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15 ways to weaken (or strengthen) a protected-area system
15 ways to weaken (or strengthen) a protected-area system

At the meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology (Oceania) in Brisbane, July 2016, Bob Pressey led a symposium on recent weakening of the Australia protected-area system. Examples of weakening include legal changes to boundaries or allowed uses, but there are many other examples, typically under the public’s radar, of weakening without legal changes. The […]

The Conservation Planning Group at SCBO2016
The Conservation Planning Group at SCBO2016

Several members and of the Conservation Planning Group will be in Brisbane this week for the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Congress. Our scheduled presentations are below. Hope to see you there! Name Presentation Session Day Time Room Jessica Blythe Building Governance Capacity Through Social Networks Social Network Analysis for Conservation: Challenges and Opportunities Wed 6th July 11:40 […]

Does tourism really suffer at sites listed as World Heritage In Danger?
Does tourism really suffer at sites listed as World Heritage In Danger?

A recent article in The Conversation explores the possible impact for tourism on the Great Barrier Reef given the potential for listing of the Reef as World Heritage in Danger. Jon Day (PhD candidate in the ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies) outlines the impacts for tourism at three other famous World Heritage destinations – […]

The Conservation Planning Group at ICRS 2016
The Conservation Planning Group at ICRS 2016

Several members and recent alumni of the Conservation Planning Group will soon be off to Hawaii for the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium. Our scheduled presentations are below. Hope to see you there! Name Presentation Session Day Time Room Bob Pressey PLANNING AND MANAGING MARINE PROTECTED AREAS: FROM BELIEF SYSTEMS TO EVIDENCE 69 Evaluating the […]

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 […]

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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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