Conversation piece – Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef: going beyond our backyard to protect the reef

This article was originally published in The Conversation here. From place-based to problem-based campaigns, we are seeing a rise in initiatives aiming to foster collective environmental stewardship among concerned citizens across the globe. These international communities have arisen to meet new environmental challenges and seize the opportunities presented by our increasingly connected world. Traditional approaches to … Continue reading Conversation piece – Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef: going beyond our backyard to protect the reef

Diseño y conectividad de reservas marinas ante el calentamiento global

International collaborations are central to our research. Here we summarize the results of an ongoing collaboration with Mexican colleagues to design a network of marine reserves in the Gulf of California, reported earlier in our blog. We do so in Spanish to ensure we reach a wider readership, particularly in Mexico! El calentamiento de los … Continue reading Diseño y conectividad de reservas marinas ante el calentamiento global

Using multiple methods to understand the nature of relationships in social networks

Effective natural resource management (NRM) often depends on collaboration through formal and informal relationships. Social network analysis (SNA) provides a framework for studying social relationships and is becoming a common tool for conservation practitioners. Simply put, social network analysis is a way of mapping who collaborates and for what, so that the patterns of collaborations … Continue reading Using multiple methods to understand the nature of relationships in social networks

Disaggregating ecosystem service values and priorities by wealth, age, and education

Ecosystem service research has made much progress toward conceptualizing and valuing nature’s benefits to people. People need nature’s benefits to live healthy, fulfilling lives with fresh water, clean air, and nutritious food. Yet until the 1990s, these benefits were often undervalued or completely missing from policy. Natural capital and ecosystem services thinking emerged to remedy … Continue reading Disaggregating ecosystem service values and priorities by wealth, age, and education

New paper: Biologically representative and well connected marine reserves enhance biodiversity persistence in conservation planning

Rafael Magris is lead author on a new paper published in Conservation Letters. The paper offers new insights into the design of marine protected areas. Currently much of the conservation planning literature uses one set of goals: either connectivity, demographic persistence, or representation of species. An analysis combining all three approaches was long overdue, so … Continue reading New paper: Biologically representative and well connected marine reserves enhance biodiversity persistence in conservation planning

Designing connected marine reserves in the face of global warming

Global warming can disrupt ecological connectivity among marine reserves by shortening potential dispersal pathways through changes in larval physiology. These changes can compromise the effectiveness of marine reserve networks, thus requiring adjusting their design to account for warmer oceans. To address this challenge, researchers from the Conservation Planning Group are collaborating with scientists, agencies, NGOs, … Continue reading Designing connected marine reserves in the face of global warming

Demonstrating multiple benefits from periodically harvested fisheries closures

For the last few years, I have been involved with a collaborative research project investigating the effectiveness of periodically harvested fisheries closures (PHCs). Widely implemented by local communities across Melanesia, periodically harvested closures restrict fishing activities for specified periods of time. PHCs evolved primarily to serve social and cultural objectives. For example, in Fiji and … Continue reading Demonstrating multiple benefits from periodically harvested fisheries closures

New paper: Generic formulae for comprehensive estimation of costs to control invasive species, with application to north-western Australia

Our five-year project on decision support for island management, in collaboration with managers in the Pilbara region, is now producing published papers. One of these, led by Amelia Wenger, is now available online. We consulted with managers and suppliers of material and services to estimate, across several hundred islands, costs related to labour, transport, consumables, … Continue reading New paper: Generic formulae for comprehensive estimation of costs to control invasive species, with application to north-western Australia