Oscar is interested in conservation decision making, trading-off multiple conservation objectives, the conservation potential of ecosystem services, threats to endangered species and conservation effectiveness. He was working at the local and global scales to determine how initiatives to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation can be used to protect forest biodiversity.
After completion of PhD studies, Oscar became a Postdoctoral Fellow at Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science, James Cook University.
PhD Candidate, University of Queensland, 2007-2011
Venter, O. and L. P. Koh. In Press. Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+): game changer or just another quick fix?Proceedings of the New York Academy of Sciences.
Venter, O., W. F. Laurance, T. Iwamura, K. A. Wilson, R. Fuller, and H. P. Possingham. 2009. Harnessing carbon payments to protect biodiversity.Science 326:1368.
Venter, O., E. Meijaard, H. Possingham, R. Dennis, D. Sheil, S. Wich, L. Hovani, and K. Wilson. 2009. Carbon payments as a safeguard for threatened tropical mammals. Conservation Letters 2:123-129.
Venter, O., J. W. A. Grant, M. V. Noel, and J. W. Kim. 2008. Mechanisms underlying the increase in young-of-the-year Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) density with habitat complexity. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 65:1956-1964.
Venter, O., N. N. Brodeur, L. Nemiroff, B. Belland, I. J. Dolinsek, and J. W. A. Grant. 2006. Threats to endangered species in Canada. Bioscience 56:903-910.