News graduation honsNews graduation phdIt's graduation time at UQ this week, and cause for CEED to celebrate! Azusa Makino graduated her PhD, and Carla Archibald and Laurel Osborne have graduated with Honours. Congratulations!

Left: Azusa pictured with supervisors Hugh Possingham and Carissa Klein, and Patricia Sutcliffe.

Right: Carla and Laurel with supervisor Hugh.






Post-doctoral fellowships available

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Two Positions Available)

Highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellows are invited to apply for a position within CEED at The University of Queensland.

The successful applicants will work on projects in the areas of: multispecies management, restoration ecology, ecosystem services, threatened species and conservation action prioritisation, adaptive management and monitoring, decision-making in socio-ecological systems, or other emerging priority areas of research. Applications close 02 Nov more

How to make national parks more efficient at saving animals

biodiversity 1National parks are usually created on land that is too poor for agriculture and protect only 11% of endangered species. But researchers have found how we can do a better job without breaking the bank. Read more...

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Scientists urge greater efforts to protect orangutan forests

orangutansProtecting the forest homes of orangutans is the most cost‐effective way of boosting the great
apes’ chances of survival in the long‐run, international scientists have found.
New research at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) has
established the best strategies for maintaining orangutan populations for more than 20 years
on a limited budget.
In the study, the researchers analysed which strategy or combination of strategies, and under
what conditions, is the most cost‐effective at maintaining wild orangutan populations.
“Money is limited in conservation, and it is important to know how best to spend it,” says Dr
Howard Wilson of CEED and UQ. “We found that the choice between habitat protection and
rehabilitation depends on the cost of rehabilitation per orangutan and the rate of
“If we want to maintain orangutan populations for less than 20 years, then reintroduction is
best,” says Dr Wilson. “But if we’re aiming for long‐term species conservation, protecting their
habitat is by far the best strategy.


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European newts invade Australia

NewtsOnce confined behind pet shop windows, the smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) – a ‘controlled pest animal’ in Victoria – has made a new home in Melbourne’s peri urban fringe.  

“Some of the sites where we have detected newts are quite far apart, so we suspect that the species has spread considerably, and has established itself in more areas than our study has revealed,” says Dr Reid Tingley of CEED and The University of Melbourne.


On the Spix Macaw and Conservation Triage

BBC SpixMacawHow does the world of conservation set its priorities? BBC Shared Planet reports from Qatar and the effort being spent to save the Spix Macaw from extinction in captivity. Occasionally, when the battle to save a species from extinction has almost been lost, the only alternative is to catch the remaining individuals to be kept safe and bred in captivity with no certainly of ever being returned to the more

On BBC Radio's Shared Planet, Monty Don speaks to Nigel Collar and Hugh Possingham.

Listen to the radio programme aired this week


Protected areas failing vulnerable species, researchers say

Lemur UQFuture national park expansion should focus on land that is home to threatened species, rather than on land that is cheap to protect, researchers say.

“A number of countries are working toward what could become the biggest expansion of protected areas in history,” said The University of Queensland’s Dr Oscar Venter, who led a study that found 85 per cent of the world’s vulnerable species are not sufficiently covered by protected areas.

“It is vital that this expansion focusses on land which contains threatened flora and fauna, rather than the ‘business-as-usual’ approach of favouring land that is cheap to protect,” said Dr Venter, of UQ’s School of Biological more

Read the media release, full article or a synopsis at PLOS



Managing the side effects of invasion control

Invasive species chopperInvasive species can threaten the conservation of biodiversity and natural resources and incur considerable economic losses. Invasive species management programs therefore aim to reverse or mitigate the impacts of invasion, but these programs can have severe negative impacts on native species and ecosystems.

See the full article published in Science HERE

Private land 'can help save Australia's imperilled wildlife'

CEED privateland imagePrivate land can help protect Australia's endangered bird populations as effectively as the nation's best performing conservation reserves, a new study shows.

In the surprising discovery, CEED researchers Prof David Lindenmayer and Ms Laura Rayner from The Australian National University (ANU) have found that unprotected areas are faring far better than old conservation reserves as sanctuaries for the nation's woodland birds.


Beating poachers - with mathematics

poachersEnvironmental scientists have developed a new, low-cost way to save rare animals and plants from poachers and plunderers – using maths.
In a new study, researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), the Wildlife Conservation Society, Imperial College London and the Uganda Wildlife Authority are using a cunning mathematical model to outwit poachers in central Africa.
By studying the poachers' incursion patterns and prioritising patrols, the technology can improve protection of endangered animals and plants where they most need it, while minimising patrol and conservation costs, say Dr Richard Fuller and Dr James Watson of CEED and The University of Queensland (UQ).

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