Help to shape policy with your science

Thanks to Julia Rosen for this piece in Nature News & Comment. Read the full piece here.  Megan Evans got a crash course in science policy in 2011. As a research assistant at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, she joined a project helping the Australian government to develop a tool to compensate for the … Continue reading Help to shape policy with your science

Understanding and engaging with conservation policy at #SCBO2018

At the upcoming Society for Conservation Biology - Oceania conference in Wellington (3rd-5th July 2018), I'm very excited to be running a short course that will provide conservation scientists an introduction to public policy in theory and practice. You can have a look at the agenda here. Unfortunately the course is fully booked out, but we … Continue reading Understanding and engaging with conservation policy at #SCBO2018

I got a thing

I'm very surprised, humbled and obviously rather awkward about the fact I was recently awarded the University of Queensland Faculty of Science 2018 Rising Star – Academic award. The award recognises "individuals who demonstrate excellence and future potential in research (science or teaching & learning), teaching, academic or professional service, or driving positive workplace culture." I was … Continue reading I got a thing

Network of Environmental Social Scientists 2017 Forum

This year I had the pleasure of co-organising the 2017 Network of Environmental Social Scientists Forum. The aim of the event was to showcase a range of experiences and insights on how to influence public policy in the current political climate. Kelly, Ange and I were thrilled to secure ten fantastic speakers working across the science-policy-practice interface … Continue reading Network of Environmental Social Scientists 2017 Forum

Australia’s species need an independent champion

Euan Ritchie, Deakin University; Dale Nimmo, Charles Sturt University; Don Driscoll, Deakin University; Geoffrey Heard, Charles Sturt University; James Watson, The University of Queensland; Megan C Evans, The University of Queensland, and Tim Doherty, Deakin University Furore erupted last week among many Australians who care for our native species. First we heard that land clearing … Continue reading Australia’s species need an independent champion

Embrace complexity to improve conservation decision making

I've recently published an article with my colleagues Federico Davila, Anne Toomey and Carina Wyborn in Nature Ecology & Evolution, which you can read for free with this link: http://rdcu.be/wnPv Here we respond to a recent piece by Bill Sutherland and Claire Wordley, which suggested that “evidence complacency” is leading to poor conservation outcomes. We … Continue reading Embrace complexity to improve conservation decision making