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
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
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
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
This is Part 3 of a series of posts outlining the research journey of my PhD so far. In my last post, I gave an overview of the many different approaches which can be used to evaluate environmental policies. I think it's pretty well established that evaluation is an incredibly important activity, as it's really the only … Continue reading Evaluation is important, so why don’t we do it more often?
This is Part 2 of a series of posts outlining the research journey of my PhD so far. In the previous post, I described the motivation for my PhD topic, which was to try to understand what outcomes have been delivered by biodiversity offsetting policies in order to inform future policy development. A key criticism of biodiversity … Continue reading Evaluating environmental policies: what, how and why
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
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