Two Post-doctoral positions available

Highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellows are invited to apply for a position within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions. There are two positions available. The successful applicants will work on projects in the areas of: multispecies management, restoration ecology, ecosystem services, species and conservation action prioritisation, adaptive management and monitoring, decision-making in socio-ecological systems or other emerging priority areas of research. All projects will involve close liaison with CEED researchers at other nodes of the Centre.

The position description can be found here

ARC CEED (Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions)

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) aims to be the world’s leading research centre for solving environmental management problems and for evaluating the outcomes of environmental actions.

The research conducted by CEED will benefit environmental science, policy and management across Australia and around the world. Individually our key researchers are recognised as global leaders in fundamental environmental science – CEED draws together this expertise to produce a centre of international scale and calibre that will tackle the complex problem of environmental management and monitoring in a rapidly changing and uncertain world.



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.


Severe impacts on biodiversity are predicted to arise from climate change. These impacts may not be adequately addressed by conventional approaches to conservation. As a result, additional management actions are now being considered. However, there is currently limited guidance to help decision makers choose which set of actions (and in what order) is most appropriate for species that are considered to be vulnerable. Here, we provide a decision framework for the full complement of actions aimed at conserving species under climate change from ongoing conservation in existing refugia through various forms of mobility enhancement to ex situ conservation outside the natural environment. We explicitly recognize that allocation of conservation resources toward particular actions may be governed by factors such as the likelihood of success, cost and likely co-benefits to non-target species in addition to perceived vulnerability of individual species. As such, we use expert judgment of probable tradeoffs in resource allocation to inform the sequential evaluation of proposed management interventions.

Monitoring for a purpose at the Ecological Society of Australia meeting

The Ecological Society of Australia annual meeting is being held from 5-10 December this year, and marks the 50th anniversary of establishment of the ESA. Submissions for abstracts are closing this Friday 30 July, so you need get in quick if you plan on presenting. Update: abstract submissions have been extended to 13 August 2010.

Kerrie and Ayesha are convening a symposium as part of this year’s conference as part of their work on optimal monitoring and evaluation:

Monitoring for a purpose: optimal monitoring and management of cryptic or declining populations.

How should monitoring programs differ depending on their objective? How can resources best be applied to monitoring and measuring the success (or failure) of management? In the face of uncertainty, what should managers monitor, and where and when should this monitoring occur? Continue reading Monitoring for a purpose at the Ecological Society of Australia meeting