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.…

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…

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…

Complex… not complicated!

Liz Law reports on a recent early career researcher “Networks and Agents” workshop run by the CSIRO Centre for Complex Systems Science What is complex systems science (CSS)? In a nutshell, it is the study of systems that are considered fundamentally complex: those in which there are many parts involved, and often relationships between parts are just…