Big Ideas: What should development in Northern Australia look like?

What should development in Northern Australia look like? The new 'food bowl'? Turning the rivers inland? There are grand dreams about developing the 'north'. But what is the real untapped potential of Northern Australia? Earlier this year, at the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Congress we hosted an expert panel to discuss these issues. The event was … Continue reading Big Ideas: What should development in Northern Australia look like?

Brisbane Chapter Film Night

Movie Flyer A5The Society of Conservation Biology UQ/Brisbane Chapter is hosting a fundraising film night on Wednesday 14 September 6 pm at the Schonell Theatre, St Lucia, UQ Campus, Brisbane. The evening includes a showcase of conservation short films made by undergraduate biology students (and future conservation scientists!) followed by the feature highlight — the hilarious tale of one of Australia’s most notorious environmental blunders, Cane Toads The Conquest (a film by Mark Lewis). Click through for ticket information.

Diversity in SCB Oceania

Picture1Just prior to the SCBO 2016 Brisbane conference, we released a Draft Diversity Statement and invited members to provide feedback on how SCB Oceania can uphold its commitment to diversity. During the conference we asked attendees to tweet using the #SCBODiversity hashtag and discussed the draft statement during a group session. Finally, we asked for feedback in the post-conference survey, so in total we received some fantastic input.

Scientists’ Declaration on Accelerating forest, woodland and grassland destruction in Australia released at SCBO 2016

Screen Shot 2016-07-10 at 17.25.50On Friday, scientists from across the world, in conjunction with scientific societies and the delegates of the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Conference, called upon Australian governments and parliaments, especially those of Queensland and New South Wales, to take action. We called for the prevention of a return to the damaging past of high rates of woodland and forest destruction, in order to protect the unique biodiversity and marine environments of which Australia is sole custodian.

Draft Diversity Statement

We seek your input into how SCB Oceania can uphold its commitment to diversity:

  • How do you define diversity in SCB Oceania?
  • What could SCB Oceania do to support a diverse, inclusive, and equitable membership and leadership?
  • What are some of your reasons for wanting to see diversity, inclusion, and equity in SCB Oceania?
Click through to find out how to have your input into drafting our SCB Oceania Diversity Statement.

Welcome our new SCB Oceania board members!

Congratulations to our two newly elected SCB Oceania board members - Danielle Shanahan and Tim Doherty! Thanks to everyone who put their names forward for election, and to everyone who voted. We're looking forward to meeting many of you at SCBO 2016. Please make a note to come along to our AGM, where we'll be brainstorming new ways to engage with all our members on SCBO activities and initiatives in the next year. Read more about Danielle and Tim below...

Public Forum: Northern Australia – the new development frontier?

https---cdn.evbuc.com-images-21835583-178849850228-1-original As part of SCBO 2016 we are holding a public forum event - "Northern Australia – the new development frontier?". The debate will be moderated by Paul Barclay from ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program, and featured speakers include Professor Stuart Bunn, Director of the Australian Rivers Institute; Jann Crase, CEO of Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland and Torres Strait Inc; Clare Martin, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory for six years; and Phil Rist, Nywaigi Traditional Owner and Executive Officer of the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation. The event is open to the public, to tell your friends, family, and colleagues in Brisbane to come along! LOCATION: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Auditorium DATE: July 6, 2016 TIME: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Registration details to come.

Special Issue in Pacific Conservation Biology Highlighting Oceania’s Unique Approaches to Conservation

ban_pcb_1a A new Special Issue in Pacific Conservation Biology edited by SCBO board members Vanessa Adams, Rebecca Spindler and Richard Kingsford is out now. The special issue, timed to coincide with SCBO Brisbane 2016 offers local conservation solutions in Oceania to global problems, and captures the diversity of nations, cultures and environments in our region. The issue is organised by the major threats faced in the region: habitat loss, over exploitation and invasive species. Case studies, framed as coupled problem–solutions, include examples from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific and contrast findings across regions and realms. There are successes and failures faced by conservation in this local region, and the analysis within this special issue offers lessons for conservation globally.