Are two fences better than one?

Picture this

Adding value when communicating data and analysis As a scientist I spend a reasonable amount of time making graphics (figures, plots, diagrams and so forth) for publication and talks. It’s a part of my job I enjoy. I use these pictures to explain how models work, demonstrate experimental design, and show results. Through this experience […]

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Adding up the invasion debt

Predicting and preventing future species invasions Invasive species cost hundreds of billions of dollars a year to the global economy, and are a major threat to native species and ecosystems. As global travel and trade accelerate, so does the transport (intentional and inadvertent) of species to new locations. Most newly-introduced species will not become invasive; […]

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Cooperation and conflict in the conservation arena

Multiple-actor conservation and the need for explicit coordination Systematic conservation planning is the absolute best-practice approach to conserving biodiversity in a large landscape. We create maps that highlight the distribution of our favourite conservation features – be they threatened species, vulnerable habitats, ecosystem services, or all of the above – and then we use these […]

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Acting systematic in an ad hoc world

Modeling local implementation and regional conservation planning in Fiji: In a perfect world, conservation planning would be systematic. Decisions on where to set up (and how to manage) reserves would be undertaken considering the natural values of that reserve together with how these values combine with other reserves (complementarity) and how different reserves are connected […]

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To coordinate or not to coordinate (that’s a tricky question)

Comparing the value of coordinated fisheries management Fisheries management rarely coordinates different fishing activities for different species. That’s in part because it’s a challenging and costly thing to do. But this is compounded by the difficulty of assessing whether it’s worth the effort in the first place. Comparing the value of coordinated management with uncoordinated […]

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