New publication: Metaresearch for Evaluating Reproducibility in Ecology and Evolution
Over the last few years we have learned a lot about the reliability of scientific evidence in a range of fields through large scale ‘meta-research’ projects. Such projects take a scientific approach to studying science itself, and can help shed light on whether science is progressing in the cumulative fashion we might hope for. One […]
Framing Conservation Messages
By Alex Kusmanoff Myself and a number of esteemed colleagues have recently published a paper, Framing the Private Land Conservation Conversation: Strategic framing of the benefits of conservation participation could increase landholder engagement in Environmental Science and Policy. In it we look at how the benefits of private land conservation are currently being framed.It can […]
How permanent are conservation covenants?
Conserving the important biodiversity that exists on private land is a growing part of international conservation efforts. In many countries, including Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States, conservation policies often support the implementation of conservation covenants and easements. These are legally binding agreements with private landholders and are registered on […]
The Little Things that Run the City
How many insect species live in your city? How are they distributed amongst the city’s green spaces? What are the ecological processes they perform and ecosystem services they deliver? What are their most frequent ecological interactions? The Little Things that Run the City is a project that aims to address these and other questions within […]
Nature comment on biodiversity offsetting
Some colleagues and I have a Comment piece that has come out today in Nature. The article outlines the risks associated with using offsets to achieve pre-existing commitments, such as those to which nations have committed under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the World Heritage Convention. We recommend that while it is often appropriate for […]
The conservation value of urban green space habitats for Australian native bee communities
Beyond advocacy: Making space for conservation scientists in public debate
A new article from Georgia Garrard et al. ‘Beyond advocacy: Making space for conservation scientists in public debate‘
Could perverse incentives undermine biodiversity offset policies?
We’ve just had a published in Journal of Applied Ecology that examines potential perverse incentives resulting from biodiversity offsetting. We outline some of the ways in which even best-practice offsetting could end up being bad for biodiversity, and discuss how to reduce the risks of perverse outcomes. The paper is available here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2664.12398/abstract