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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 […]

New Paper: Larval dispersal and movement patterns of coral reef fishes, and implications for marine reserve network design
New Paper: Larval dispersal and movement patterns of coral reef fishes, and implications for marine reserve network design

Our new paper on reef fish movement patterns and implications for marine reserve network design is finally online (and open access!) at Biological Reviews. My favourite part of the paper is the wonderful figure (below) which shows how far fish move, making it easy to understand the spatial scale at which marine reserves, or other […]

Connectivity Conservation – through the lens of climate change, at the World Parks Congress
Connectivity Conservation – through the lens of climate change, at the World Parks Congress

The World Parks Congress, held in Sydney 12-19th was a large (>5000 delegates) and diverse gathering of conservation scientists, practitioners, activists and politicians from around the world. Eight streams spanned conservation goals, climate change, health and well-being, development, governance, indigenous and traditional knowledge and culture, and inspiring new generations. I mostly stuck to sessions on […]

NEW PAPER: Real-world progress in overcoming the challenges of adaptive spatial planning in marine protected areas
NEW PAPER: Real-world progress in overcoming the challenges of adaptive spatial planning in marine protected areas

A new paper on adaptive spatial planning, led by Conservation Planing Group members Morena Mills, Rebecca Weeks and Bob Pressey (with many wonderful co-authors!), is now online at Biological Conservation. Using case studies from Fiji (pictured above), Philippines, Australia, the USA, and South Africa, we explore the extent to which the many promises of adaptive […]

Combating illegal fishing in offshore marine reserves
Combating illegal fishing in offshore marine reserves

Conservation scientists say there needs to be a new approach to protecting offshore marine reserves. Illegal fishing in marine reserves will be a major focus at the IUCN World Parks Congress, which has opened in Sydney. Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University, who are […]

CONVERSATION PIECE: We have more parks than ever, so why is wildlife still vanishing?
CONVERSATION PIECE: We have more parks than ever, so why is wildlife still vanishing?

Protecting the leftovers. Failing to stop the losses. Aiming for the wrong targets. Just in time for the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Bob Pressey has a piece in The Conversation asking, if we have more parks than ever, why is wildlife still vanishing? So why are protected areas making so little difference? This is […]

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 …

With the Great Barrier Reef in decline, and development pressures mounting in and around the Reef, national and international spotlights have been turned on government policies. One response by the Australian and Queensland Governments is their draft Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan. The Conservation Planning Group, through Bob Pressey, contributed to a submission on the […]

NATURE comments: A to-do list for the world’s parks and a call for inclusive conservation
NATURE comments: A to-do list for the world’s parks and a call for inclusive conservation

With the World Parks Congress kicking off in Sydney next week, it’s not surprising that this week’s issue of Nature features a lot of content on conservation and protected areas, which includes contributions from the conservation planning group. First up, Bob Pressey leads a group of experts sharing their priorities for what must be done […]

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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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