A Summer Camp with edge

A Summer Camp with edge

Reflections on the 2012 SCCS experience Can you imagine a hundred keen post graduate students from 30 countries gathered in one place for ten days of talks, workshops and exchange forums? To me, it was reminiscent of a pleasant summer camp experience, a bubble in time where you learn new skills, form lasting friendships and […]

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Developing and interpreting species distribution models

A checklist of the basics: Species distribution models (SDMs) combine observations of species occurrence or abundance with information about environmental variables to gain ecological insights and to predict species’ distributions across landscapes. SDM outputs usually include: (i) a document describing the data and statistical modelling process used to generate the SDMs, (ii) a summary of […]

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Beyond the bathtub

The value of information for conservation planning under sea level rise: If you were given the task of locating a reserve system to preserve coastal biodiversity, how much of your limited budget would you devote to acquiring high-quality data? Of course, collecting and using high-quality data is more expensive than using rougher, lowquality data. And […]

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The value of more information

Thinking like a multi-billion dollar mining magnate may help to preserve biodiversity: Koalas in south-east Queensland are in trouble. They are threatened by vehicles, dog attacks and disease (see ‘Managing threats to koalas’). And these threats are growing as koala habitat is cleared to make way for new housing and industrial estates. The rate of […]

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Bogged down in the willows

Making robust conservation decisions in the face of uncertainty How much should we invest in learning as opposed to doing when it comes to conservation management? Keep in mind that investing in learning is taking resources away from the management itself, and may even lead to delays in getting on with the job. Of course, […]

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