Category Archives: Decision Point

Developing and interpreting species distribution models: a checklist of the basics

By Brendan Wintle (This article was first published in the March 2013 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) Species distribution models (SDMs) combine observations of species occurrence or abundance with information about environmental variables to gain ecological insights … Continue reading

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Conservation tools – back to basics

A rough guide to fauna surveys, distribution models, and PVAs By Brendan Wintle (This article was first published in the February 2013 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) Imagine you’re a forest manager responsible for … Continue reading

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The detection of species and their abundance

What’s the relationship between a species’ abundance and an observer’s chance of spotting it? By Mick McCarthy (This article was first published in the February 2013 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) Strange scenes were recently reported in … Continue reading

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Designing and implementing fauna surveys

Understanding the distribution and habitat requirements of threatened species. By Brendan Wintle (This article was first published in the February 2013 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) To understand the distribution and habitat requirements of threatened animals, managers … Continue reading

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Detecting species without species-specific guides: a new, trait-based model of detectability

By Georgia Garrard (This article was first published in the February 2013 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) Imperfect detectability of plants and animals during ecological surveys is a major issue. Get it wrong and you run … Continue reading

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Cooperation and conflict in the conservation arena

By Michael Bode (This article was first published in the November 2012 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) Systematic conservation planning is the absolute best-practice approach to conserving biodiversity in a large landscape. We create maps that … Continue reading

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On triage, public values and informed debate: trade-offs around extinction

By Mick McCarthy & Hugh Possingham (This article was first published in the November 2012 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group, and is a modified version of a discussion that appeared recently on the website The Conversation) At … Continue reading

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Measuring the effects of conservation management. What would have happened if it hadn’t happened?

By Mick McCarthy (This article was first published in the October 2012 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) Billions of dollars have been spent over the last couple of decades on programs to improve … Continue reading

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Testing the waters: from global CBD targets to indicators to achievements

By Emily Nicholson (This article was first published in the October 2012 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) Biodiversity around the world has undergone dramatic declines over the last century. In response to this, … Continue reading

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Happy birthday!

Jane Catford pointed out to us that qaeco.com is one year old as of a couple of days ago. Ahh… don’t they grow up so fast! Massive thanks are owed to Will Morris, John Baumgartner and James Camac for all … Continue reading

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