Research interests

New paper!: Absence of evidence for the conservation outcomes of systematic conservation planning around the globe: a systematic mapEnvironmental Evidence

DPhil (PhD) thesis

My DPhil research explores 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’. This is in part due to the fact it allows decision makers to consider trade-offs between social, economic and biological objectives. 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 are helping to explore the most influential factors underpinning the design of conservation plans, through interviews with conservation planners in Australia.