Dbytes #123 (22 October 2013)

Dbytes #123 (22 October 2013)
Info & news for members and associates of the Environmental Decision Group

“There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance” Hippocrates

General News

1. Priority threat management of invasive plant species in the Lake Eyre Basin
2. The Australian Government’s ‘Cleaner Environment Plan’
3. AFMA produces fisheries educational resources
4. A coastal sustainability survey by CSIRO
5. Calling all post docs – the Academy wants your feedback

EDG News (more details on these items follows general news)

Melbourne: Cindy Hauser explores Wyperfeld National Park
Brisbane:
Josie Carwardine talks about Prioritising management for multiple species using expert information.
Canberra: Workshop:
Future directions and new approaches for urban biodiversity conservation
Perth: Jodi Price publishes on the functional assembly of grasslands

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General News

1. Priority threat management of invasive plant species in the Lake Eyre Basin

This working paper outlines a cost-effectiveness analysis approach to prioritising weed management strategies for maximising biodiversity outcomes per unit cost across the Lake Eyre Basin, Australia.

Editor’s note: The preparation of this report involved NERP funding and involvement from EDG researchers. A story on this report will appear in the November issue of Decision Point.

http://www.csiro.au/Organisation-Structure/Flagships/Climate-Adaptation-Flagship/CAF-working-papers/CAF-working-paper-17.aspx

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2. The Australian Government’s ‘Cleaner Environment Plan

“The Plan for a Cleaner Environment is central to the Government’s vision for a stronger Australia. The Minister has set out how the four pillars of our environment plan – Clean Air, Clean Land, Clean Water and National Heritage – will help realise the Government’s vision of a great society by protecting and improving our environment for future generations.”

http://www.environment.gov.au/cleaner-environment/index.html

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3. AFMA produces fisheries educational resources

Are you a teacher or student wanting to learn about fisheries management in Australia? The Australian Fisheries Management Authority has developed free educational resources for classroom teachers of middle to upper primary school students that meets the Australian curriculum standards. Students will learn how AFMA manages Australian fisheries and protect species that may be impacted by fishing activities. There are also fun facts about Australian fisheries and how AFMA makes sure they are sustainable.

An example of how an environmental management agency engages with the education sector.

http://www.afma.gov.au/resource-centre/teachers-and-students/fisheries-educational-resources/

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4. A coastal sustainability survey by CSIRO

[Of specific interest to people living in Mackay. Of general interest to anyone working on coastal sustainability and conservation]

CSIRO, is leading a study to find out how people living in Mackay would like to see the coast managed in the future. They are exploring coastal management choices and priorities from a community perspective. They are aiming to understand the balance between local community needs, conservation and commercial uses, and where they all overlap.

The survey can be completed online http://www.csiro.au/mackay-survey

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5. Calling all post docs – the Academy wants your feedback

The Australian Academy of Science recognises the challenges faced by Australia’s emerging researchers and in 2011, established the Early/Mid Career Researcher Forum (the Forum). The Forum engages with early-mid career scientists from around Australia and advises the Academy on the key issues raised by younger researchers, to help inform its policy recommendations to government. Importantly, the Forum provides a vital connection between Australia’s most eminent scientists and tomorrow’s future scientific leaders
About the forum: http://science.org.au/ecr/emcr/

The forum has just announced the launch of an early- and mid-career researcher survey to find national examples of best practices for career progression. The data collected will be used by the Forum to develop policy recommendations to Universities, Institutes, Industry, Funding Groups and Government. They are hoping to have as many early and mid career researchers complete this survey as possible! All STEM disciplines are invited to participate.
Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_PYNmxJuPnRP_z7tDQzuJ_cT–PTMGcXyf1vNP0PeyY/viewform

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EDG News

Melbourne: Cindy Hauser explores Wyperfeld National Park
“We were privileged to have acting Ranger-in-Charge Dave Christian as our guide. He’s worked in the Mallee Parks for almost 30 years and I’d wager that what he doesn’t know about Wyperfeld and its management isn’t worth knowing! It was incredibly informative to ‘meet’ the buloke and slender Cypress pines that Parks Victoria are working to regenerate and to get a feel for the management operations on ground…”
http://cindyehauser.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/exploring-wyperfeld-national-park/

Brisbane: Josie Carwardine talks about Prioritising management for multiple species using expert information.
“Rational decisions about managing threats to biodiversity relies on information of the likely costs and benefits to biodiversity of alternative management strategies. Empirical scientific information is rarely available, so this typically requires eliciting estimates from experts and stakeholders. This is a challenging task due to factors such as agreement upon objectives, expert belief in the process, trade-offs between information complexity/accuracy and time, avoiding expert fatigue, and extension of science to facilitate implementation. I will summarise some lessons learned from four case studies across Australia, based in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Lake Eyre Basin regions. There will be time for discussion and to hear from others working on similar projects and experiencing these and other challenges.”

Canberra: Workshop: Future directions and new approaches for urban biodiversity conservation
Karen Ikin (ANU), Georgia Garrard (RMIT), Chris Ives (RMIT), Pia Lentini (UMelb) and Danielle Shanahan (UQ) ran a three-day workshop on “Future directions and new approaches for urban biodiversity conservation”. The purpose of the workshop was to identify key objectives for urban biodiversity conservation and management in Australia, and to investigate new research approaches and how conservation decisions can be improved in this context. We had 14 participants from RMIT, UMelb, UQ, ANU, UWA, the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, and the Department of the Environment. The workshop was unanimously agreed to be a success, with many ideas for research developed, on topics ranging from normative objectives and conservation paradigms to governance and spatio/temporal analyses of urban biodiversity.
More info: Karen Ikin karen.ikin@anu.edu.au

Perth: Jodi Price publishes on the functional assembly of grasslands
Jodi Price and colleagues have a new paper in Functional Ecology that examines the effect of resource availability and resource heterogeneity on the functional assembly of grassland communities. They found that small-scale resource heterogeneity can increase trait similarity among co-occurring species, and had the same effect as increasing resources homogenously, in contrast to niche partitioning theory.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2435.12186/abstract

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About EDG
The Environmental Decision Group (EDG) is a network of conservation researchers working on the science of effective decision making to better conserve biodiversity. Our members are largely based at the University of Queensland, the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Western Australia, RMIT and CSIRO. The EDG is jointly funded by the Australian Government’s National Environmental Research Program (NERP) and the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence program (CEED).

CEED: http://ceed.edu.au/
NERP ED: http://www.nerpdecisions.edu.au/
EDG: http://www.edg.org.au/

EDG major events: http://www.edg.org.au/events.html
Decision Point: http://www.decision-point.com.au/

 

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