Valerie Hagger awarded the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment

Valerie was recently awarded the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment from the Ecological Society of Australia to investigate carbon storage and biodiversity potential of environmental planting sites across Australia. The grant will be used to elicit information on the fauna habitat values of planted species for woodland dependent birds to estimate biodiversity potential. Existing estimates of…

Angela Guerrero’s work profiled by the government-funded Threatened Species Recovery Hub

Angela Guerrero’s research focuses on the people side of conservation: how governance systems and the decision-making processes can be designed to enable effective management. Last year Angela worked with the National Environmental Science Programme’s Threatened Species Recovery Hub (TSR) to examine recovery efforts across Australia in an effort to identify the barriers and enablers of successful recovery efforts.…

Ethics of Conservation Triage

Conservation triage is hard. The fact conservation decisions are made everyday doesn’t make it easier to face decisions to potentially sacrifice hope for highly threatened species in order to better protect the ‘greater good’. In our new paper, “Ethics of conservation triage”, we argue that triage should be hard: conservation triage is far from ‘just’…

Expand, not just extend, forestry moratorium

Opinion piece by Sugeng Budiharta – Monday May 25, 2015, the Jakarta Post President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has assured he will extend the country’s forestry moratorium as proof of his commitment to protect nature. This implies that there will be no new permits to convert primary forests and peatlands within the moratorium areas for the…

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…

New paper: Restoring degraded tropical forests for carbon and biodiversity

by Sugeng Budiharta, Erik Meijaard, Peter D Erskine, Carlo Rondinini, Michela Pacifici and Kerrie A Wilson View PDF – Read more about the Borneo Project and Restoration Prioritisation research Read article in the Jakarta Globe Abstract The extensive deforestation and degradation of tropical forests is a significant contributor to the loss of biodiversity and to global warming. Restoration…

Ecosystem services from a degraded peatland of Central Kalimantan: implications for policy, planning, and management

Citation E.A. Law, B.A. Bryan, E. Meijaard, T. Mallawaarachchi, M.J. Struebig, and K.A. Wilson In press. Ecosystem services from a degraded peatland of Central Kalimantan: implications for policy, planning, and management. Ecological Applications. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/13-2014.1 Abstract Increasingly, landscapes are managed for multiple objectives to balance social, economic, and environmental goals. The Ex-Mega Rice Project (EMRP) peatland…

Latest research findings…ecosystem services

New publications from the Wilson lab: E.A. Law, B.A. Bryan, E. Meijaard, T. Mallawaarachchi, M.J. Struebig, and K.A. Wilson In press. Ecosystem services from a degraded peatland of Central Kalimantan: implications for policy, planning, and management. Ecological Applications. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/13-2014.1 E.A. Law, B.A. Bryan, N. Torabi, S.A. Bekessy, C.A. McAlpine, and K.A. Wilson. In Press. Measurement…

Making decisions to conserve species under climate change

Shoo, L.P., Hoffmann, A.A., Garnett, S., Pressey, R.L., Williams, Y.M., Taylor, M., Falconi, L., Yates, C.J., Scott, J.K., Alagador, D., Williams, S.E. (2013), Making decisions to conserve species under climate change. Climatic Change. February 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-013-0699-2 Abstract Severe impacts on biodiversity are predicted to arise from climate change. These impacts may not be adequately addressed…