Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Review

Recently we reviewed the draft conceptual framework to guide the delivery of IPBES. The IPBES is the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (http://www.ipbes.net/). We recognise the challenges associated with developing this framework: while biodiversity and ecosystem services are all encompassing, they are poorly defined in theme, space, and time, and are inherently linked…

Ecosystem Services Meets Systematic Conservation Planning

by Liz Law This week saw the inaugural joint meeting of the Ecosystem Services Discussion Group and the Marxan Party to discuss software and tools for planning and prioritization of Ecosystem Services. The Ecosystem Services framework has developed in recent years, encapsulating land stewardship to foster the many benefits that we derive from our ecosystems.…

Conserving Country: Reflections on the SCB-Oceania Conference

by Nancy Auerbach Tal Polak and I (Nancy Auerbach) recently represented the Environmental Decisions Group (EDG) and the Wilson lab at the recent Society for Conservation Biology’s Oceania section regional conference, held in Darwin, NT between Friday 21 and Sunday 23 September 2012.  The conference theme was on ‘People and Conservation in Land and Sea…

Getting Started in R

By Liz Law So you want to learn R, but just don’t know where to start… Help! The R website is your friend: http://cran.r-project.org/ The index on the left has several points of interest: Manuals & Contributed – these pages have many “introduction to R” and quick reference things in English and Belorussian (among other…

Mapping Ecosystem Services (ES) at Multiple Scales

By Maria Martinez Harms This week we are happy to welcome a new PhD student, Maria Jose Martinez Harms, in to the Lab. Maria Jose is from Santiago, Chile, and she is interested in the implementation of ecosystem service (ES) theory in to conservation practice. Specifically through the development of methodological tools to support decision…

Depression and delusion in conservation

By  Luke P. Shoo Conservation biology is generally regarded as a crisis discipline (Soulé 1985). However, consensus on the nature of the discipline does not extend to how the science should be communicated in order to further the primary goal of conserving biodiversity.  Garnett and Lindenmayer (2011) contend that relentless communication of an impending mass…

Tips and tricks for ArcGIS, Excel and R

Liz Law reports on the Wilson Conservation Ecology Lab meeting for Aug 5th 2011 How many times have we spend a good few hours (even days) trying to do something in ArcGIS/Excel only to find out, after we finished, that we could have done it in a fraction of time another way? For me, this has occurred quite…