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New paper: priority conservation areas for reptiles in Argentina, considering climate change and risk of land conversion

Two years ago, Bob Pressey established a long-term collaboration with a research group led by Raphael Loyola at the Federal University of Goiás in Brazil. Rafael's group focuses on biogeography and conservation planning. One of our recent joint projects looked at the distribution and conservation of reptiles in Argentina, involving Raphael's colleague Javier Nori. A … Continue reading New paper: priority conservation areas for reptiles in Argentina, considering climate change and risk of land conversion

Life on the loose: a symposium on invasive species in Australia

Last week the Australian Academy of Science had its annual "Science at the Shine Dome" series of meetings. The final day, on Thursday 25th May, was the Academy's annual symposium, this year titled "Life on the Loose". The day of presentations covered aspects of invasion biology and management responses for Australia's terrestrial, freshwater, and marine … Continue reading Life on the loose: a symposium on invasive species in Australia

New paper: integrated MPA planning for biodiversity, connectivity, and climate change

Since returning to Brazil after his PhD with the Conservation Planning Group, Rafael Magris has continued to publish the research in his thesis. His final thesis chapter is now out in Global Ecology and Conservation. Rafael's PhD focused on spatial planning for Brazilian coral reefs, and on aspects of biodiversity pattern, larval connectivity, and resilience … Continue reading New paper: integrated MPA planning for biodiversity, connectivity, and climate change

New paper: Modelling the dynamics of native and invasive species in response to management actions

Another new paper comes from our five-year project on prioritising management actions on the Pilbara islands, off the north-west coast of Western Australia. We've been collaborating with WA Parks and Wildlife to develop an interactive decision-support tool to allow managers to prioritise their investments in island management. Behind the new software is a study, now … Continue reading New paper: Modelling the dynamics of native and invasive species in response to management actions

New paper: Planning for climate change with natural resource management groups

One of our new papers - Making time for space - comes from a writing workshop at O'Reilly's resort in the Border Ranges of southern Queensland. The workshop was led by Vanessa Adams, now at Macquarie University. Attendees included two members of the Conservation Planning Group - Jorge Álvarez-Romero and Bob Pressey - and Allan … Continue reading New paper: Planning for climate change with natural resource management groups

Tools workshop on responsible sustainable development in East New Britain

Two weeks ago I was in Kokopo, in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea with a dedicated team from The Nature Conservancy, CSIRO and the University of Queensland. I was there to help facilitate one of their workshops on delivering tools that can help local-level governments (LLGs) work towards creating their land- and sea-use plans, ultimately informing their own sustainable … Continue reading Tools workshop on responsible sustainable development in East New Britain

Social Dynamics Shaping the Diffusion of Sustainable Aquaculture Innovations in the Solomon Islands

I recently collaborated will colleagues from WorldFish on a paper now out in Sustainability, which explores social dynamics that shape the diffusion of sustainable aquaculture practices. Jess and I have been thinking a lot lately about Diffusion of Innovation theory, and how it might be useful to explain the uptake and spread of community-based conservation "innovations". In this … Continue reading Social Dynamics Shaping the Diffusion of Sustainable Aquaculture Innovations in the Solomon Islands

Purpose, policy, and practice: Intent and reality for on-ground management and outcomes of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

A complex and increasing range of environmental and legal policy initiatives have been established to conserve biodiversity by improving management of human activities and their impacts on marine environments. These policies include international agreements, laws and conventions along with those at the national and local level, and span many sectors including conservation, fisheries, and agriculture. … Continue reading Purpose, policy, and practice: Intent and reality for on-ground management and outcomes of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Research reconnaissance in the Myeik Archipelago, Myanmar

In the far southern coast of Myanmar (formally Burma) lies a group of around 800 tropical islands, collectively called the Myeik Archipelago. This is an area of ecological and social significance to Myanmar, and a proposed marine protected area (MPA) site. I was lucky enough to visit the archipelago last week with my supervisor Dr. Amy … Continue reading Research reconnaissance in the Myeik Archipelago, Myanmar