Eureka! IUCN Red List of Ecosystems team

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Some of the global IUCN RLE team (L-R): Richard Kingsford (UNSW), Tracey Regan (ARI), David Keith (UNSW), Emily Nicholson (Deakin), Lucie Bland (Uni Melbourne), Nick Murray (UNSW) and Tony Auld (NSW OEH)

Our wonderful team working on the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems won the Eureka ward for Environmental Research last night! The Australian Museum’s Eureka Awards celebrate Australia’s leading scientists and scientific breakthroughs, and is a wonderful night out. I particularly loved the emphasis on team research that came out over and over again throughout the evening.

Prof David Keith (UNSW) and the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems team (a large group of researchers around the globe) were awarded the 2015 NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Environmental Research, for our work to develop the criteria that underpin the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, the first comprehensive and quantitative method for assessing ecosystems that is applicable globally and to all ecosystems – marine, freshwater and terrestrial.

The impact of this work in environmental and conservation policy and management is substantial: in 2014 the criteria were adopted by the IUCN, the world’s biggest environmental organization, as the new global standard to assessing risks to ecosystems, with great uptake around the world and within Australia.

Eureka15win2We are very lucky to work with such a great group of people, who also look quite flash when all frocked up for a special occasion! Our next major meeting will be hosted by Deakin University in November 2015, to plan our global strategy for global domination! I am looking forward to getting (most) of the team back together again.

The team has produced some outstanding research over the last decade (see here or here for publications), in particular a huge number this year, including a special issue of Austral Ecology, guest edited by David Keith (with one paper led by me). Some key publications (mostly open access) are shown below.

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Me and Emma ready to go to the Eureka Awards!

A big congratulations to all the Eureka Prize winners and finalists, and a special congrats to my wonderful and talented sister-in-law Prof Emma Johnston (also of UNSW), who won the Department of Industry and Science Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research. What a great night!

Key Publications:

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, 8 (3): 214–226 [link].

Keith D.A., Rodríguez J.P., Rodríguez-Clark K.M., Nicholson E., Aapala K., Alonso A., Asmussen M., Bachman S., Bassett A., Barrow E.G., Benson J.S., Bishop M.J., Bonifacio R., Brooks T.M., Burgman M.A., Comer P., Comín F.A., Essl F., Faber-Langendoen D., Fairweather P.G., Holdaway R.J., Jennings M., Kingsford R.T., Lester R.E., Mac Nally R., McCarthy M.A., Moat J., Oliveira-Miranda M.A., Pisanu P., Poulin B., Regan T.J., Riecken U., Spalding M.D. & Zambrano-Martínez S. (2013) Scientific foundations for an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems. PLoS ONE, 8(5): e62111 [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. (2015) 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].

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