Cumulative human impacts on Brazilian coral reefs

Rafael Magris is lead author on a new study just out in the journal Diversity reporting on a risk assessment of the coral reefs in Brazil. The study mapped out the geographic patterns of exposure of reefs to a range of stressors: fishing, land-based pollution, mining, shipping movements, coastal development, aquaculture, and global warming. By accounting … Continue reading Cumulative human impacts on Brazilian coral reefs

Governance failure limits water quality improvement for the Great Barrier Reef

Management of the Great Barrier Reef's catchments is vital to improving water quality of the Reef. Investments in management of these cathments in recent decades total hundreds of millions of dollars, but measurable improvements have been slight. One reason is that the complex governance of the Reef and its catchments has failed in a number of ways. … Continue reading Governance failure limits water quality improvement for the Great Barrier Reef

Investigating Stakeholder Perceptions of Fish Decline: Making Sense of Multiple Mental Models

Stakeholders hold different types of knowledge pertaining to resource decline, formed from different personal experiences and education. Sharing of knowledge between stakeholders is vital to effectively co-manage a resource because it can improve the ability to generate solutions that meet the needs of all stakeholders. Jeremy Horowitz is the lead author of a new paper … Continue reading Investigating Stakeholder Perceptions of Fish Decline: Making Sense of Multiple Mental Models

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