Decision science and environmental policy

Decision scientist and policy person out in the field. Researchers
want their research to inform policy and management but it often
doesn’t happen. For greater interaction, scientists need to acknowledge
the many cultural differences between the the world of research and
policy formation. (Photo by David Salt)

Decision science and environmental policy

Achieving better outcomes from environmental policy is more than just good science Key messages: Decision science is only one of many factors that may be relevant in the environmental-policy process. Decision science has enormous potential to make policies more effective at delivering outcomes that are highly valued by the community. There are a number of […]

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One of CEED’s legacies will be our attempt to develop a framework
to measure CEED’s impact, a methodology that can be applied to any
research network (see Decision Point #106 for details) . Pictured here is
the working group that developed the framework. From left (front row)
are Sarah Bekessy, Dave Pannell (who led the evaluation), Tas Thamo,
Tammie Harold, Eve Macdonald- Madden; (middle row), Kerrie Wilson,
Jonathan Rhodes, Richard Hobbs, Margaret Byrne; (back row), Tony
Peacock, Alistar Robertson, Vanessa Adams and Kathy Avent.

Many legacies

And one final bumper issue of Decision Point All good things come to an end. The challenge is to learn from our investments (our choices and decisions), savour the good bits, learn from the not-so-good bits, and move on. As 2018 closes, so does CEED. We’ve come to the end of our funding but we […]

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A good decision for the environment

What’s a good decision for the environment? Is it: More funding for biodiversity conservation? a new national park being declared? a threatened species being declared a state emblem to give it a higher profile? or a program to pay farmers for good environmental stewardship? All of these proposals would be sold by the government (or […]

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Calling all readers!

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 […]

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CEED Alumni (and ECR) Kate Helmstedt leads the discussion at the Boden Conference on ecosystem collapse.

Conferencing with CEED

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 […]

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UQ and NUS researchers come together for the workshop group pic.

The Singapore connection

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 […]

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Dr Carly Cook

Alumni stories

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 […]

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The gatefold inside the Annual Report, featuring Alumni stories.

Of CEED, CEEDlings & impact

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, […]

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CEEDlings to the world

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 […]

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Australia is a world leader in environmental research. That’s partly because our circumstances are unique, and partly because the Australian community invests in the science that helps us understand our corner of the planet. (Image by NASA)

CEED’s science has bite

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 […]

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Decision Science 101

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, […]

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On reflection

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 […]

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A brief history of ecosystem services

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 […]

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The original AEDA crew (circa 2006)

Looking back, moving on

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.

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Our people

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 […]

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