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Seminar – Ed Scare: Making an impact in marine conservation
Edmond Sacre

Next Tuesday, Ed Sacre will be presenting his PhD confirmation seminar: Making an impact in marine conservation: shifting the focus towards threat mitigation and avoiding residual conservation Abstract: To have the greatest impact in marine conservation we must minimise threats to marine biodiversity. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are one of the mostly widely used tools to […]

SEMINAR: Melissa Walsh – Marine Conservation Finance
SEMINAR: Melissa Walsh – Marine Conservation Finance

Congrats to Melissa Walsh (previously Bos) for successfully completing her PhD exit seminar! You can read more about Melissa’s research here.   Global natural capital sustains human well-being, but the economic costs of degradation are greater than investments into the management of natural resources, resulting in a large and growing conservation funding gap. Significant ongoing […]

SEMINAR: Louise Glew – The promise, potential and pitfalls of impact evaluation in the conservation sector
SEMINAR: Louise Glew – The promise, potential and pitfalls of impact evaluation in the conservation sector

Policymakers need salient, legitimate and credible evidence on the social and ecological impacts of efforts to conserve global biodiversity. Fuelled by calls for increased rigor in documenting the impact of conservation interventions, a cohort of quasi-experimental studies has begun to quantify the impacts of conservation. The breadth and scope of these studies remains limited, focusing […]

SEMINAR: Protecting the unknown – What data for local coral reef conservation planning?
SEMINAR: Protecting the unknown – What data for local coral reef conservation planning?

Next Monday, Mélanie Hamel will present her PhD pre-completion seminar. Title: Protecting the unknown: what data for local coral reef conservation planning? Where: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room #106 (upstairs), JCU, Townsville (map). When: Monday 15th June 2015, 12:00 to 13:00 hrs. Abstract: Systematic conservation planning helps to identify candidate protected areas to represent biodiversity […]

SEMINAR: Georgina Gurney – Improving the success of conservation planning: integration of socioeconomic considerations into the design and management of marine protected areas
Georgina Gurney, James Cook University

* Update! You can view Georgina’s seminar online! Check out the end of this post. This Wednesday, Georgina Gurney will present her PhD pre-completion seminar. Title: Improving the success of conservation planning: integration of socioeconomic considerations into the design and management of marine protected areas Where: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room #106 (upstairs), JCU, […]

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

SEMINAR: Judi Lowe – Dive tourism and its impact on integrated coastal management and livelihoods for artisanal fishers.
SEMINAR: Judi Lowe – Dive tourism and its impact on integrated coastal management and livelihoods for artisanal fishers.

Abstract: Dive tourism is cited for its capacity to contribute to integrated coastal management (ICM) and livelihoods for artisanal fishers. Many assume that livelihoods from dive tourism will give an incentive to fishers to reduce overfishing. The spectrum of positive and negative impacts of dive tourism on ICM is poorly understood. Impacts will be identified […]

SEMINAR: April Reside – Conservation planning for climate change adaptation
SEMINAR: April Reside – Conservation planning for climate change adaptation

Abstract: Biodiversity conservation in the face of climate change requires managing current areas of high value, and areas of future value such as those needed for species to track suitable habitat. For maximum benefit, carbon storage and sequestration should be included without jeopardising biodiversity priorities. Priority areas for both biodiversity and carbon can then be […]

SEMINAR: Assessing cumulative impacts of coastal development using spatial scenarios and Bayesian networks: a case study on the Great Barrier Reef
SEMINAR: Assessing cumulative impacts of coastal development using spatial scenarios and Bayesian networks: a case study on the Great Barrier Reef

The Conservation Planning for a Changing Coastal Zone project team, Owen, Ben and Amélie, are making good progress towards finalising the prototype scenario-Bayesian networks method as a decision support tool for GBR managers. Owen, from Bayesian Intelligence, was contracted to complete the BN and apply them spatially. He will be presenting the overall project with […]

