Bide your time

Bide your time

Conservation gain could be obtained by identifying efficiencies across time, according to Gwen Iacona. Iacona, a CEED Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UQ, used mathematical modelling to demonstrate that because of the different rates of change in economic and ecological systems, waiting, and using the time to improve the conservation capacity of the organisation, provided better […]

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Graduates and UNEP

Two UQ CEED graduates are off to work conserving the great apes of Africa and Asia. Emily Massingham and Dylan Jones recently headed over to Nairobi to commence a six-month internship with the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP). GRASP is a UN Environment Programme initiative committed to ensuring the long-term survival of chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, […]

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Academic conferences need environmental policies

CEED researchers are passionate about trying to reduce our environmental impacts. A team of our researchers have recently published a correspondence piece in Nature Ecology & Evolution asking why so few academic conferences seem to have taken actions to reduce their environmental impact. The team consisted of Matthew Holden, Nathalie Butt, Alienor Chauvenet, Michaela Plein, […]

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Participants in the ‘Conservation challenges and opportunities in areas of armed conflict’ workshop. (Photo by Felipe Suarez)

Networking for conservation in Colombia

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 […]

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Eduardo Gallo Cajiao presents Julia Miranda, the Director of the National Parks Service of Colombia, with a copy of Decision Point en Español. Julia commented that this type of science magazine would be very valuable to their management agency but these types of resources were rarely available.

Decision Point en Español launched in Colombia

A Spanish-speaking magazine for a Spanish-speaking audience As announced in the July issue of Decision Point, Decision Point en Español is now available. Our Spanish cousin got its official launch at the ICCB 2017 (the International Congress for Conservation Biology) run this year in Cartagena – in Spanish-speaking Colombia. CEED researchers ran a workshop at […]

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Fishery managers constantly have to deal with the challenge
of making decisions on allowable catch quotas with incomplete
information. Adaptive management is one pathway to meet this
challenge. (Photo by Megan Saunders)

Learning about adaptive management

Good decisions produce results AND help you learn KEY MESSAGES: Ecosystems are poorly understood, but often require immediate management action Adaptive management allows action to be taken immediately, and also helps learning Though commonly cited, true adaptive management is rarely applied Changing management because of ongoing monitoring at management sites is not adaptive management Adaptive […]

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More than just dollars and cents

Long-term stewardship of private lands: the importance of non-financial incentives KEY MESSAGES: While financial incentives may be important for increasing uptake of private land conservation, they do not necessarily engender stewardship values Private land programs would be better served by focusing on proper implementation, continued extension support, building capacity to manage lands for biodiversity and […]

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Much private land holds considerable conservation value.
Purchasing land and locking it up in a reserve is an expensive option.
Encouraging owners to sign up to conservation contracts can be more
cost effective. Revolving funds provide a unique, self-replenishing
approach to make this happen. (Photo by Mat Hardy)

Swings & roundabouts, & private land conservation

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 […]

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A typical scene in the foothill forests of Victoria. In the morning
mist this patch of woodland doesn’t look particularly fire prone but the
blackened trunks, open canopy and epicormics buds (leaves sprouting
from the main tree stem) suggest a major fire has passed through here
recently. Indeed, this image was captured some 15 months after large
wildfires seared parts of central Victoria. The foothill forests cover a
wide range of environmental conditions. How do you manage for fire in
such situations? (Photo by Steve Leonard)

Fire in the foothills

Fire regimes and environmental gradients shape the distribution of forest wildlife KEY MESSAGES: Important insights can be gained by modeling how fire regimes, not just fire events, influence biota in forests Management of fire regimes needs to be complemented by an understanding of the underlying environmental gradients and key elements of habitat structure that influence […]

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Orangutans (and science) in trouble

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 […]

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3, 2, 1… Impact!

I remember seeing a venerable old professor being introduced to the audience by his host with the statement ‘need I say more about Professor X than he has an H-index of 85!’ (and the host didn’t say anything more, that was the entire intro). Well, Professor X didn’t look pleased at all; his worth had […]

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