Focusing on spatial size can produce a raft of perverse outcomes Using size as the sole or even primary measure of success risks wasting limited political and social capital on protecting areas that don’t maximise conservation benefits. That’s the warning of a new commentary we led (while based at CEED) in Nature Ecology and Evolution […]
Bigger is not necessarily better?
Adventures in 3D Key messages: Conservation features often vary with depth in the ocean realm 3D systematic spatial conservation planning has the potential to deal with this variation We demonstrated that a 3D approach to conservation planning in the Mediterranean Sea has the potential to generate more efficient outcomes than the traditional 2D approach Spatial […]
Completing the circle of life in death All of us will die – now imagine how beautiful it would be if our friends could visit our grave, hear the song of a critically endangered bird, and know that in death, we saved this bird from going extinct? I’m talking about a conservation burial in which […]
Modelling the future of Earth’s titans During the 1900s, many whales were commercially harvested almost to extinction. Amongst the most impacted were the larger baleen whales, those species with comb-like baleen plates used to strain the water for food (such as krill and small fish). In 1983 the International Whaling Commission decreed a moratorium on […]
ICCB 2017 through the eyes of newbies In July, we travelled to the colourful city of Cartagena in Colombia to attend the Society for Conservation Biology’s bi-annual International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) conference. “Insights for sustaining life on Earth” was the theme for this year’s conference, with an emphasis on how to better manage […]
What factors influence the selection of a property for a revolving fund? KEY MESSAGES: The effectiveness of a conservation revolving fund for land acquisition relies upon selecting the right properties Whilst conservation factors are important, financial and social factors are also highly influential, with a major determinant being whether the property can be on-sold within […]
Will the orangutan be saved? KEY MESSAGES: For many threatened species the rate and drivers of population decline are difficult to assess accurately We applied novel methods for integrating field and interview survey data for the Critically Endangered Bornean orangutan Our analysis revealed that Bornean orangutan populations have declined at a rate of 25% over […]
A simple Cost-Effective Resource Allocator Key messages: Decision scientists working with national park managers have developed a user-friendly Cost-Effective Resource Allocator The allocator prioritises the set of management strategies that maximise the total number of years that a suite of species is expected to persist given a constrained budget The allocator uses a series of […]
Integrating animal-borne technology with conservation management Key messages: Research using animal telemetry devices can influence conservation decisions, and should be better integrated with management and policy Value-of-information analysis enables a quantitative assessment on the return-on-investment of animal telemetry-derived data for conservation decision-making Animal-borne telemetry has revolutionised our ability to study animal movement, species physiology, […]
Ethics and environmental decision science When researchers hear the word ‘ethics’ they often groan. That’s because the term usually arises in connection to ethics committees; panels which university-based scientists need to go through to get permission to undertake research. They ‘groan’ because it’s another transaction cost on getting their research done. Having said that, every […]
A special issue of Conservation Letters In December 2016, Conservation Letters released its first special issue with the theme of ‘Achieving the targets of global biodiversity conventions’. The issue was spearheaded by members of CEED and the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science (CBCS), specifically Moreno Di Marco, James Watson, Oscar Venter, and Hugh Possingham […]
A study of how private-land conservation organisations frame the benefits of participation has found a bias for emphasising the environmental benefits, while under-emphasising the benefits to landholders and the wider social benefits. “The success of these conservation efforts is tied to the engagement of landholders, however only a small proportion of landholders participate in conservation” […]
ECRs attend the ICN workshop In June I was very fortunate to be hosted by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science (ICCS) at the University of Oxford (led by EJ Milner-Gulland, one of CEED’s international PIs). While there I helped organise and participate in a workshop of the Interdisciplinary Conservation Network (ICN). The workshop gave […]
Following a recent international coral science conference, CEED researcher Jennifer McGowan led a short correspondence to Nature asking to researchers and managers not to lose sight of where they can make the most difference. “The message of the correspondence aims to unite the coral reef science and management communities after the International Coral Reef Symposium […]
Migration is physically demanding, and migratory species are highly reliant on places to stop, rest and feed along the way. Unfortunately, human activities are making it riskier for animals to travel, while also reducing the number of places they can travel to.
Conservation research is not being done in the countries where it is most needed, and this will likely undermine efforts to preserve global biodiversity. If that sounds like a harsh judgement, consider the facts.
What are the challenges and opportunities? KEY MESSAGES: Offshore oil and gas development brings with it a range of challenges and opportunities for marine biodiversity conservation The conservation community should become more actively involved in the earliest planning and exploration phases of oil and gas extraction Environmental decision-support tools can be used to explicitly incorporate […]
Risk it or play it safe? KEY MESSAGES: There is a bias towards placing MPAs in areas that are least threatened We found that conservation targets in our study area could not be met solely by avoiding high threat areas A threat selection strategy should be part of the management toolbox Cost-effectiveness in spatial conservation […]
How much do we need to know to develop a good plan? KEY MESSAGES: Spatial priorities for sea turtle conservation are very sensitive to the type of information being used Setting conservation targets for migration tracks altered the location of conservation priorities Telemetry data needs to be better harnessed in conservation planning It’s quite a […]