Tag Archives: The University of Melbourne

When does research help environmental management?

Think of the case where a manager needs to decide which action to take to stop a species  declining, or to eradicate a pest, or to increase sustainable harvest levels. It is rare in environmental management to know, with certainty, … Continue reading

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Simple Adaptive Management

This post gives some details of my speed talk at the SCB Oceania conference, which is in room P9 on Thursday 7 July at 11:50 as part of a session on conservation planning and adaptive management. We have submitted this … Continue reading

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CSI: Ecology. Efficiency of eDNA sampling

Detecting a species from the DNA it left behind seems so much like CSI: Ecology. DNA deposited in the environment (eDNA for the cool kids), which can then be collected and identified, is increasingly advocated for ecological studies (Ficetola et … Continue reading

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Biodiversity management and unplanned fires

Edit: Missed my seminar? You can listen to a recording with a copy of the slides: http://unimelb.adobeconnect.com/p913xeq1mjx/ I’m doing a seminar today at Creswick on fire and biodiversity (9:30 a.m., Melbourne time). My talk will discuss unplanned fires, how their … Continue reading

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Triage does not mean abandoning the most threatened species

Species triage has been in the news lately. The reports might create the impression that we should give up trying to save the most threatened species. Let me be clear: The science underpinning species triage does not say saving the … Continue reading

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Joint Species Distribution Models

Update: The paper is now available (free) from Methods in Ecology and Evolution. Update 2: In the tutorial on how to use this method, we refer to the file “fit.JSDM.r”. This is the R script on the journal website named, … Continue reading

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Anniversary Lecture at the Mathematical Association of Victoria Annual Conference

I’m honoured to be presenting the Anniversary Lecture at the opening of the Mathematical Association of Victoria Annual Conference tomorrow at La Trobe University. I will aim to show how relatively simple mathematics can be used to help understand and … Continue reading

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