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

#NACCB2014 and beyond: a month PhDing in the USA

I recently returned back from a 4-week trip to the United States, where I attended the 2014 North American Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB) in Missoula, Montana from 12-17 July. Given this was my first time visiting the US and one of my case-studies is on conservation banking, I made sure I extended my trip beyond the … Continue reading #NACCB2014 and beyond: a month PhDing in the USA

Does “irreplaceability” tell us where to prioritise protected area management?

I was asked by The Conversation to provide some comments on an new paper published by Soizic Le Saout and colleagues this week in Science. You can read my comments and those of a number of other scientists in the article. But I thought I'd share some more thoughts on the paper here. Update 18/11/13: Added … Continue reading Does “irreplaceability” tell us where to prioritise protected area management?

No refuge: When a ‘protected area’ is not really protected

This article was published in The Conversation The New South Wales government last week said it would ban mining in the newly announced Dharawal National Park, an area where Illawara Coal was planning to extract up to $40 billion worth of black coal. By upgrading Dharawal from a State Conservation Area to a National Park, the government … Continue reading No refuge: When a ‘protected area’ is not really protected