Workshopping the network

workshoppingHow can research on social networks be best applied to natural resource management? This was the focus of a recent CEED workshop in Brisbane that brought together researchers from around Australia and across the world.

So what’s the connection between networks and conservation? Social networks consist of people – such as land holders, managers, government officials and organisations– and the relationships and exchanges that tie these ‘actors’ together. How the network is organized and functions has been identified as a key determinant of participation and performance in environmental programs.


Small patches of habitat need greater protection

clearing mulgaSmall patches of native vegetation are critically important to biodiversity conservation and need greater protection from clearing according to new CEED research. Just because a patch of native vegetation might be small, doesn’t mean we can afford to lose it.

The researchers examined historical and current patch-size distributions to evaluate how important small patches are to different ecosystems. Using data on vegetation clearing in Australian, they calculated the historical change in the contribution of small patches to overall extent.


Biodiversity loses when the term 'degraded' is loosely defined

flickr hivemindWhat is the best form of management to protect tropical rainforests? CEED researchers recently set out to answer this question for Kalimantan. In the process they discovered that the manner in which the Indonesian government defines 'degraded land' is critical to conservation outcomes in the region.

Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo, is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, but the Indonesian conservation authorities are struggling to effectively maintain the island's rich natural values. Over half of the land mass comprises infertile acidic soil. Such soils are commonly associated with peat swamp, coastal swamp and acidic dryland areas. These areas are typically labelled 'unproductive' or 'marginal'.


CEED researcher working to save the hihi

hihi by john stewartClimate change is affecting the distribution of environmental conditions, forcing species to shift their range in response. If a species is not able to spread to a new suitable habitat naturally, then a conservation translocation, such as reintroduction or assisted colonisation, may be required.

The hihi, or stitchbird, (pictured by John Stewart) from New Zealand is one species conservation translocation has helped.

Following on from her PhD work at Imperial College and the Zoological Society of London, CEED Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Dr Alienor Chauvenet, is speaking at a free public event held at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand next week. As part of a panel of five experts, she is presenting research on “Climate change, hihi and an argument for assisted colonisation of the south” at the 20 year anniversary of hihi on Tiritiri Matangi Island celebration. The event is organised by Dr John Ewen, Co-chair of the Hihi recovery Group.

CEED researchers have a long history of working with the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC), in particular in developing the PPP (Project Prioritisation Protocol).

More information about the hihi can be found HERE

Marine reserves and tourism benefits

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How significant are the tourism-related benefits that result from a marine protected area? We set out to assess this using the shark sanctuary in Palau.

This article has been reproduced in full with the permission of CEED Chief Investigator Prof David Pannell, from the PannelDissions blog


CEED CI appointed an affiliate at Uni of Copenhagen

Kerrie MtCook 2Associate Professor Kerrie Wilson, a CEED Chief Investigator based at the University of Queensland, has been appointed to an affiliated Professorship in Conservation Science at The University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Her appointment is in acknowledgement of her long-term collaboration with the University of Copenhagen, initiated by the receipt of a European Union Erasmus Mundus Fellowship in 2009 and further strengthened through the international partnerships afforded via the ARC Future Fellowship program. Kerrie will deliver an inaugural lecture at The University of Copenhagen during 2016 in recognition of her appointment.

Poster prize for protected area expansion work

Tal Polak 1 1Tal Polak, a CEED PhD student based at the University of Queensland, has just won the best poster award at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Ecology and Environmental Science.

Her award-winning poster, based on work published by The Royal Society,  examined the efficiency and effectiveness of current approaches to the expansion of the global protected area network to conserve species and ecosystems. This expansion is a core priority of the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD).


Lifting the lid on unconscious bias and gender equity

Meg Evans gender equity

CEED early career researchers Megan Evans, Claire Foster and Stephanie Pulsford at the Australian National University recently organised a public seminar on unconscious bias, as part of their involvement in the CEED Early Career Leadership program. The presentation by prominent gender-equity expert Deborah May was attended by over 80 people from across the ANU and federal government departments, and broadcast live to many more watching online. (see a .pdf of the presentation here)


How do you save the Rhino

how to save the rhinoCEED researcher Dr Duan Biggs on BBC Radio World Service discusses options for saving Rhino around the world.  Listen HERE

Justine Shaw shapes the science for Homeward Bound

Justine Shaw in AntarcticaCEED Researcher Justine Shaw is prepared to travel to the end of the Earth to make a difference to our planet's sustainable future. In this case, however, she doesn't mean metaphorically. At the end of 2016 she will be heading for Antarctica as part of an ambitious leadership program called Homeward Bound.

Homeward Bound is all about creating and empowering women leaders. The program has selected 78 remarkable female scientists from all around the world. The women will work on a range of projects through 2016 culminating in a 20-day trip to Antarctica in December 2016.