Queensland moves to control land clearing: other states need to follow

This article was originally published in The Conversation, and features my new paper published in Pacific Conservation Biology Queensland’s land clearing has yet again become a national issue. After laws were relaxed under the Liberal-National State government in 2013, land clearing rates tripled, undermining efforts to conserve wildlife and reduce carbon emissions. Now the current … Continue reading Queensland moves to control land clearing: other states need to follow

Clear consideration of costs, condition and conservation benefits yields better planning outcomes

I've recently had a paper published in Biological Conservation with colleagues from the University of Western Australia and University of Queensland, which has been featured on the CEED website. This work has been several years in the making, so it's fantastic to see it finally out! Spatial conservation planning is all about figuring out how … Continue reading Clear consideration of costs, condition and conservation benefits yields better planning outcomes

The legal and institutional dimensions of biodiversity offsetting

This is Part 5 of a series of posts outlining the research journey of my PhD so far. Read the previous entries: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 Over two days in January 2015, fifteen academics and professionals from law, economics, business, ecology and policy came together to discuss biodiversity offsetting - but … Continue reading The legal and institutional dimensions of biodiversity offsetting

Assisted regeneration could make farmers money

Here is the media release for my recent paper in Environmental Science & Policy: http://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/assisted-regeneration-could-make-farmers-money Researchers have found that assisting vegetation to grow back naturally could be a far more profitable way for farmers to lock in carbon than the more commonly considered method of planting trees and shrubs. PhD researcher Megan Evans from The Australian … Continue reading Assisted regeneration could make farmers money

A framework to analyse the effectiveness of biodiversity offset policy

This is Part 4 of a series of posts outlining the research journey of my PhD so far.  In this series of blog posts, I've introduced the motivation for my research topic, described the general range of approaches used to evaluate environmental policies, and have suggested some reasons as to why evaluation may not happen as … Continue reading A framework to analyse the effectiveness of biodiversity offset policy