Birds on top of the world, with nowhere to go

Rufa Red Knot Menunkatuck Aububon SocietyClimate change could make much of the Arctic unsuitable for millions of migratory birds that travel north to breed each year, according to a new international study published today in Global Change Biology.

CEED researcher researcher Hannah Wauchope, based at the University of Queensland's School of Biological Sciences said that suitable breeding conditions for Arctic shorebirds could collapse by 2070.


Is science any use for saving species & habitat?

Hugh BrisScience 2016If you have ever pondered this question,see what Prof Hugh Possingham, CEED's Director had to say at BrisScience 2016 recently - YouTube

Kalimantan floods - understanding just how serious they are

Borneo Flooding C HutanRecent research published by Dr Jessie Wells & colleagues in Environmental Research Letters is one of the first to gather data on flooding in Indonesian Borneo.  Over 360 interviews were conducted and news archives examined to analyse the impact of flooding on lives, livelihoods and the environment.

A YouTube video has also been produced on this work.

See the full publications online HERE

CEED research helps protect Malaysia’s marine life

Eric Madeja EMA7872A six-year collaboration between the Malaysian Government and CEED researchers from the University of Queensland has resulted in the creation of Malaysia's biggest marine protected area.

CEED research associate Dr Carissa Klein said the marine region at the northern tip of Borneo was globally significant for its marine life and diverse habitats including coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass, and threatened species including dugong, and sea turtles.


Dose of nature is just what the doctor ordered

People in park MorgueFile CCPeople who visit parks for 30 minutes or more each week are much less likely to have high blood pressure or poor mental health than those who don't, according to new research by Australian and UK environmental scientists.

A study led by CEED Researcher Dr Danielle Shanahan from The University of Queensland (UQ) suggests people might need a minimum "dose of nature".

In the Nature paper just out Dr Shanahan said parks offered health benefits including reduced risks of developing heart disease, stress, anxiety and depression.  Read more

Conservation covenants – an agreement forever or not worth the paper they’re written on?

LandforWildlife copyConservation covenants are an increasingly popular strategy for conserving biodiversity on private land but how effective are they? New research involving CEED, RMIT and The Nature Conservancy has revealed there’s much to commend these agreements in Australia but there’s also some work we need to do to ensure their effectiveness.

“There’s a growing trend in many parts of the world for land owners to enter into conservation covenants,” says Mat Hardy, the RMIT scientist leading the research on covenants.


Bright spots shine light on the future of coral reefs

reef fish 2Researchers including University of Queensland and Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) scientists have discovered a handful of “bright spots” among the world’s embattled coral reefs, offering the promise of a radical new approach to conservation.

In one of the largest global studies of its kind, the researchers conducted more than 6000 reef surveys in 46 countries, and discovered 15 ‘bright spots’ – places where against all the odds, there were a lot more fish on coral reefs than more

 Photo: Tane Sinclair-Taylor.

Trade-offs between biodiversity, carbon and agricultural development in our northern savannas

Agriculture GarryDCookThere’s a lot of talk about developing Australia’s north, of doubling the agricultural output of this region and pouring billions of dollars into new infrastructure such as irrigation. But what about the natural values of this region and it’s potential for carbon storage today and into the future? Can we develop the north and still retain these other values?

A new analysis by spatial ecologists including CEED researchers has found agricultural development could have profound impacts on biodiversity OR a relatively light impact, it all depends on how and where it’s done. If managers and decision makers want our sweeping northern savannas to serve multiple purposes then they need to plan strategically for them.


Measuring impact of Kenya’s ivory burning ‘urgent’ say UQ scientists

FOS ivory 90616 African Elephant Duan BiggsPress Release - for immediate release 9 June 2016. 

Nature Paper link - text version link 

Gathering evidence on the impact of Kenya’s record-breaking ivory burn on elephant conservation should be an urgent priority according to four University of Queensland scientists. 

Dr Duan Biggs from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) said the ivory burns and stockpile destruction had increased by more than 600 per cent since 2011, with Kenya burning a record-breaking 105 tonnes of ivory on 30 April, valued at up to US$220 million on the black market.


Decision Point special issue: Marine conservation

DPt96bThe June issue of Decision Point  (#96) is a special issue on marine conservation – it’s all about making decisions (trade-offs) in the marine realm. 

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