Social Media for fisheries and beyond #SocialFish

Some folks at the American Fisheries Society symposium hosted a pretty great seminar today on Social Media in fisheries science. Following from distant Hawaii, and intrigued by the combination of the ocean, fish and social media – all things I am into, I tuned in, and found it so inspirational I wrote a storify The…

Advancing Reptile Conservation

Reptiles are on track to being recognised as the most diverse group of terrestrial vertebrates (10,270 as of August 2015), yet unlike the relatively well-known bird and mammal faunas, our grasp on their conservation status and key threatening processes is rudimentary. This is exemplified by that fact that the first ‘comprehensive’ global analysis of the…

Reflections on #ICRS2016

A whole week of the best minds in coral reef science and conservation comes to a close today. As a quantitative conservation and decision scientist, I focused on the policy, management and decision science parts of the action packed program. Three themes emerged: 1. We still don’t have a good handle pm whether most interventions…

Australian ecosystems suffering death by 1000 cuts

We recently spent a weekend out bush on a cattle property north of Dalby. While setting up camp next to a farm dam, a bird call I couldn’t quite place my finger on was coming from a nearby stand of vegetation. Upon investigation, to our surprise, not one, but four painted honeyeaters had established breeding territories in…

Protect biodiversity, not just area: SMARTER protected area commitments needed to halt biodiversity decline

Global biodiversity conservation goals shape the behaviour of individuals, governments and NGOs.The Aichi Targets are a set of goals, under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which is dedicated to halting biodiversity decline worldwide. These targets shape global conservation policy and practice. The Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Target 11 mandates that 17% of terrestrial…

Outback Surveys 2015 – The Strezlecki Track

I was lucky enough to be able to participate in an awesome long term monitoring program co-ordinated my the Fuller Lab earlier this year. From July 1st to 20th we surveyed along the Birdsville Developmental Road, Cordillo Downs Road and Strezlecki track as part of a long-term survey of Nomadic and Outback Australian birds. It was a…

Public Communications and Popular Press

Barnes, M., Szabo, J.K., Morris, W.K., Possingham, H.P. 2014. “Citizen science and the value of protected areas.” Decision Point 83 (6-7) *NERP research highlight and featured as a cover story Barnes, M., Szabo, J.K., Morris, W.K., Possingham, H.P. 2014. “A bird in the hand is worth worth two in the bush” Decision Point 83 (6-7) *Special issue on…

Reflections on ICCB

The premiére conservation congress of the year, ICCB, was held in the beautiful Montpellier, France this year, and I attended for my 4th congress, and first as a postdoctoral fellow to present my work on cost-effective monitoring. It was as usual a crazy week, and I very much appreciated the opportunity to catch up with…

How to identify conservation priorities – let’s move beyond richness maps

‘Priority maps’ are popular products of conservation research, much like threat maps (See our related paper on when and how threat maps should be used HERE). They are produced using a variety of methods, one  of which is to use species richness to make ‘hotspot maps’ – variously using total species richness, richness of rare or…

PhD Research Opportunity!

Litoria tyleri PhD Opportunity: Evaluating management impacts on terrestrial fauna through acoustic monitoring We seek an excellent PhD candidate to start work as soon as possible on acoustic monitoring of data deficient and threatened terrestrial species in Queensland. The focus will be on vocal species such as frogs and birds. The PhD will involve a mixture…