OIST workshop on Ecological and Socio-economic Impacts of Marine and Terrestrial Conservation Policy

Last week I was fortunate to visit the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology as an invited speaker for a workshop on Ecological and Socio-economic Impacts of Marine and Terrestrial Conservation Policy. I was, at first, a little skeptical of the OIST workshop format - a series of hour long seminars, with no intended "output" … Continue reading OIST workshop on Ecological and Socio-economic Impacts of Marine and Terrestrial Conservation Policy

Big Sur workshop on periodically harvested closures

For the last few years now I have been working with a fantastic group of colleagues on research into the effectiveness of periodically harvested fisheries closures. Widely implemented by local communities across Melanesia, periodically harvested closures (PHCs) are fisheries closures that have opening regimes that can range from mostly closed to mostly open. PHCs evolved … Continue reading Big Sur workshop on periodically harvested closures

Help identify research priorities for Oceania

As conservation scientists, most of us hope to conduct research that will be useful to practitioners, and will ultimately "make a difference". However, it remains unclear whether the areas towards which we are investing our research efforts will actually produce the information that conservation practitioners and natural resource managers need. Understanding the information that decision-makers … Continue reading Help identify research priorities for Oceania

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

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 … Continue reading Can Pacific Islanders bank on a secure fisheries future?

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 … Continue reading Call for nominations: Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Section Board

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

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