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.

2016 Annual General Meeting Agenda


Our 2016 AGM will be held during the Society for Conservation Biology 4th Oceania Congress, July 7th, 6.00-7.00pm in the Plaza Auditorium (Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on Grey Street). Drinks and nibbles will be provided, so please come along if you are in Brisbane! The agenda for the meeting will be as follows: Minutes … Continue reading 2016 Annual General Meeting Agenda

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?


Northern Australia has some of the world’s most extensive intact savannah woodlands and pristine river systems. This is an area encompassing the tropical regions of Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. It is also an area of significant cultural values for indigenous communities, many relying on its ecosystem services. Australian governments of all persuasions have … Continue reading Public Forum: Northern Australia – the new development frontier?

Queensland moves to control land clearing: other states need to follow


Megan C Evans, Australian National University Queensland’s land clearing has yet again become a national issue. After laws were relaxed under the then Liberal-National state government in 2013, land-clearing rates tripled, undermining efforts to conserve wildlife and reduce carbon emissions. Now the Labor state government wants to re-tighten the laws. The revised legislation is expected … Continue reading Queensland moves to control land clearing: other states need to follow

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 www.conbio.org, 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.