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? 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.

Voting for new SCB Oceania Section board members is on NOW!

We have (a record?) 11 members nominated to join the board, and two "member at large" positions available. The nominees are...

  • Kathleen Beyer
  • Alienor Chauvenet
  • Tim Doherty
  • Jean-Yves Meyer
  • Dominique Pelletier
  • Michele Raffin
  • Danielle Shanahan
  • Rebecca Stirnemann
  • Amelia Wenger
  • Jut Wynne
  • Liane Zeroes
You can read more about the candidates on the voting page. To vote, go to, log in to your member area, and click the link to vote in the first blue box on your member homepage. You must be an Oceania Section member to vote.

Member Spotlight: Megan Evans

Evans(Megan)_1573-EWe are currently looking for new members to join our Society for Conservation Oceania section board. To give you an insight into the perks of being a board member, and the wonderful people you'll get to work with, we're going to profile a couple of them here. We have already heard from Vanessa; in our member spotlight this week is Megan Evans. Megan is a PhD researcher based at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. She has interests in environmental policy, governance and economics, with a particular interest in the role of economic policy instruments in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management. She has been a member of the SCB Oceania board for just over a year.