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The Conservation Planning Group
Going into the field to determine how perceived drivers of fish populations vary between different stakeholder groups.
Going into the field to determine how perceived drivers of fish populations vary between different stakeholder groups.

Principal Investigator: Jeremy Horowitz Supervisors: Professor Bob Pressey, Dr. Georgina Gurney, Dr. Amelia Wenger Danajon Bank is the only double barrier reef in the Philippines, and one of six in the world. It has significant conservation values and faces diverse threats from human activities, both in the marine environment and in nearby catchments that flow […]

Planning for both feature representation and demographic persistence
Planning for both feature representation and demographic persistence

A new paper in PLoS ONE by Michael Bode and colleagues from James Cook University demonstrates how conservation planning can be done simultaneously for both biodiversity pattern and process. The paper addresses two key challenges to designing marine reserve networks: 1. constructing a method that efficiently incorporates persistence as well as complementary feature representation; and 2. […]

JCU-UFG collaboration (Universidade Federal de Goiás)
JCU-UFG collaboration (Universidade Federal de Goiás)

In May 2016, Bob Pressey is spending four weeks working at the Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG) in Goiânia, Brazil. Bob is a visiting professor at UFG, and working principally with Rafael Loyola and his research students. In the accompanying photo, Rafael is the cool-looking dude at the back, toward the left, checked shirt, not tucked […]

Congratulate our three new conservation planning doctors!
Dr. Georgina Gurney (left) and Dr. Melanie Hamel (right) just graduated with their PhD in Conservation Planning from James Cook University.

The Conservation Planning Group is proud to announce the recent graduation of three of its members. Georgina, Rafael and Melanie received their PhD degrees from James Cook University in March 2016. All three were primarily supervised by Prof. Bob Pressey and undertook their research at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Dr. […]

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, […]

About Us
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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