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Conversation piece: Great Barrier Reef bleaching stats are bad enough without media misreporting
Conversation piece: Great Barrier Reef bleaching stats are bad enough without media misreporting

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Jon C. Day, PhD candidate, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University The widespread bleaching event occurring across the Great Barrier Reef is unprecedented in scale and severity. It has rightly gained global media attention. Sadly, however, some of […]

New Paper: Systematic conservation planning within a Fijian customary governance context
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The groundwork for the paper was undertaken by lead author Hans Wendt, whilst he was undertaking his Masters degree at the University of the South Pacific. At the time, I was working for WCS Fiji, and provided Hans with guidance on systematic conservation planning. He took this and did some amazing work with communities in his home province […]

Adrian Arias wins inaugural Glenn Almany Memorial Prize
Adrian Arias wins inaugural Glenn Almany Memorial Prize

We are thrilled to announce that Adrian Arias is the inaugural winner of the Glenn Almany Memorial Prize  for his research on management and practice in marine protected areas in Costa Rica: Arias, A, Cinner, JE, Jones, RE and Pressey, RL (2015). Levels and drivers of fishers’ compliance with marine protected areas. Ecology and Society 20(4):19. The Glenn […]

Adventure Dream Jobs: Shark Researcher
Jess Cramp prepares to tag a silvertip shark © Andy Mann

PhD student Jess Cramp is currently featured as having one of Red Bull’s “Adventure Dream Jobs”. you can read about her roundabout route to becoming a marine conservationist, and where her PhD fits into that, on the Red Bull website. Above: Jess Cramp prepares to tag a silvertip shark © Andy Mann  

The overuse and questionable usefulness of huge offshore marine protected areas
The overuse and questionable usefulness of huge offshore marine protected areas

Very large marine protected areas (VLMPAs) are being increasingly exploited by developed countries to help reach percentage area-based marine conservation targets. They are often located in overseas territories or remote offshore islands, where populations are low, and threats to these ecosystems are minimal. Examples of such MPAs are: the Natural Park of the Coral Sea, […]

SCB Oceania are looking for new board members
SCB Oceania are looking for new board members

The Oceania Section of the Society for Conservation Biology are currently seeking nominations for 2 new board members. I’ve been on the board for 2 years (and will be for 1 more) and it’s been great. Serving on the board is a good way to get more involved with the workings of a professional society (looks great on […]

OIST workshop on Ecological and Socio-economic Impacts of Marine and Terrestrial Conservation Policy
OIST workshop on Ecological and Socio-economic Impacts of Marine and Terrestrial Conservation Policy

Last week I was fortunate to visit the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology as an invited speaker for a workshop on Ecological and Socio-economic Impacts of Marine and Terrestrial Conservation Policy. I was, at first, a little skeptical of the OIST workshop format – a series of hour long seminars, with no intended “output” […]

Oceans laws and policies: Time for an upgrade
Oceans laws and policies: Time for an upgrade

As part of the World Science Festival in Brisbane last week, I attended the 2016 Thomas Conservation Oration delivered by The Honorable Robert Hill titled “Ocean Futures: A New Generation of Laws and Policies for the Sea”. The Hon. Robert Hill was an intrinsic part of introducing Australia’s Oceans Policy (AOP) in 1998 during his […]

PACKED HOUSE FOR DEMONSTRATION OF NEW DECISION-SUPPORT SOFTWARE
PACKED HOUSE FOR DEMONSTRATION OF NEW DECISION-SUPPORT SOFTWARE

Members of the conservation planning group gave a successful demonstration of their new decision-support software in Perth on 16 March 2016. The software has been developed by Jana Brotánková, with Justin Osbaldiston working on the graphical user interface. Funding for the five-year project, focused on identifying priorities for management actions on about 600 islands off […]

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We are a multidisciplinary group of researchers at James Cook University, interested in all aspects of conservation planning and led by Prof. Bob Pressey. We are based at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, the College of Marine & Environmental Sciences, the College of Business, Law & Governance, and the Cairns Institute. We collaborate widely with conservation biologists and practitioners worldwide. 

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