Fall of the leviathans

Fall of the leviathans

Large old trees are disappearing: They are among the biggest organisms on Earth, they form keystone structures in every landscape in which they are found, everyone loves them… and they’re disappearing before our eyes. Just as large-bodied animals such as elephants, tigers, and many whales have declined drastically around the world, a growing body of […]

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Tourism, lifestyle and conservation on the reef

Lifestyle values strengthen the resilience of the GBR and its tourism industry: The world-renowned Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is one of Australia’s most spectacular natural attractions. Tourism to the GBR contributes AU$5.8 Billion to the Australian economy per annum and sustains 55,000 jobs. Yet, coral reefs on the GBR and worldwide are under threat from […]

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Think Tank A Go Go

What’s the difference between a think tank and an annual conference? How do you effectively share ideas across the two cultures of research and policy? This year our hub tried something different. When we began planning communication activities for the NERP Environmental Decisions (ED) Hub we naturally considered the possibility of staging an annual conference. […]

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The detection of species and their abundance

What’s the relationship between a species’ abundance and an observer’s chance of spotting it? Strange scenes were recently reported in Royal Park next to Melbourne Uni. People were spotted planting tiny native plants in seemingly random patterns in the grass. And nearby these same people were said to have been dropping five and ten cent […]

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Designing and implementing fauna surveys

Understanding the distribution and habitat requirements of threatened species: To understand the distribution and habitat requirements of threatened animals, managers often need to undertake field surveys, or contract others to do it for them. The effectiveness of these surveys depends on a lot more than simply selecting the best survey method; the importance of sampling […]

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Conservation tools – back to basics

A rough guide to fauna surveys, distribution models, and PVAs: Imagine you’re a forest manager responsible for balancing (among other things) timber production and threatened species management in a large forest estate. You’ve been given the task of figuring out the potential impacts of a timber harvesting plan on a nationally listed threatened bandicoot. Or […]

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