Goings on

It has been a rather busy couple of months since I started at Deakin, somewhat too busy to write about. Therefore (like everything it seems) I’ll blog vicariously, and link to blog posts by others at the same things – much easier.

Women in Science: Last week I had a very enjoyable night out with several women from Qaeco (my old group), who have been part of a group of us there doing a lot of reading and thinking on women in science. We went to an event at the Wheeler Centre, called F-Word: Science, part of a series on feminism. Cindy Hauser blogs about it here. We combined it with pre-event drink and post-event dumplings – yum!

The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems: In March, I went to Helsinki for the first meeting of the Committee for Scientific Standards for the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems. This comprised a 3 days meeting of about 25 clever and very nice people (see photo below) from a wide range of ecological and conservation backgrounds, from threat analysis, ecosystem science, vegetation mapping and so forth. We made a lot of progress, and it was very enjoyable! We also had a day with representatives from the Finnish Environment Institute, who hosted us, to talk about their listing processes for ecosystems in Finland. Lucie Bland writes about the meeting here. Tracey Regan and I also visited Mar Cabeza and her group at the University of Helsinki – a very interesting day. CSS Helsinki-sm

Papers: Collaborators and I have already had a few papers out in 2015, two on the Red List of Ecosystems, and one on biodiversity indicators, work by Brendan Costelloe, a masters student from a few years back co-supervised with Ben Collen:

Keith, D.A., Rodríguez, J.P., Brooks, T.M., Burgman, M.A., Barrow, E.G., Bland, L., Comer, P.J., Franklin, J., Link, J., McCarthy, M.A., Miller, R.M., Murray, N.J., Nel, J., Nicholson, E., Olivera-Miranda, M.A., Regan, T.J., Rodríguez-Clark, K.M., Rouget, M. & Spalding, M.D. (2015) The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems: motivations, challenges and applications. Conservation Letters, in press [link].

Rodríguez, J.P., Keith, D.A., Rodríguez-Clark, K.M., Murray, N.J., Nicholson, E., Regan, T.J., Miller, R.M., Barrow, E.G., Bland, L.M., Boe, K., Brooks, T.M., Oliveira-Miranda, M.A., Spalding, M. & Wit, P. (2014) A practical guide to the application of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems criteria. Philosophical Transactions of Royal Society B, 370: 20140003, DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0003 [link].

Costelloe, B.T., Collen, B., Milner-Gulland, E.J., Craigie, I.D., McRae, L., Rondinini, C. & Nicholson, E. (2015) Global biodiversity indicators reflect the modelled impacts of protected area policy change. Conservation Letters, in press [link].

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