Mascia, M.B., Fox, H.E., Glew, L., Ahmadia, G.N., Agrawal, A., Barnes, M. D., Basurto, X., Gill, D., Holst, S., Jensen, O.P., Lester, S.E., McConney, P., Mumby, P.J., Nenadovic, M., Craigie, I., Darling, E., Geldmann, J., Parks, J.E., Pomeroy, R.S. & White, A.T. 2017 (In Press) A Novel Framework for Analyzing Conservation Impacts: Evaluation, Theory, and Marine Protected Areas. New York Annals of the Society.

Helen E. Fox* and Megan D. Barnes*, Gabby N. Ahmadia, Grace Kao, Louise Glew, Kelly Haisfield, Nur Ismu Hidayat, Christine L. Huffard, Laure Katz, Sangeeta Mangubhai, Purwanto. 2017. Generating actionable data for evidence-based conservation: The global center of marine biodiversity as a case study. Biological Conservation.Volume 210, Part A, June 2017, Pages 299–309.  (*equal contribution)

Gill, D.A., Mascia, M.B., Ahmadia, G., Glew, L., Lester, S.E., Barnes, M. D., Craigie, I., Darling, E., Free, C., Geldmann, J., Holst, S., Jensen, O., White, A., Basurto, X., Coad, L., Gates, R.D., Guannel, G., Mumby, P., Thomas, H., Whitmee, S., Woodley, S. & Fox, H.E. 2017. Global capacity gaps hinder the conservation performance of marine protected areas Nature

Barnes, M., Craigie, I. D., Harrison, L., Geldmann, J., Collen.B., Whitmee, S., Burgess, N. Brooks, T., Hockings, M., Woodley, S. 2016. Wildlife population trends in protected areas predicted by national socio-economic metrics and body size.  12747 (2016) Nature Communications.DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12747

Barnes, M.D., Craigie, I. D., Dudley, N., Hockings, M.  What drives local scale outcomes in terrestrial protected areas? (2016) New York Annals of the Society: The Year in Ecology and Conservation, 1–19 C_ 2016 New York Academy of Sciences. Early View Online: DOI: 10.1111/nyas.13154 

Chauvenet, A. L. M., and Barnes, M. D. 2016. Expanding protected areas is not enough. Science 353:551-552.

Barnes, M. Glew, L. Craigie, I. and Wyborn, C. (2015) Protect biodiversity, not just area. Nature 526, 195

Tulloch, A. I. T., Barnes, M. D., Ringma, J., Fuller, R. A. & Watson, J. E. M. (2015) Understanding the importance of small patches of habitat for conservation. Journal of Applied Ecology

Barnes, M., I. D. Craigie, and M. Hockings. 2016. Towards Understanding Drivers of Wildlife Population Trends in Terrestrial Protected Areas. Pages 134-149  Protected Areas. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. ISBN: 9781118338162

Watson, J. E. M., E. S. Darling, O. Venter, M. Maron, J. Walston, H. P. Possingham, N. Dudley, M. Hockings, M. D. Barnes and T. M. Brooks (2015) Bolder science needed now for protected areas. Conservation Biology. Early View Online. 

Craigie, I.D., Barnes, M.D., Geldmann, J., Woodley. S. International funding agencies – potential leaders of impact evaluation in protected areas? (2015) Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 370 Invited paper: Special Issue on Impact Evaluation 

Geldmann, J., L. Coad, M. Barnes, I. D. Craigie, M. Hockings, K. Knights, F. Leverington, I. C. Cuadros, C. Zamora, S. Woodley and N. D. Burgess (2015). “Changes in protected area management effectiveness over time: A global analysis.” Biological Conservation 191: 692-699.

Brown, C. J., M. Bode, O. Venter, M. D. Barnes, J. McGowan, C. A. Runge, J. E. M. Watson and H. P. Possingham (2015). “Effective conservation requires clear objectives and prioritizing actions, not places or species.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(32): E4342.

Tulloch, V.J.D., Tulloch, A.I.T., Visconti, P., Halpern, B.S., Watson, J.E.M., Evans, M.C., Auerbach, N.A., Barnes, M., Beger, M., Chadès, I., Giakoumi, S., McDonald-Madden, E., Murray, N.J., Ringma, J. & Possingham, H.P. (2015) Why do we map threats? Linking threat mapping with actions to make better conservation decisions. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 13, 91-99.

