My new position with The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) involves some exciting research in northern Republic of Congo and Tanzania to develop a planning framework emphasizing a spatially-explicit scenario analysis approach […]
In December 2016 we published some exciting new research that combines network analysis with community dynamics to find monitoring or management surrogates in changing landscapes, such as those responding to fire […]
Ayesha Tulloch, Australian National University; James Watson, The University of Queensland; Jeremy Ringma, The University of Queensland; Megan Barnes, The University of Queensland, and Richard Fuller, The University of Queensland […]
We have a new paper out in the Journal of Applied Ecology, about preventing the death by 1000 cuts of our ecosystems through an understanding of the importance of small […]
Conservation organisations and resource managers regularly use maps of threats to prioritize effort. In response to increasing reliance on threat maps for making conservation decisions, we just published an exciting paper in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, titled “Why do we map threats? Linking threat mapping with actions to make better conservation decisions”. In this article, we argue that a decision-theoretic approach that identifies and evaluates threat management options is the logical way of dealing with threats to biodiversity.
Conservation managers designing and implementing threatened species management actions, frequently face the same dilemma: should they invest in projects that result in certain gains, or invest in projects with greater expected net benefit but higher risk of failure? The answer lies in the managers’ and decision-makers’ willingness to accept uncertainty in the outcomes of management – their aversion to risk. We have a new publication in Conservation Biology that presents the first examination of the issue of manager’s risk aversion in relation to prioritisation of threatened species recovery projects.
Recent rainfall in the Simpson Desert prompted me to spend some time out there in April with Prof Chris Dickman and his ‘Ratcatchers’ from the Desert Ecology Research Group from the […]