frontiers for effort allocation in the management of invasive species. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 55: 72-89.

Hester S.M., Brooks, S.J., Cacho, O.J. and Panetta, F.D. 2010 Applying a simulation model to the management of an infestation of Miconia (Miconia calvescens) in the wet tropics of Australia. Weed Research, 50(3): 269-279.

Cacho, O.J., Spring, D., Hester, S.M. and Mac Nally, R. 2010. Allocating surveillance effort in the management of invasive species: a spatially-explicit model. Environmental Modelling and Software, 25(4): 444-454.

Cacho, O.J., Wise, R., Hester, S. and Sinden, J. 2008. Bioeconomic modeling for control of weeds in natural environments. Ecological Economics, 65: 559-568.

Sinden, J., Downey, P., Hester, S. and Cacho, O. 2008. Economic evaluation of the management of bitou bush (Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp. rotundata (DC.) T.Norl.) to conserve native plant communitites in New South Wales. Plant Protection Quarterly, 23(1): 34-36.

Cacho, O., Hester, S. and Spring, D. 2007. Applying search theory to determine the feasibility of eradicating an invasive population in natural environments. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 51, 425-443.

Cacho, O., Spring, D., Pheloung, P. and Hester, S. 2006. Evaluating the feasibility of eradicating an invasion. Biological Invasions, 8: 903-917.

Sinden, J., Jones, R., Hester, S., Odom, D., Kalisch, D., James, R., Cacho, O. and Griffith, G. 2005, The economic impact of weeds in Australia. Plant Protection Quarterly. 20 (1): 25-32.

Hester, S. M. and Cacho, O. 2003. Modelling apple orchard systems. Agricultural Systems 77: 137-154.

Book Chapters

Hester, S.M., Sergeant, E., Robinson, A. and Schultz, G. 'Animal Vegetable, or....? A case study in using animal-health monitoring design tools to solve a plant-health surveillance problem', in Jarrad, F., Low Choy, S. and Mengersen, K. (eds), Biosecurity Surveillance: Quantitative Approaches, CABI International Publishing, Wallingford, UK. submitted

Hester, S.M., Hauser, C.E. and Kean, J.M. in press. 'Tools for designing and evaluating post-border surveillance systems', in Richardson, D., Walshe, T., Robinson, A. and Burgman, M. (eds), Methods for invasive species risk analysis and management, Cambridge University Press.

Hester S. and Sinden, J. 2009. 'Economic evaluation of the NSW Bitou Bush Threat Abatement Plan', in Hughes, N.K., Burley, A.L., King, S.A. and Downey, P.O. (eds), Monitoring Manual for bitou bush control and native plant recovery, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water, Sydney, pp101-102.

Monographs

Sinden, J., Jones, R., Hester, S., Odom, D., Kalisch, D., James, R. and Cacho, O. 2004, The economic impact of weeds in Australia. CRC for Australian Weed Management, Technical Series # 8. (ISBN 1-920932-47). 55p. (Cited by 111, Google Scholar)

Published Proceedings

Hester, S., Brooks, S., Cacho, O. and Panetta, D. 2010. 'A stage matrix for Miconia calvescens in the Wet Tropics of Australia: implications for management'. In Loope, L.L., Meyer, J.-Y., Hardesty, B.D. and Smith, C.W. (eds), Proceedings of the International Miconia Conference, Keanae, Maui, Hawaii, May 4-7, 2009, University of Hawaii at Manoa. http://www.hear.org/conferences/miconia2009/Proceedings/.

Panetta, F.D., Cacho, O.J., Hester, S.M. and Sims-Chilton, N.M. In press.'Estimating the duration and cost of weed eradication programs', In Clout, M. and Veitch. D. (eds), Proceedings of the conference on Island Invasives; eradication and management, Auckland, New Zealand, February 8-12, 2010, University of Auckland.

Hester, S.M. and Cacho, O.J. 2009, 'The spread of a biological invasion in space and time: modelling active and passive surveillance', in MODSIM 09, Proceedings of the Biennial International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Cairns, Australia, 13-17th July 2009, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia.

Hester, S.M., Cacho, O.J. and Sinden, J. 2004, 'Valuation of the cost of a weed incursion in a natural environment: a simulation approach', Paper presented at the 14th Australian Weeds Conference, Wagga Wagga, 6-10th September.

Sinden, J., Jones, R., Hester, S., Odom, D., Kalisch, C., James, R. and Cacho, O. 2004, 'The economic impact of weeds in Australian agriculture', Paper presented at the 14th Australian Weeds Conference, Wagga Wagga, 6-10th September.

Conference Papers

Hester, S., Cacho, O. and Panetta, D. (2011) 'A tool for monitoring progress towards eradication', paper contributed to the 55th Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Melbourne, 8-11 February.

Cacho, O. and Hester, S. (2011) 'Allocating biosecurity resources in space and time', paper contributed to the 55th Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Melbourne, 8-11 February.

Hester, S., Brooks, S., Cacho, O. and Panetta, D. 2009, 'Achieving eradication of miconia at a site in the wet tropics of Australia: a simulation approach', Paper contributed to the 2009 International Miconia Conference, Ke'anae, Hawaii, May 4-8.

Cacho, O.J., Spring, D. and Hester, S.M. 2008, 'Bounty schemes to assist in eradicating biological invasions', Paper contributed to the 3rd annual conference of Australia & New Zealand Regional Organisation of the Society for Risk Analysis, Canberra, September.

