Land clearing on the rise as legal ‘thinning’ proves far from clear-cut

April Reside, The University of Queensland; Anita J Cosgrove, The University of Queensland; Jennifer Lesley Silcock, The University of Queensland; Leonie Seabrook, The University of Queensland, and Megan C Evans, The University of Queensland Land clearing is accelerating across eastern Australia, despite our new research providing a clear warning of its impacts on the Great … Continue reading Land clearing on the rise as legal ‘thinning’ proves far from clear-cut

The plan to protect wildlife displaced by the Hume Highway has failed

David Lindenmayer, Australian National University; Martine Maron, The University of Queensland; Megan C Evans, The University of Queensland, and Philip Gibbons, Australian National University It’s no secret that human development frequently comes at a cost to other creatures. As our urban footprint expands, native habitat contracts. To compensate for this, most Australian governments require developers … Continue reading The plan to protect wildlife displaced by the Hume Highway has failed

Hume Highway nestbox offset: ecological, economic and governance failure

Our new paper in Biological Conservation has been featured in an article on ABC News: A review of a $200,000 effort to protect animals impacted by a major roadworks project in southern NSW has found its attempts to assist the survival of threatened species have failed. Researchers spent four years assessing the Southern Hume Highway Duplication … Continue reading Hume Highway nestbox offset: ecological, economic and governance failure

My final PhD seminar: Thursday 4th May

Somehow, unbelievably, it's time for my final PhD seminar. Details below and here - all welcome! Public policy for biodiversity conservation: evaluating outcomes, opportunities and risks Thursday, 4 May 2017, 1-2pm Fenner Seminar Room, Megan Evans The conservation of biodiversity remains a daunting and complex public policy challenge. Over the past three decades, two clear … Continue reading My final PhD seminar: Thursday 4th May

Science for Saving Species: research of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub

I'll be speaking at this event next Monday, 17th October at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. You can register your attendance here. Cutting-edge science that can help shape policy and management decisions and protect Australia’s threatened species will be on show in Canberra on Monday 17 October. Leading ecological experts from the NESP Threatened … Continue reading Science for Saving Species: research of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub

Australia needs better policy to end the alarming increase in land clearing

Megan C Evans, The University of Queensland Land-clearing laws are being fiercely debated in both Queensland and New South Wales. These two states are responsible for the majority of cleared land in Australia’s recent history. The latest assessment from Queensland shows that 296,000 hectares of vegetation was cleared in 2014-15. More than a third of … Continue reading Australia needs better policy to end the alarming increase in land clearing