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