Research interests

New paper!: McIntosh, E.J., Rolfe, J., Pinto, U., Kirkwood, J., Greenlee, J., Poiner, I.R. (2019). Designing report cards for aquatic health with a whole-of-system approach: Gladstone Harbour in the Great Barrier ReefEcological Indicators, 102: 623-632. [open access]

I’m interested in the links between conservation researchers and practitioners, and approaches to improve biodiversity conservation efforts.

Conservation Science and Practice

I am an Editorial Board member with Conservation Science and Practice, an academic journal which publishes papers that address the policy, planning, and practice of conserving biological diversity.

DPhil (PhD) thesis

My DPhil research explored strategic approaches to biodiversity conservation. Globally we are faced with an extinction crisis and resources for biodiversity conservation must be carefully targeted.

When tasked with prioritising areas of land and sea for protection, conservation planners must consider a wide range of biological, economic and socio-political factors if a plan is to be effective. Systematic conservation planning (SCP) has gained popularity with policy makers worldwide, as a planning framework designed to provide transparency in value-laden decision making, and to bridge the ‘knowledge-implementation divide’. However, there are few evaluations of the effect of SCP approaches on conservation planning globally.

Evaluation frameworks

How would you set about evaluating a systematic conservation planning project? We discuss theories of change and causal pathways in our Annual Reviews article.

Systematically locating best-available evidence

Our systematic map reflects the collation and assessment of publications on the outcomes of systematic conservation planning initiatives globally.

Improving evidence synthesis in conservation

Systematic reviews and maps are used to identify and distil evidence for effective interventions but they can be cumbersome to undertake. With partners in the Evidence Synthesis Technology Methods Group I’ve been exploring approaches to innovate and improve approaches to evidence synthesis.

Landmark Australian case studies

In depth case studies (paper in review) were undertaken to explore the most influential factors underpinning the design of conservation plans, through interviews with conservation planners in Australia.