RELEVANT SEMINAR: Dr. Christopher Raymond – Engaging local communities in conservation planning in an era of rapid environmental change
RELEVANT SEMINAR: Dr. Christopher Raymond – Engaging local communities in conservation planning in an era of rapid environmental change

Title (interview seminar): Engaging local communities in conservation planning in an era of rapid environmental change Presented by: Dr. Christopher Raymond, Research Fellow, Geography and Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australia. Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Denmark When: Wednesday, 22nd of October 2014; 14:30 to 15:30 hrs. Where: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research […]

SEMINAR: Anderson Sevilha – Systematic conservation planning for the Parana River Basin, Brazil, under climate change.
SEMINAR: Anderson Sevilha – Systematic conservation planning for the Parana River Basin, Brazil, under climate change.

Anderson Sevilha will be presenting his PhD Pre Completion seminar: “Systematic conservation planning for the Parana River Basin, Brazil, under climate change.” Anderson is supervised by Prof. Steve Williams and Prof. Robert Pressey. When: Thursday 25th September, 11am Where: James Cook University, Townsville Campus, Room 030 Building 145 (ATSIP) (Townsville campus map). Videolinked to Cairns Campus […]

SEMINAR: Jessica Cheok – Spatial prioritisation for marine conservation – Sensitivity of priorities to thematic and spatial resolution
SEMINAR: Jessica Cheok – Spatial prioritisation for marine conservation – Sensitivity of priorities to thematic and spatial resolution

Jessica Cheok will be presenting her Master of Philosophy Confirmation Seminar: “Spatial prioritisation for marine conservation –Sensitivity of priorities to thematic and spatial resolution” Abstract: Conservation resources in most circumstances are highly limited. Effective prioritisation of important biodiversity areas for conservation is thus paramount in most situations. In order to prioritise effectively, the influence of data […]

SEMINAR: Rebecca Weeks – Towards Explicit Objectives for Connectivity in Conservation Planning
Conservation Planning for Connectivity

Abstract: The need to consider connectivity in the design of marine reserve networks has long been recognised. Connectivity processes, with larval dispersal key amongst these, are critical to whether species persist in a region, how they respond to natural and anthropogenic disturbances, and how they should be managed. However, in the context of conservation planning, […]

SEMINAR: Ian Craigie – Terrestrial protected areas and the successful conservation of global wildlife populations
SEMINAR: Ian Craigie – Terrestrial protected areas and the successful conservation of global wildlife populations

Where: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room #106 (upstairs), James Cook University, Townsville; video-linked to the University of Queensland (GCI Boardroom, Level 7, Gehrmann Building 60) When: Thursday 14th of August 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs Abstract: Ensuring protected areas (PAs) maintain the biodiversity within their boundaries is fundamental to achieving global conservation goals. […]

Follow up on 3MT competition: Congratulations!
Follow up on 3MT competition: Congratulations!

Today was the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies‘ 3MT competition. All presenters, including Amelia and Georgina who represented the Conservation Planning Group, did a really great job today (see abstracts), which made the competition pretty tough…   Special congratulations to Georgina Gurney, winner of the “Graduate Student” category with her presentation on the effects of Marine Protected Areas […]

Three minute thesis competition
Three minute thesis competition

Georgie and Amelia will be representing the Conservation Planning Group at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies‘ Three minute thesis competition. Good luck to them… and the other competitors of course! When: Friday 1st August 2014; 15:00 to 16:00 (with drinks and nibbles following the competition) Where: James Cook University Building 32 […]

SEMINAR: Jorge Alvarez-Romero – A practical approach to design a network of marine reserves in the Midriff Islands (Gulf of California) considering connectivity and climate change
Photo by Octavio Aburto

Seminar Title: A practical approach to design a network of marine reserves in the Midriff Islands (Gulf of California) considering connectivity and climate change Where: James Cook University Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room #106 (upstairs), JCU, Townsville; video-linked to the University of Queensland (GCI Boardroom, Level 7, Gehrmann Building 60 When: Thursday 31st […]

