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Life in corrupt science: when metrics become targets

‘Publish or perish’. The overused phrase describing career aspects in today’s academia. Whereas day-to-day work is rarely quite as grim, we all learn early on that our performance as scientists is very much measured by the number of publications, citations, … 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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Halting the spread of cane toads

By Reid Tingley & Darren Southwell Cane toads are one of the worst invasive species in Australia. Introduced to Queensland in 1935 as a biological control agent, the toads have spread at a formidable pace across northern Australia, and have had … Continue reading

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Choose your cake and eat it too: A very QAECO morning tea

By Natasha Cadenhead How do academics forage at morning tea? Do sweets go extinct faster than savouries? Which cake should you eat? How much should you eat? How close should you be to the coffee? The exit? Yesterday we hosted … Continue reading

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Adaptive management of kangaroos in Wyperfeld National Park

By Chris Jones, José Lahoz-Monfort, and Cindy Hauser There are many members of QAECO who work on projects incorporating adaptive management. This post describes an example of one such project lead by Cindy and José along with Yung En Chee, Brendan … Continue reading

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QAECO’s tips for running a successful workshop

Our group runs a lot of workshops in many forms: structured decision making processes; expert elicitation; targeted analyses with many participants; brainstorming of broad issues; and everything in between. Collectively we’ve learnt a few dos and don’ts. In a previous post … Continue reading

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What could be wrong with transparent conservation decision-making?

By Michael Bode (This article first appeared in the Spring 2013 newsletter of the Resource Modelling Association. The newsletter and society journal – Natural Resource Modelling – contain some great articles on modelling that contains both biological and economic processes). There is a … Continue reading

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QAECOlogist Talks at #ESAus2012

We’re looking forward to ecologists descending on Melbourne for the 2012 meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia. QAECO is sponsoring a student mixer on the Wednesday evening (I think it’s full in case you were hoping to get ticket), … Continue reading

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Role of protected areas in species’ range expansions

In this week’s QAECO Reading Group we talked about whether and how protected areas (PAs) may facilitate species’ range expansions – a topic that is becoming increasingly important as the global climate changes. In their recent PNAS paper, Thomas et … Continue reading

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Whereto for early to mid-career researchers: A Qaecologist reports from Canberra

Pia Lentini, a post-doc in the QAECO lab, attended the Early-Mid Career Researchers Forum, Science pathways: getting science on the national agenda held this week in Canberra. She reports on her experience in a triology of blog posts titled Young Australian Scientist … Continue reading

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