Category Archives: Papers

Qaeco’s favourite papers of 2017

We asked our lab members to nominate a paper published in 2017 that they had enjoyed. Recommendations ranged from the skill-based (scientific writing, reproducible coding, camera-trapping) to global reviews (plant traits, climate change, size-based models) and some great case studies … Continue reading

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Qaeco’s favourite papers of 2016

A little late off the mark this time around, we asked people in the lab to nominate a paper they had enjoyed in 2016. This year, we based one of our fortnightly reading groups on this topic and everyone gave … Continue reading

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QAEco’s favourite papers of 2015

compiled by Natalie Briscoe For our final post of the year, we asked everyone at QAEco to name their favourite ecology, conservation and decision science papers of 2015. The list shows our diverse interests including modelling methods (metapopulation, mechanistic, and … Continue reading

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Does More Data Mean Better Decisions?

We love more research and more data—but will they always mean better decisions? Interrogating this trade-off is at the heart of what much of Qaeco does. Over on the Methods Blog, recent PhD graduate Stefano Canessa discusses in detail The Value … Continue reading

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Changing patterns in plant invastions—Qaecologists unlock the power of the 21st century herbarium

Herbaria are more relevant than ever. Led by Aaron Dodd, Qaecologists and friends used 3 million specimen in the ‘virtual’ herbarium at the Atlas of Living Australia to study a 4 billion dollar national problem: invasive plants. You won’t believe what they … Continue reading

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A carbon code of conduct is not enough

By Hannah Pearson, Chris Baker, Natalie Briscoe, Laura Pollock and Luke Kelly. Despite our best efforts, scientists haven’t succeeded in persuading the world’s governments that reducing carbon emissions is vital for maintaining a liveable climate on earth. This might be because … Continue reading

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New paper in Nature: Eutrophication weakens stabilising effects of diversity in natural grasslands

Plant diversity, eutrophication and the stability of natural grasslands is the topic of a paper by Yann Hautier and the Nutrient Network published online this week in Nature. Check out a blog about the paper by Jos Moore (QAECO associate and NutNet member).

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QAECO’s favourite ecology and conservation papers of 2013

We asked everyone to nominate their favourite paper of 2013, and here’s what they said. What we’ve learnt from this exercise is that as a group we have diverse interests, but particularly enjoy papers published in Methods in Ecology and … 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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Bogged down in the willows: making robust conservation decisions in the face of uncertainty

By Joslin Moore (This article was first published in the March 2013 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) How much should we invest in learning as opposed to doing when it comes to conservation management? Keep in … Continue reading

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