Workshop to plan for threatened species across Northern Australia

In Darwin from 17th to 19th of November, Bob Pressey, Stephanie Trotter, Jorge Álvarez-Romero and Jeremy Vanderwal led a workshop on threatened species in northern Australia. The workshop was funded by the Northern Australia NESP (National Environmental Science Program) Hub, with the main aim of designing a multi-year project to develop new data and more accurately identify … Continue reading Workshop to plan for threatened species across Northern Australia

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

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?

Protected area network planning in Pohnpei

Last week I was in Pohnpei, Micronesia, to help the wonderful folks at The Nature Conservancy and the Conservation Society of Pohnpei to facilitate a state-wide protected area network planning workshop (Pohnpei is one of four states in the Federated States of Micronesia). Previous conservation planning initiatives have produced impressive results on paper, but have … Continue reading Protected area network planning in Pohnpei

Impressions from Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica

PhD student Adrian Arias sends news from Costa Rica, and asks the tough question: Are developing countries fit to effectively manage protected areas? I am currently doing fieldwork in Costa Rica, my country, for my PhD studies on fishers’ compliance with marine protected areas (MPAs). This is a short and quick write-up of my impressions … Continue reading Impressions from Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica

Strengthening collaboration with land managers in northern Australia

Funded by the northern Australia Hub of the National Environmental Research Program, researchers of the Conservation Planning Group are developing a planning framework to help catchment managers make better decisions about natural resource investments. The team (including Jorge Álvarez-Romero, Vanessa Adams and Bob Pressey) has actively engaged with researchers and managers across northern Australia, including … Continue reading Strengthening collaboration with land managers in northern Australia

Pilbara Islands Visit and Workshop [part 2]

This is the second in a two part report from the Pilbara Islands, where we have a project underway to develop decision support systems for prioritising and implementing management actions for biosecurity. The only disturbance to the peace and quiet during the walk along the shore was the infrequent buzz of a large model aircraft … Continue reading Pilbara Islands Visit and Workshop [part 2]

Pilbara Islands Visit and Workshop [part 1]

This is the first in a two part report from the Pilbara Islands, where we have a project underway to develop decision support systems for prioritising and implementing management actions for biosecurity. The airplanes got steadily smaller as we approached our destination, always a good sign that you're on the way to somewhere interesting. Our … Continue reading Pilbara Islands Visit and Workshop [part 1]

News from the field: Turtles in Brazil

Mariana Fuentes has started a new project in collaboration with Fundação Pró-Tamar to explore the spatio-temporal variability of hawksbill and loggerhead turtle hatchling sex ratio in Brazil. Marine turtles have temperature-dependent sex determination, where their sex ratio is determined by the nest temperature. Projected increases in temperature may skew sea turtle population′s sex ratios towards … Continue reading News from the field: Turtles in Brazil