The need to restore the world’s ecosystems and landscapes to protect biodiversity and vital ecosystem services has resulted in significant international commitments over the last decade. Governments and non-government organisations are now looking at ways to scale up restoration efforts to meet those commitments.
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People close to CEED are well aware that CEED researchers have made many important contributions to environmental policy and management. However, measuring these impacts is notoriously difficult.
What? where? and when? If we could answer these three little questions when it comes to allocating our available limited resources to saving species and ecosystems then we would be going a long way towards fixing the biodiversity crisis as it unravels around us.
Decision Point is now on the endangered list As most of our readers know, in any conservation equation there are trade-offs and critical decision points. And Decision Point itself is now at this stage. Funding for Decision Point ends in 2018. What would YOU like to see happen to Decision Point? Please let us know […]
From little tweets to big cities How many metric tonnes of carbon are emitted in travelling to an international environmental conference (including all those airplane miles as delegates jet in from afar)? Five? Five hundred? How about zero? Well that was the carbon footprint of CEED’s inaugural Twitter Conference (#CEEDTC2018) which we ran on 22 May (and coincided with the […]
Researchers from UQ, CEED, the National University of Singapore (NUS), and staff from the Singapore National Parks Board (NParks), met in Singapore in early February to strengthen collaborative links between conservation researchers and managers. Scientists and managers from NUS and NParks gave talks providing an overview of Singapore’s current conservation and parks management arrangements, and […]
CEED alumni make their mark One of CEED’s greatest legacies will be its people. CEED commenced in 2011 and has now generated a well-connected alumni network that spans the globe. These incredibly capable researchers are receiving national and international recognition for their achievements. They are securing coveted positions in the academy, and also taking up […]
Now in a ‘larger-than-life’ gatefold! CEED has a fantastic record of cutting-edge research and publication, and this work will have enduring impact. However, one our greatest legacies will be our people, and in particular our postgraduate students and post-doctoral fellows – our Alumni. Our well-connected network of Alumni (self-identified as CEEDlings) now spans the globe, […]
It can make you sad. You see these bright-eyed, bushy-tailed young PhD students and post docs coming into the CEED network full of vitality and vigour, eager to save the world with their science (but sometimes a tad naïve about how the real world works); and before you know it they’re gone. They’ve completed their […]
Australia does well when it comes to environmental research The QS World University Rankings website sets out which universities around the world are excelling in different areas. Under ‘environmental sciences’ in 2017, Australia’s top university is The University of Queensland coming in at number 9. The University of Melbourne sits at number 18 with the […]
Evaluating CEED’s impact What is CEED’s impact? If CEED was an academic its impact might be summarised by its publication record. To date, CEED research has produced more than 800 journal publications over the last six years. One in every 28 journal papers are considered ‘highly-cited’, meaning they have received enough citations to place them […]
Earlier this year CEED’s Chief Investigators came together at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat (Lamington National Park, Qld, CIs are pictured) to reflect on CEED’s impact on the world of environmental decision science and to plan a ‘book of lessons’ emerging out of our research. CEED didn’t invent decision science but, through its research and tool development, […]
CEED really has made its mark Environmental decision science is now a ‘thing’ and CEED and its related networks and partnerships can justifiably (and proudly) claim a lion share of the credit in raising the profile of this rapidly emerging field of conservation science. Back in the 1990s, statistical ecology in Australia was strong, but […]
When did the notion of ‘ecosystem services’ take on real meaning? In one sense, it stretches back to the beginning of history with Plato noting the connection between deforestation, soil erosion and the drying of springs. However, attempting to frame the benefits of nature in a way that enabled us to make decisions around the […]
As most of you know, I’m leaving CEED to take on the role of The Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy. This is my last issue of Decision Point as CEED’s Director. I’ve been working with you in this network (in its various forms) for the past decade and it’s been a wonderful time – full of exciting science and valuable and respectful collaborations.
One of legacies of CEED is the network of people it brings together. Here are a few of the faces of that network, the people behind the stories in this issue of Decision Point. Elisa Bayraktarov & Megan Saunders Elisa’s research interests are in the effects of global and local threats on endangered ecosystems and […]
As a firm believer of the potential of big data for conservation biology, last year I co-organised a workshop at the UQ node of CEED together with Alienor Chauvenet (UQ), Jose Lahoz- Monfort (UMelb) and Michael Bode (UMelb) on “Big Data hits Conservation Biology”. Over 30 researchers from the University of Queensland, the University of […]
Every two years the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions brings its people together in one place to share new ideas, reflect on what’s been happening and plan for the future. In December, CEED’s 2015 conference was held in Canberra at the Australian National University. As always it generated a wealth of ideas, catalysed […]
What is CEED? Go to our website and you’ll read it’s a ‘partnership’ and a ‘world-leading research centre’ (for solving environmental management problems and for evaluating the outcomes of environmental actions). Of course, that’s true but it says little about the people that make up CEED. At its heart, CEED is a network of people […]