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Making More of Mangrove Ecosystem Services

By Scott Atkinson

Different mangrove areas in the same region provide different ecosystem services. Mapping these is important when deciding where conservation investment should go.

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“Robots” vs Environmental Managers

By Matthew Holden

Can automated algorithms do better than humans in conservation games?

Given all the real-world complexities involved when managing ecosystems, do quantitative methods (which ignore most of these complications) really help decision-makers achieve better environmental outcomes? How do these quantitative methods compare with the alternative: humans making decisions based on intuition, experience and their best judgement?

Restoring Marine Coastal Ecosystems: What’s the Cost?

By Megan Saunders and Elisa Bayraktarov

A review of the costs and feasibility of marine restoration projects reveals that they are often very expensive and risky.

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What’s in a Name?

By Hannah Fraser

Inconsistent classification of species introduces systematic bias to ecological studies.

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Beyond Threat Maps

By Vivitskaia Tulloch and Ayesha Tulloch

Targeting threats alone won’t save our wildlife.

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Bias in Natural Resource Management

Natural resource managers must acknowledge the presence of bias and make a conscious effort to minimise its influence in their decisions.

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Conserving Freshwater Crayfish in Australia

Australia has a rich diversity of freshwater crayfish, but many of our species are at risk.

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Chytrid and Frogs in Australia’s High Country

By Ben Scheele

Science is helping conservation managers deal with the curse of chytrid fungus. While the threat has devastated many frog species, there is reason to be hopeful.

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Casting a Critical Eye over Biodiversity Offsets

By Georgia Garrard, Sarah Bekessy and Brendan Wintle

Biodiversity offset policies may result in perverse incentives that lock in biodiversity loss.

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Looking after Our Nomadic Species

By Claire Runge

The range of many Australian nomadic birds can contract to a very small area, making them much more vulnerable to extinction.

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