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

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

Seeking evidence to inform the biodiversity offsets policy debate

This is Part 1 of a series of posts outlining the research journey of my PhD so far.  When I first embarked on my PhD research, my main interest was in trying to learn about what outcomes had been delivered by biodiversity offsetting policies. There were a few reasons for this. First, I knew that biodiversity offsetting was … Continue reading Seeking evidence to inform the biodiversity offsets policy debate

Gina vs. the reef? A plea for informed debate on biodiversity offsets

I never thought I'd be in a situation where I felt the need to defend Gina Rinehart. I'm pro-mining tax, love the Great Barrier Reef, pro-divestment and pro-safe climate. But, I want an informed debate on these issues - and in the case of the proposed Abbot Point coal terminal development, we need to have a decent understanding of the environmental policies which … Continue reading Gina vs. the reef? A plea for informed debate on biodiversity offsets

Environmental offset policy and bridging the science-policy divide

The latest issue of Decision Point magazine features a brief article outlining some the "co-benefits" that have been generated through the collaboration between the Department of the Environment and researchers from the Environmental Decisions Group which resulted in EPBC Act environmental offsets assessment guide.  I've previously blogged about this collaboration here, but as mentioned in … Continue reading Environmental offset policy and bridging the science-policy divide

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush: Paper accepted at the 15th Annual BIOECON Conference, Cambridge

I woke to the exciting news this morning that my paper has been accepted for presentation at the 15th Annual BIOECON Conference, to be held at King's College in Cambridge, UK from 18 – 20th September 2013.  I'm looking forward to travelling to the UK, and hope to visit some of the fantastic universities and institutions while … Continue reading A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush: Paper accepted at the 15th Annual BIOECON Conference, Cambridge