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New Paper: Incorporating climate change refugia into conservation planning
New Paper: Incorporating climate change refugia into conservation planning

Refugia have been places that species have survived through harsh climate change in the past, so are believed to be important for species survival into the future with the impending, projected changes. In a previous postdoc (funded by NCCARF), I, April, looked at refugia across Australia for terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity.  This work has been […]

SEMINAR: Michele Barnes-Mauthe – Social-Ecological Linkages: an Integrative Systems Approach to Marine and Coastal Governance
SEMINAR: Michele Barnes-Mauthe – Social-Ecological Linkages: an Integrative Systems Approach to Marine and Coastal Governance

The Conservation planning group will be meeting with Michelle over lunch next Wednesday, but first, catch her seminar on an Integrative Systems Approach to Marine and Coastal Governance Where: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room #106 (upstairs), JCU, Townsville When: Monday 2nd February 2015; 12:00 to 1:00 hrs. Abstract: Considering the scale of anthropogenic […]

SAVING THE GREAT BARRIER REEF: WHAT THE NEXT QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT MUST DO
Keppel Islands, photo by Tane Sinclair-Taylor

The election of the next Queensland government will be held on the 31st of January. Both major parties – the incumbent Liberal National Party and Labor as its main competition – are making promises about investment in the future of the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef has been a topic of strong public and political […]

TEACHING: Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management
TEACHING: Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management

Since 2014, Dr. Amy Diedrich coordinates and teaches every year a popular subject on Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management (EV5209) at James Cook University, in collaboration with a few members of The Conservation Planning Group. This subject is designed to build theoretical and applied knowledge in the field of Protected Area Management. Students are introduced to: – […]

Planning across freshwater and terrestrial realms: cobenefits and tradeoffs between conservation actions
Planning across freshwater and terrestrial realms: cobenefits and tradeoffs between conservation actions

Conservation planning has historically been restricted to planning within single realms (marine, terrestrial or freshwater). Our paper reviews progress and gaps in integrated terrestrial-freshwater planning. We propose a conceptual framework for considering cobenefits and tradeoffs between multiple realms and identify challenges and opportunities associated with the application of our framework. Traditionally, prioritization of conservation actions […]

Can Pacific Islanders bank on a secure fisheries future?
Can Pacific Islanders bank on a secure fisheries future?

I’m currently in Albany with a “team of international experts” (and a chef!) from UWA, WCS-Fiji, CalPoly, DPaW, CNRS, and Fervor, working on a meta-analysis of Periodically Harvested Closures. See the media release from UWA, below, for more on what we’re getting up to! Traditional conservation measures, such as local ‘Tabus’ – areas periodically closed […]

New paper: effectiveness of different zones for marine biodiversity conservation
New paper: effectiveness of different zones for marine biodiversity conservation

Hard to believe it has been two years since my postdoc at James Cook University finished and I moved back to Canada to continue my research (and start teaching!) at the University of Victoria. Here is a synopsis of one recent paper, which characterizes my revitalized stream of research with indigenous people (here called First […]

CliMAS – a tool for investigating predicted climate change impacts on Australian species and biodiversity – is online!
CliMAS – a tool for investigating predicted climate change impacts on Australian species and biodiversity – is online!

http://climas.hpc.jcu.edu.au http://climas.hpc.jcu.edu.au/maps/ The CliMAS project provides projected species distributions and biodiversity estimates in the face of climate change, including regional summary reports. These can be generated for states, IBRA bioregions and NRM regions. The models are for terrestrial and freshwater vertebrates across Australia, and crayfish. With the support of the northern monsoon cluster of NRM […]

Call for nominations: Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Section Board
Call for nominations:  Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Section Board

The Oceania Section of the Society for Conservation Biology are currently looking for nominations for new board members – 3 Members-at-large and 1 President Elect. I’ve been on the board for a year (and will be for 2 more) and it’s been great. Serving on the board is a good way to get more involved […]

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Our core group of researchers, led by Prof. Bob Pressey, is based at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, Australia. We collaborate widely with conservation biologists and practitioners worldwide.

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