SEMINAR: Maurice Knight – A Brief History of the Coral Triangle Initiative
SEMINAR: Maurice Knight – A Brief History of the Coral Triangle Initiative

Apologies – due to unforeseen circumstances, Maurice’s seminar has been postponed to a later date. A Brief History of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security and Perspectives on the Role and Outcomes of the USAID Coral Triangle Support Program Maurice will provide a broad overview of the USAID Coral Triangle […]

SEMINAR: Kartik Shanker – Hunting for herpetofauna in the Western Ghats: a Wallacean approach to discovering diversity
SEMINAR: Kartik Shanker – Hunting for herpetofauna in the Western Ghats: a Wallacean approach to discovering diversity

UPDATE: Kartik’s seminar is now online. Describing diversity and its causes is a long-standing pursuit in ecology and evolutionary biology. Recent models have combined the effects of environment and species ranges to create null models of distribution, which can be compared with empirical patterns of diversity at large spatial scales, but these fail to take […]

SEMINAR: Vera Horigue – Scaling up to form marine protected area networks: the role of coordination of initiatives and institutional collaborations in the Philippines
SEMINAR: Vera Horigue – Scaling up to form marine protected area networks: the role of coordination of initiatives and institutional collaborations in the Philippines

UPDATE: Vera’s seminar is now available online. Networks of marine protected areas (MPA) are believed, and to some extent have been proven, to provide higher ecological, social and economic benefits than small, isolated MPAs. However, MPA networks are more complex compared to single MPAs and this complexity includes spatial, ecological, socioeconomic and institutional considerations. Hence, […]

SEMINAR: Jon Day – Planning and managing the Great Barrier Reef: lessons learnt for the future planning of the Reef and implications for MPAs elsewhere
SEMINAR: Jon Day – Planning and managing the Great Barrier Reef: lessons learnt for the future planning of the Reef and implications for MPAs elsewhere

UPDATE: Jon’s seminar is now available online. Jon’s PhD aims to utilise experience from the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), in order to 1) assess the significant lessons learnt over 30+ years of conservation planning and management in the GBR, and in particular reflect on the lessons from the Representative Areas Program (RAP) and the consequent […]

SEMINAR: Mariana Fuentes – Prioritising multiple management actions for marine turtle conservation
SEMINAR: Mariana Fuentes – Prioritising multiple management actions for marine turtle conservation

UPDATE: Mariana’s seminar is now available online. Resources for conserving biodiversity are invariably insufficient. This situation creates the need for transparent systematic frameworks to help stakeholders prioritise the allocation of resources across multiple management actions. This issue is particularly important for threatened species, such as marine turtles that have complex life histories and are exposed […]

SEMINAR: Jess Cheok – Co-management in Australia’s Marine Protected Areas
SEMINAR: Jess Cheok – Co-management in Australia’s Marine Protected Areas

Jess Cheok will be presenting her MPhil confirmation seminar: “Developing a theoretical framework to evaluate the current status and progress of co-management in Australia’s Marine Protected Areas.” Jess’s project aims to amalgamate existing theories on co-management of protected areas into a cohesive theoretical framework (co-management matrix). Formulating this framework is important because existing theories on […]

SEMINAR: April Reside – Climate change refugia for terrestrial biodiversity
SEMINAR: April Reside – Climate change refugia for terrestrial biodiversity

UPDATE: April’s seminar is now available online, here. The most cost-effective solution for biodiversity conservation under climate change is to identify and protect those places in the landscape that will harbour many species from the worst impacts of climate change. Despite widespread recognition of this goal, little is known about how best to identify refugia […]

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We are a multidisciplinary group of researchers at James Cook University, interested in all aspects of conservation planning and led by Prof. Bob Pressey. We are based at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, the College of Marine & Environmental Sciences, the College of Business, Law & Governance, and the Cairns Institute. We collaborate widely with conservation biologists and practitioners worldwide. 

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