Deforestation in Australia: drivers, trends and policy responses

Here is my presentation delivered at the Society for Conservation Biology – Oceania Conference this week in Brisbane, where I spoke within the symposium Conservation Oceania Style: Highlighting Oceania’s unique approaches to conservation biology and on ground outcomes The talk summarises my recent paper in a special issue of Pacific Conservation Biology. There's also a short summary in … Continue reading Deforestation in Australia: drivers, trends and policy responses

Policy internship at the Australian Academy of Science

Earlier this year, I was very fortunate to join the Australian Academy of Science for a 3 month internship in the Academy’s Science Policy team. The internship was for first of its kind offered by the Academy, and provided me with a unique opportunity to learn about its policy and advocacy work. I was attracted … Continue reading Policy internship at the Australian Academy of Science

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

Future Earth Australia workshop #FutureEarthOz

Since February, I've been spending time at the Australian Academy of Science as an intern in their Science Policy team. As part of this role I recently had the privilege of attending  the Future Earth Australia workshop. Below is a summary of the event - also posted as a Storify (with tweets and images): https://storify.com/megcevans/future-earth-australia-workshop  Over 28-29th … Continue reading Future Earth Australia workshop #FutureEarthOz

Applying a public policy lens to environmental decision making

Here are the slides from my presentation at the opening session of this year's CEED conference, which I had the privilege of being part of along with 5 other early career researchers from the Universities of Melbourne, Queensland, Western Australia (I was the ANU representative). Looking forward to three days of catching up with old and … Continue reading Applying a public policy lens to environmental decision making