New Journal: Conservation Science & Practice


The Society for Conservation Biology is launching a new Open Access journal, Conservation Science and Practice.  The journal publishes papers that expand conservation knowledge ranging from practical experience to advances in theory. The journal places special emphasis on studies that connect findings to conservation outcomes to address which strategies work as well as which strategies … Continue reading New Journal: Conservation Science & Practice

SCCS-Aus 2019 Save the Date


The 3rd Student Conference on Conservation Science – Australia is happening at The University of Queensland – UQ in Brisbane July 3-10, 2019! SCCS-Australia will bring together 100 post-graduate students from the Asia-Pacific region to develop their skills and forge lasting professional relationships. Combining a 3-day conference, 2 days of field trips and sightseeing around Brisbane, and 3 days … Continue reading SCCS-Aus 2019 Save the Date

Abstract deadline for #SCBO2018 EXTENDED to 26th January


The abstract deadline for SCBO 2018 in Wellington has been extended by 2 weeks to 26th January.  We have a great list of symposia lined up for this conference, in addition to some exciting field trips showcasing New Zealand’s incredible biodiversity. Our plenary speakers, Professor Jacinta Ruru from the University of Otago, Professor Hugh Possingham from the Nature Conservancy, and … Continue reading Abstract deadline for #SCBO2018 EXTENDED to 26th January

SCBO 2018 Call for Symposia, Workshops, and Short Courses


Join us in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand in 2018 wellington2018.scboceania.org The 5th meeting of  the Society for Conservation – Oceania section will take place from 2-6 July 2018 in at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Wellington, New Zealand. Calls for symposia, short courses, and workshops are now open. The conference website is now live and … Continue reading SCBO 2018 Call for Symposia, Workshops, and Short Courses

Virtual Issue – Pacific Biodiversity: Values, Threats and Solutions


Access the virtual issue Pacific Conservation Biology is dedicated to conservation in the Pacific region, which is defined broadly as the western Pacific (East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania), the north Pacific (including Russia), and the islands of the central Pacific across to countries on the North American and South American continents bordering on … Continue reading Virtual Issue – Pacific Biodiversity: Values, Threats and Solutions

Research priorities for conservation and natural resource management in Oceania’s small-island developing states


For conservation science to effectively inform conservation action, research must focus on creating the scientific knowledge required to solve conservation problems, and researchers must effectively communicate that knowledge to practitioners. In the last decade or so, numerous exercises have been conducted to identify priority research questions or horizon scan for important upcoming research themes (for example: for conservation … Continue reading Research priorities for conservation and natural resource management in Oceania’s small-island developing states

The good news and bad news about the rare birds of Papua New Guinea


Robert Davis, Edith Cowan University The rainforests of Papua New Guinea are home to one of the richest bird populations in the world. But many are threatened by logging and palm oil farming. Now, a team of researchers led by Edith Cowan University have surveyed the PNG island of New Britain to see how the … Continue reading The good news and bad news about the rare birds of Papua New Guinea

Culture, kastom and conservation in Melanesia: what happens when worldviews collide?


At the 4th Society for Conservation Biology Oceania congress in Brisbane last July, Stacy Jupiter delivered a plenary talk entitled “Culture, kastom and conservation in Melanesia: what happens when worldviews collide?”. Stacy has now published a version of her talk as an essay in Pacific Conservation Biology: In this essay, in order to provide guidance to improve the future effectiveness of … Continue reading Culture, kastom and conservation in Melanesia: what happens when worldviews collide?

Report from the inaugural Victorian Biodiversity Conference



The inaugural Victorian Biodiversity Conference was held last week, February 7th and 8th, at RMIT University, and along-with the organising committee, I’d like to express gratitude to the Society of Conservation Biology Oceania for their support in ensuring it was a tremendous success.

Over 250 attendees participated in the biodiversity-rich two-day event that showcased some of the groundbreaking research being conducted by Victorian students, ECRs and others tackling local and global biodiversity issues.