The Sydney chapter of SCB is based at the University of New South Wales, and has members from conservation agencies and other universities across Sydney. The chapter provides new ways for members to learn about conservation on the ground over an informal chat and a coffee. The popular Conservation Café series offers members an opportunity hear first hand from conservation professionals, about their career highlights … Continue reading Chapter Spotlight: SCB Sydney
Our member in the spotlight this week is Sam Dawson. Sam is in the final throws of her PhD at UNSW and has been an office bearer in the Sydney chapter of SCB. Sam has taken some time to tell us about her research, working with conservation managers and working with an active SCB chapter.
Once each year, the SCBO board try to get together face-to-face to discuss Section business. Last Thursday and Friday, most of us met up in Brisbane. Our discussions were primarily focussed on reviewing and updating our workplans – outlining and planning what we will do (Capacity, Conferences, Science and Education and Policy and Management) over the next year in … Continue reading SCBO Board meeting & public forum in Brisbane
For those who were unable to attend our event in Brisbane earlier this month, you can watch a video of our esteemed panelists discussing whether we are doing enough to save the Great Barrier Reef, you can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6nKfbAywx8 Join Professor Richard Kingsford, President of the SCB Oceania section, as he facilitates the … Continue reading Public Event: The Great Barrier Reef – are we doing enough?
This week, the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee recommended the repeal of Section 487 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999. This amendment would prevent individuals and community groups from seeking judicial review of decisions under the EPBC Act. The inquiry attracted 292 formal submissions, with most opposed to the repeal … Continue reading SCBO opposes EPBC Act amendment
The VUW chapter is based at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Currently, most of our members are students at VUW but we aim to broaden our membership to include professionals working in fields relevant to conservation as well as anyone else with an interest and desire to get involved in conservation. Here’s a taste … Continue reading Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) Chapter Update
Recent posts from Justine Hausheer on TNC’s Cool Green Science blog provide a great insight into what life is like for a scientist in the field in Oceania…
In addition to preparing our own policy statements, SCBO frequently signs or authors policy statements relating to issues that we think are important to our membership. Here are two recent contributions: Review of Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010-2030 Comments on the National Biodiversity Strategy Secretariat’s five-year review of Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy. SCBO’s key concern … Continue reading Policy submissions, September 2015
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.
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