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.

Survey: Use of literature databases by conservation biologists


How do conservation scientists, managers, policymakers, educators and other users of scientific publications find specific information relevant to their conservation problem, solution or research interest? SCBO President Richard Kingsford, Mike Calver and colleagues are investigating the effectiveness of scientific databases in searching for papers relevant to conservation of different organisms. They would be very grateful … Continue reading Survey: Use of literature databases by conservation biologists

Brisbane Chapter Riverbank Revegetation Project – Stage 1


We had a great turn out on 1 July 2015 for Stage 1 of the river bank revegetation project of the SCB UQ-Brisbane Chapter. Around 100 volunteers spent the morning planting understory shrubs and rain forest trees on the St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland. Thanks to their hard work, we got nearly … Continue reading Brisbane Chapter Riverbank Revegetation Project – Stage 1

Member Spotlight: Rebecca Jarvis


Rebecca is a Commonwealth Scholar coming to the end of her PhD in interdisciplinary conservation and social-ecological systems at the Institute for Applied Ecology New Zealand, AUT University. You can find Rebecca on twitter @rebecca_jarvis and www.rebeccajarvis.info. Rebecca was another of our student award winners from the SCBO 2014 conference in Fiji.

Survey: research priorities for conservation & natural resource management in Oceania


As conservation scientists, most of us hope to conduct research that will be useful to practitioners, and will ultimately “make a difference”. However, it remains unclear whether the areas towards which we are investing our research efforts will actually produce the information that conservation practitioners and natural resource managers need. Understanding the information that decision-makers … Continue reading Survey: research priorities for conservation & natural resource management in Oceania

SCB Oceania student awards 2015


SCBO are pleased to announce two student awards – one for the best Oceania student presentation at ICCB 2015, and one for the best student publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Prizes include free registration to SCBO Brisbane 2016! To be considered for the student presentation award, e-mail your ICCB presentation title and abstract to Vanessa … Continue reading SCB Oceania student awards 2015

SCB Approves Semi-Autonomy for Sections


SCB has been a global organization since 2002, but its seven regional sections remained part of a single U.S.-based fiscal entity. At its March 2015 board meeting, the Society’s board of governors realized that some sections have grown to the stage at which they could realize financial and organizational benefits by forming semi-autonomous organizations within … Continue reading SCB Approves Semi-Autonomy for Sections