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

This is a guest post from Matthew Selinske, Victorian Biodiversity Conference Organising Committee Member and RMIT PhD student. You can find Matthew on Twitter.


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.

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.

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, reduced economic returns from management actions and decreased feasibility of management. Therefore, spread models that inform and facilitate on-ground control of invasions are needed. Two new papers caught our eye on modelling invasive species distributions and spread in data limited situations.