Rebecca Runting

Rebecca has a diverse range of interests including: food security, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), peak oil, spatialising ecosystem services, and climate change adaptation. As an undergraduate she studied a Bachelors program in Environmental Management (Sustainable Development) at the University of Queensland, and was awarded First Class Honours and a University Medal (top 1%) in November…

Borneo

Borneo’s tropical ecosystems range from montane rainforests to lowland forests, peat swamps, mangroves and coral reefs. Despite being globally recognised for their high biodiversity, and as a source of livelihood for millions of people, the forests and peatlands of Borneo are threatened by intensive logging, oil palm and timber plantations, mining, agricultural development, and forest…

Publications

# denotes paper led by an honours or master’s level student, * denotes paper led by a PhD student and ^ denotes a paper led by a post-doctoral fellow with the Wilson lab. Books Moilanen, A., K. A. Wilson, and H. P. Possingham. 2009. Spatial conservation prioritisation: quantitative methods and computational tools. Oxford University Press,…

Dr Luke Shoo

Luke Shoo works on the ecology and conservation of forest ecosystems.  Luke has a strong interest in tropical conservation issues and actions to reduce deforestation and restore degraded environments. Luke is a Research Fellow on a collaborative Australian Research Council Linkage project with City of Gold Coast that aims to develop new methods to help…

Restoration Prioritisation

Conservation has many facets, ranging from biodiversity protection to management of invasive species to restoration of degraded lands. In many cases, protection alone may not be sufficient and restoration is urgently needed to reverse human damage and prevent ongoing attrition of species from isolated forest fragments and reinstate ecosystem services. Increasing ambitious initiatives have been…

Dr Elizabeth Law

 Elizabeth‘s research interests centre on biodiversity conservation and environmental management. Conservation and economic paradigms are shifting in recognition of the interdependencies among environmental, economic, and social systems. This shift is changing philosophies on why, where, and how we conserve nature. Her research evaluates these evolving incentives for conservation, and develops tools for effective conservation and…

Conservation and development in production landscapes

Strategies to enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services in production landscapes Protected areas may be the cornerstone of biodiversity conservation strategies, but they are not adequate nor sufficient to protect a full range of biodiversity across the wider landscape. They also do not supply all the values we can derive from healthy, functioning ecosystems where and…

Collaboration “can save forests and $billions”

 By coordinating conservation and development efforts as well as reforming land-use, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei could retain up to half of the land of Borneo as forests, protect elephant and orangutan habitats, reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 50 per cent, and possibly significantly reduce the opportunity costs by billions of dollars. The study, published in…

Borneo

Borneo’s tropical ecosystems range from montane rainforests to lowland forests, peat swamps, mangroves and coral reefs. Despite being globally recognised for their high biodiversity, and as a source of livelihood for millions of people, the forests and peatlands of Borneo are threatened by intensive logging, oil palm and timber plantations, mining, agricultural development, and forest…

Chile

Biodiversity and ecosystem services are declining at unprecedented rates because of human activities. Activities to address this decline must be targeted through the adoption and implementation of effective local, national and international policies. To this end, science needs to provide credible information about spatial and temporal changes in ecosystem services provision and repercussions for human…