Member Spotlight: Jessica Walsh

Our member in the spotlight this week is Jessica Walsh. Jessica’s paper “The effect of scientific evidence on conservation practitioners’ management decisions” won her the SCBO student publication award for 2015. Below, she tells us more about her research and has some great tips for making your research useful for conservation practitioners.

New Science: Managing invasive species in Oceania

Invasive species are a global threat to biodiversity, but here in Oceania they are particularly problematic; invasive vertebrates and plants have caused 75% of all terrestrial vertebrate extinctions on oceanic islands. There is often a limited understanding of the biology of emerging invasive species, but delay in action may result in escalating costs of control, … Continue reading New Science: Managing invasive species in Oceania

Get ready for SCBO 2016!

Now that ICCB 2015 is over, it’s time to turn attention towards our own regional conservation conference in 2016. The fourth biannual meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology in Oceania, ‘Science meets Action, Water meets Land‘, will be held from 5-8 July in Brisbane, Australia. The meeting will bring together the community of conservation … Continue reading Get ready for SCBO 2016!

Impressions from ICCB-ECCB 2015

Continuing our ICCB 2015 roundup, here are a few more impressions from the conference… From Megan Evans, SCBO board member, PhD student and Social media editor for Conservation Letters: There was a HUGE Oceania presence. Not only is the President of the global organisation an Oceanian but also the Editors in Chief of both Conservation … Continue reading Impressions from ICCB-ECCB 2015

More awards for SCB Oceania members

When the Society for Conservation Biology Service Awards were announced at ICCB 2015 three of the six awardees on stage were from Oceania! Early Career Conservationist Award: Stacy Jupiter Honors the achievements in conservation by professionals early in their careers (no more than 10 years since leaving school) Stacy Jupiter is the Melanesia Program Director … Continue reading More awards for SCB Oceania members

Freshwater policy statement released

The Society for Conservation Biology in Oceania has released its first Conservation Science Statement, focusing on the plight of freshwater biodiversity in New Zealand. The report, prepared by conservation biologists in New Zealand, provides a background to our current understanding of the science for freshwater ecosystems in New Zealand and then goes on make recommendations on how to protect these declining systems for future generations.