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CONVERSATION PIECE: The plan to save the Great Barrier Reef is destined to fail unless …
CONVERSATION PIECE: The plan to save the Great Barrier Reef is destined to fail unless …

The Great Barrier Reef is in trouble, and a draft government plan to ensure its survival does not go far enough. So say the conservation planning group’s Jon Day, Bob Pressey, Jon Brodie (James Cook University), and Terry Hughes (James Cook University) in their article published today on The Conversation. They go on to outline […]

SEMINAR: Assessing cumulative impacts of coastal development using spatial scenarios and Bayesian networks: a case study on the Great Barrier Reef
SEMINAR: Assessing cumulative impacts of coastal development using spatial scenarios and Bayesian networks: a case study on the Great Barrier Reef

The Conservation Planning for a Changing Coastal Zone project team, Owen, Ben and Amélie, are making good progress towards finalising the prototype scenario-Bayesian networks method as a decision support tool for GBR managers. Owen, from Bayesian Intelligence, was contracted to complete the BN and apply them spatially. He will be presenting the overall project with […]

MEDIA: Great Barrier Reef dredging could damage fish populations
MEDIA: Great Barrier Reef dredging could damage fish populations

Given current discussion surrounding dredging on the Great Barrier Reef, Amelia’s research on the effects of sediment on larval fish has been getting lots of media attention. You can read the media release here, or the original research paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology.

RELEVANT SEMINAR: Dr. Christopher Raymond – Engaging local communities in conservation planning in an era of rapid environmental change
RELEVANT SEMINAR: Dr. Christopher Raymond – Engaging local communities in conservation planning in an era of rapid environmental change

Title (interview seminar): Engaging local communities in conservation planning in an era of rapid environmental change Presented by: Dr. Christopher Raymond, Research Fellow, Geography and Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australia. Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Denmark When: Wednesday, 22nd of October 2014; 14:30 to 15:30 hrs. Where: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research […]

SEMINAR: Anderson Sevilha – Systematic conservation planning for the Parana River Basin, Brazil, under climate change.
SEMINAR: Anderson Sevilha – Systematic conservation planning for the Parana River Basin, Brazil, under climate change.

Anderson Sevilha will be presenting his PhD Pre Completion seminar: “Systematic conservation planning for the Parana River Basin, Brazil, under climate change.” Anderson is supervised by Prof. Steve Williams and Prof. Robert Pressey. When: Thursday 25th September, 11am Where: James Cook University, Townsville Campus, Room 030 Building 145 (ATSIP) (Townsville campus map). Videolinked to Cairns Campus […]

SEMINAR: Jessica Cheok – Spatial prioritisation for marine conservation – Sensitivity of priorities to thematic and spatial resolution
SEMINAR: Jessica Cheok – Spatial prioritisation for marine conservation – Sensitivity of priorities to thematic and spatial resolution

Jessica Cheok will be presenting her Master of Philosophy Confirmation Seminar: “Spatial prioritisation for marine conservation –Sensitivity of priorities to thematic and spatial resolution” Abstract: Conservation resources in most circumstances are highly limited. Effective prioritisation of important biodiversity areas for conservation is thus paramount in most situations. In order to prioritise effectively, the influence of data […]

Incorporating climate change predictions into planning for conservation
Incorporating climate change predictions into planning for conservation

Conservation planning group postdoc April Reside recently visited the small African nation of Swaziland to collaborate with the researchers and masters students at the University of Swaziland. April has had a long standing collaboration with Prof Ara Monadjem and learnt about the conservation planning work in the pipeline there and the research that is being […]

Pressey Lab Retreat
Pressey Lab Retreat

This week, the conservation planning group are holding our 2014 lab retreat, at the Arcadian Surf Lifesaving Club, in Townsville. Annual lab retreats provide us with an opportunity to catch up with what everyone is working on, to reflect on individual challenges and opportunities for the year ahead, and brainstorm how we might support each […]

SEMINAR: Rebecca Weeks – Towards Explicit Objectives for Connectivity in Conservation Planning
Conservation Planning for Connectivity

Abstract: The need to consider connectivity in the design of marine reserve networks has long been recognised. Connectivity processes, with larval dispersal key amongst these, are critical to whether species persist in a region, how they respond to natural and anthropogenic disturbances, and how they should be managed. However, in the context of conservation planning, […]

About Us
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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