Barnes, M., Szabo, J.K., Morris, W.K. & Possingham, H. (2015) Evaluating protected area effectiveness using bird lists in the Australian Wet Tropics. Diversity and Distributions, 21, 368-378.

Craigie, I., Grech, A., Pressey, R., Adams, V., Hockings, M., Taylor, M., Barnes, M. (2014). Terrestrial protected areas of Australia. In: A. Stow, N. Maclean, and G. I. Holwell. Austral Arks. Cambridge, UK., Cambridge University Press.

Geldmann, J., Barnes, M., Coad, L., Craigie, I., Hockings, M. and Burgess, N. (2013). Effectiveness of terrestrial protected areas in reducing habitat loss and population declines. Biological Conservation 161, 230-238.

Geldmann, J., Barnes, M., Coad, L., Craigie, I., Hockings, M. and Burgess, N. (2013). Effectiveness of terrestrial protected areas in reducing biodiversity and habitat loss. Collaboration for Environmental Evidence: 1-61.

Craigie ID, Pressey RL, Barnes M. Remote regions – The last places where conservation efforts should be intensified. A reply to McCauley et al. (2013)

In Revision

Joyce, M, Barnes, M. D., Possingham,H.P. van Rensburg, B.J. Understanding the drivers of functional trait loss in anthropogenic environments using citizen science data. (In Review)

Prowse, T., Collard, S., Blackwood, A.,  O’Connor, P., Delean, S., Barnes, M.D., Cassey, P., Possingham, H., Prescribed burning urbanises bird assemblages in a temperate woodland ecosystem. (In review)

Barnes, M.D., Woodley, S., Hockings, M. Money matters: Key correlates of biodiversity outcomes in Canadian protected areas. (In review, PNAS)

In Prep

Barnes, M.D.*, Ringma.J.* Addressing challenges to data collection and collation in reptile taxa. In preparation (*equal contribution)

Barnes, M.D.,Craigie. I.D., Shumway, N. Costing Target 11: How much will a representative marine protected area network cost to establish and manage? (in prep)

Barnes, M.D., Szabo, J.K., Possingham, H. Making good use of BAD (best available data): using unstructured data to estimate population trends (in prep)

Barnes, M.D., Tulloch, A., Beher, J., Possingham, H.P.P., McDonald-Madden, E.  Towards a system of national environmental accounts: Prioritising monitoring to maximise information gain (in prep)

Geldmann, J., Barnes, M.D., et al Key management correlates of conservation outcomes in protected areas: a global evaluation (In prep) 

Barnes, M.D., LeViol, C.,Falinski, K.,Htun, H.,Whittier, R.Callendar,  T., Haynes, M., Lecky, J., Oleson, K. L. L. Prioritising mitigation of Nutrient Pollution In a US Coral Reef Taskforce priority Watershed using decision science. (In prep)

Barnes, M.D., Chauvenet A. L., Kuempel, K., Mcdonald, J., Possingham, H.P.P. Metrics that motivate action.

Baxter P., Barnes, M.D., Szabo, J.K.,Vesk, P. & Possingham, H. Virtually perfect: Detecting changes in abundance in virtual bird populations using List Length Analysis. (In prep)


Sauuter, E. Barnes, M., Collard, S., Possingham, H.P.P. 2014 Mount Lofty Ranges Woodland Bird Monitoring Report. Nature Conservation Society of South Australia

Technical Reports

Evaluating Land Based Sources of  Pollution in West Maui. Technical report to the US Army Corps of Engineers in support of the West Maui Watershed Assessment (2016)  Barnes, M.D., Oleson, K.L.L., Htun, H., Falinski, K.

An assessment of site-specific rates of forest change in protected areas supported by the Global Environment Fund (2015) Ian D. Craigie*, Megan Barnes*, Carla Archibald, Jonas Geldmann, Anupam Anand, Stephen Woodley (*equal contribution)

Trends in Species Populations in GEF Supported Protected Areas (2015) Megan Barnes, Stephen Woodley, Ian D. Craigie, Jonas Geldmann, Carla Archibald, Luke Harrison, Sarah Whitmee

Analysis of the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) in protected areas supported by the GEF (2015) Jonas Geldmann, Megan Barnes, Ian D. Craigie, Lauren Coad and Stephen Woodley


Barnes M, Morris W, Venables WN (2012) Liszt Package. 

Hansen, J.O., Watts, M.E., Barnes, M., Ringma, J., Beher, J. Mapotron.


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