Rebecca Pearse

B.Sc (Hons) Geology

PhD Candidate

Rebecca’s early interest in environmental management has been sustained by careers in farming, exploration geology, investment funds and ultimately NRM in Australia. Initially involved in environmental project origination and development Rebecca has now turned her focus to the necessary governance environment for the realisation of successful ecosystem service products. 

PhD Project Title

Monitoring and adaptively reducing system-wide governance risks in the emerging ecosystem service market: A pilot study in the Wet Tropics

Research Interests

  • Market based mechanisms for environmental securitisation
  • Natural resource management 
  • Development practice
  • Climate change


  • Professor Ruth Wallace, Principal (Northern Institute)
  • Dr Tom Brewer
  • Professor Allan Dale (James Cook University)

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Publications & Resources

Journal Articles

Pearse, R. (2012). ‘Henbury Station’–an industry perspective on financing conservation for carbon and biodiversity markets. Innovation for 21st Century Conservation, 172-178. 

Research Reports

Pearse, R., & Dale, A. (2015). Concepts and Indicators to Support Climate Adaptation in the Southern Gulf, North West Queensland, Australia: Benchmark Evidence Base. Cairns, QLD: James Cook University.  

Rebecca Pearse


T: 0428 866 147

James Cook University
Cairns, QLD