Sinden, J., Downey, P., Hester, S. and Cacho, O. 2008, 'Valuing the biodiversity gains from protecting native plant communities from weed invasions', Paper contributed to the 52nd Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Canberra, February.

Cacho, O.J., Hester, S. and Spring, D. 2006, 'Applying search theory to determine the feasibility of eradicating invasive populations', Paper contibuted to the 50th Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Sydney, February.

Odom, D., Hester, S., Sinden, J. and Cacho, O. 2004, 'Benefit-cost analysis for weed management in natural environments: review, issues and opportunities', Paper presented at the 48th Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Melbourne, February.

Working Papers

Hester, S.M., Sinden, J.A. and Cacho, O.J. 2006, 'Weed invasions in natural environments: Toward a framework for estimating the cost of changes in the output of ecosystem services', Working paper No. 2006-7, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of New England, Armidale.

Cacho, O.J., Wise, R.M., Hester, S.M. and Sinden, J.A. 2004, 'Weed invasions: To control or not to control?' Working paper No. 2004-14, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of New England, Armidale.

Cacho, O., Spring, D., Pheloung, P. and Hester, S. 2004, 'Weed Search and Control: Theory and Application', Working paper No. 2004-11, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of New England, Armidale.

Hester, S.M., Odom, D. I. S., Cacho, O. and Sinden, J. 2004, 'Eradication of exotic weeds in Australia: Comparing effort and expenditure', Working paper No. 2004-4, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of New England, Armidale.

Miscellaneous Publications

Hester S, Hauser C, Kean J, Walshe T and Robinson A (2010) Post-border surveillance techniques: review, synthesis and deployment, Draft Milestone Report 1, ACERA 1004, University of Melbourne, 100p.

PUBLICATIONS (pre-2001)

Book Chapters

Vanzetti, D., Andrews, N., Hester, S. and Fisher, B.S. 1994, 'U.S.-E.C. agricultural trade relations and the Uruguay Round: A Cairns Group perspective', in Anania, G., Carter, C.A. and McCalla, A.F. (eds), Agricultural Trade Conflicts and GATT: New Dimensions in U.S.-European Agricultural Trade Relations, Westview Press, Boulder, pp. 341-64.

Vanzetti, D., Hester, S. and Andrews, N. 1993, 'North American Free Trade Agreement: implications for Australian agriculture', in Wallace, N. and Evans, J. (eds), International Commodity Markets: An Australian Perspective, AGPS, Canberra, pp. 229-242.

Published Proceedings

Hester, S. and Cacho, O. 1997, 'A Biological Model of Apple Tree Production', in MODSIM 97, Proceedings of the Biennial International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Hobart, Australia, 8-11th December 1997, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia.

Andrews, N., Roberts, I. and Hester, S. 1994, 'The Uruguay Round outcome: Implications for agricultural and resource commodities', in Proceedings of ABARE's National Agricultural and Resources Outlook Conference: Outlook 94, World Commodity Markets and Trade Vol. 2, Canberra, pp.65–75.

Love, G., Warr, S., Hester, S. Tie, G., Dlugosz, J, O'Mara, P. and Fisher B. S. 1994, 'Commodity Overview', in Proceedings of ABARE's National Agricultural and Resources Outlook Conference: Outlook 94, World Commodity Markets and Trade Vol. 2, Canberra, pp.3-24.

Conference Papers

Hester, S.M. and Cacho. O.J. 1999, 'Estimating costs of pest damage through simulation', Paper contributed to the 43rd Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Christchurch, New Zealand, January.

Hester, S. and Cacho, O. 1997, 'A bioeconomic model of an apple orchard', Contributed paper presented at the 41st Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Gold Coast, 20-25 January.

Hester S. and Fisher, B. S. 1993, 'Recent developments in the Uruguay Round: implications for Argentina and Australia', Paper presented at an international seminar on the 'Reconversion of the Argentine agricultural sector', Buenos Aires, Argentina, October.

Vanzetti, D., Andrews, N., Hester, S. and Fisher, B. 1993, 'US–EC agricultural trade relations and the Uruguay Round: a Cairns Group perspective', Paper presented at 'New Dimensions in North American-European agricultural trade relations', Calabria, Italy, June.

Vanzetti, D., Hester, S. and Andrews, N. 1992, 'Implications of the North American Free Trade Agreement for Australian agriculture', Paper presented at 'Regionalism in the World Economy: The North American Free Trade Agreement and the Australian Response', University of Adelaide, July.

Working Papers

Vanzetti, D., Hester, S. and Andrews, N. 1992, 'Implications of the North American Free Trade Agreement for Australian agriculture', Working Paper no. 92/1, Centre for International Economic Studies, University of Adelaide.

Book Reviews

Hester, S. 1994, Review of Food and Agriculture in a Market Economy by Michael Tracey (1993). Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 38(2): 213-215.

Miscellaneous Publications

Hester, S., Gunasekera, D. G. and Andrews, N. 1993, 'World market impacts of EC restraints on cropland and livestock density', Agriculture and Resources Quarterly 5(1), March.

Vanzetti, D., Hester, S. and Andrews, N. 1992, 'North American Free Trade Agreement: implications for Australian agriculture', Agriculture and Resources Quarterly 4(3), September.