Successful decision-making needs to predict the future. How can we do this best? In most cases, this is not easy: in biodiversity conservation, predicting future outcomes is complicated by complex ecological, economic, and social contexts. But these challenges do not negate the need for us to make these predictions when deciding what conservation interventions to … More Using the past to predict the future
I’ve just had a co-author paper published, not just in Science, but also featured on the cover! No, not the “Mystery of the Macho Crocs” paper (that sounds fun!) – the one on climatic control of leaf size across the globe. Working in the field of conservation I often think that the work we do (as … More A paper in Science – and how does that happen?
Three months goes really fast when you’re having fun! It’s been amazing, and I’m extremely grateful for being chosen as one of the 25 GreenTalents for 2016. This is a fantastic program, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, is aimed at introducing early career researchers in from around the … More GreenTalents!
In my previous blog, I discussed three methods of dealing with big problems: sampling, aggregation, and supercomputing. In this blog, I’ll expand on sampling, and how it can (and should) be used to test the robustness of analyses. Basic sampling takes a subset of the data (which may or may not be a subset of the … More Resampling for robustness
In our landscape-scale research we commonly work with raster data. These often come in the form of 25x25m grid cells. Now that’s a lot of data! A problem arises when we try to analyse such data – it becomes too big of a problem for our little (or even not so little) computers to handle. … More Making big problems manageable – data
How do you develop big ideas on the frontiers of science? Last September I was lucky enough to be selected as an Australian Academy of Science delegate to the US-Indonesian Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium in Malang, Java. As with all the Australian delegates, I was selected based on my demonstrable links with research in Indonesia (for … More Big Thinking: Kavli Frontiers of Science
I was recently invited to write a perspective article on Bare et al (2015 Environ. Res. Lett. 10125010), who ask, is international conservation aid enough to compete with the economic and governance forces encouraging deforestation across Africa? It’s a really important question, and one I think needs to be asked more. My Perspective is available as … More Is international conservation aid enough?
We’ve got a new paper out! I’m really proud of this one. It’s the thesis of my PhD thesis. Hope you enjoy and find it useful! Land-use planning in complex landscapes is challenging. Often there are multiple stakeholders competing for the same areas of land. How can we make sure all stakeholder groups are happy? … More Land-use planning in complex landscapes: the benefits of Marxan with Zones and production possibility frontiers
Everything about conferences can be exciting and overwhelming. But with a little planning, forethought, and tricks up your sleeve, they can run a little smoother, be more enjoyable, and more productive. Below are my initial thoughts on conferences, which I’ll add to over the coming weeks (as I head to two conferences, one international event with … More Conference, not chaos
If you haven’t heard about gender discrepancies and gender bias in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines, you’ve been living under a rock. However, recent research suggests this arena is evolving: in recent years biases may be reducing or reversing, and they are not universal. A nice overview of the issue and its complexities, … More You look great in blue!