I am part of an IUCN led collaboration exploring what enables successful outcomes in protected areas: when do they work and why, in the pursuit of a better understanding of how we can reach conservation goals (check out the cartoon made for the Stream at World Parks Congress HERE).
One of the key components of my doctoral research was the development and analysis of a global analysis of the key correlates of species population trends in protected areas in collaboration with the IUCN SSC/WCPA joint taskforce on Biodiversity and Protected Areas and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). In my role with the taskforce i have led this project, which is the key component of the protected areas stream of the taskforce. I have also contributed substantively to the other ongoing aims of the taskforce, and am now a core member of a team undertaking a global marine evaluation (See Solving the Mystery of MPAs).
Our work continues as we now tie the place-based protected areas work into the species-based work of the SSC stream of the taskforce, led by Penny Langhammer and Thomas Brooks in the lead up to World Conservation Congress in 2016.