Category Archives: Conservation

Saving the most species at #uomOpenDay

How should you invest $20 million to save the most species from extinction? That was the challenge we put to visitors to The University of Melbourne Open Day. You can take the challenge too! It is a difficult problem; programs … Continue reading

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Socially-acceptable conservation planning: how can we integrate biological and social values to improve conservation?

By Rachael Vorwerk, Amy Whitehead and Heini Kujala (This article was first published in the July 2014 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) Understanding how society perceives and values different areas is important for … Continue reading

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Gauging the extent of ecosystem novelty: measuring levels of biological invasion

By Jane Catford (This article was first published in the July 2013 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) It is all very well having an academic definition of novel ecosystems, but how do we identify them in … Continue reading

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Where are the goal posts now? Setting environmental objectives in novel ecosystems 

By Jane Catford (This article was first published in the July 2013 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) In a rapidly changing world full of strange new assemblages of species, the goal posts for conservation aren’t as … Continue reading

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Evidence and the conservation manager: what evidence does a manager need?

By Carly Cook (This article was first published in the June 2013 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) It’s often said that there’s a gap between conservation science and conservation management, that the work of conservation researchers … Continue reading

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WE NEED YOUR HELP! A study on technical information in conservation decision making

Sana Bau is recruiting participants for a PhD study investigating technical information in conservation decision making. Your participation in this research will provide important information on the interplay between technical (science-based) information and value judgements in decision making for conservation, … Continue reading

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Recent Qaecologist blog posts (May 2013, Weeks 3 & 4)

Another fortnight has gone by in the QAECO lab and  there is another smorgasbord of science writing for us all to feast on. QAECO PhD student Sana Bau is conducting a study on technical information and conservation decisions and is looking for … Continue reading

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It’s make or break time for Australia’s national parks

This post was originally published on The Conversation and is authored by Euan Ritchie, William Laurance, Corey Bradshaw (re-blogged on his site), David Watson, Emma Johnston, Hugh Possingham, Ian Lunt and QAECO’s Mick McCarthy (re-blogged on his site too). It arose from a … Continue reading

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Land abandonment and the decline of the Yellow-bellied toad in Liguria, northern Italy

By Stefano Canessa (This article was first published on the Europe Section of the Society for Conservation Biology Blog) Across Europe, centuries of interactions between low-intensity human activities, such as extensive small-scale farming, and the surrounding environment have created what we … Continue reading

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Recent Qaecologist blog posts (May 2013, Weeks 1 & 2)

QAECO post-doc Cindy Hauser kicked off this months’ blogging with her review of what’s been a good read on the internet during April. Cindy also let us know about a recent meeting of the Malleefowl-minded held in Ouyen. Recent QAECO … Continue reading

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