Evaluating the effectiveness of protected areas for conserving nature
PhD, Macquarie University
Establishing and managing protected areas is essential for conserving nature, ecosystem services and cultural values. Despite a tripling in size of protected areas globally over the past 40 years to cover ~15% of land in 2019, park managers face severe challenges in mitigating land use threats and conserving biodiversity.
Globally, there is strong evidence that protected areas are on-the-whole effectively maintaining habitats, but little information exists on why some are successful and others are not. Less evidence exists on how effectively protected areas are conserving biodiversity, partly due to difficulties in measuring the impact of protection on biodiversity. While methods are available to measure the impact of protection on forest cover, long-term biodiversity monitoring is rarely done before and after protection, or within and outside protected areas. More insight is needed into how effectively protected areas are being managed to conserve biodiversity and why protected areas are (or are not) delivering on their intended objectives of protecting biodiversity. As the end of the United Nations Global Biodiversity Framework 2011–2020 draws near and new targets are defined, it is an imperative time to reflect on the effectiveness of protected areas. This research aims to build evidence on how effectively protected areas are conserving biodiversity and maintaining stable forest cover, and provide insight into what can be done to improve their effectiveness (through strategic planning and budget forecasting).
Research Assistant, Evaluating the status of the NSW terrestrial reserve system under a changing climate, Macquarie University
This project was funded by the NSW Adaptation Research Hub - Biodiversity Node hosted by Macquarie University.
Cost-effective opportunities to minimise forest carbon emissions and mitigate climate change in Southeast Asia
MPhil, James Cook University
The use of riparian corridors by endangered amphibians in tropical rainforests of Australia
Grad Dip, James Cook University