Environmental conservation is a big challenge facing our planet. Isn’t it time to stand up and take action, rather than do more research? Why shouldn’t we just use the knowledge we already have to save threatened species?
This month we discuss the value of monitoring and information for achieving nature conservation outcomes. Is some research more useful than others, and should utility factor into decisions about research funding?
Join us as Professor Hugh Possingham looks at how optimisation can be used as a framework to make the tough decisions.
Meet the presenter
Professor Hugh Possingham
Aside from his day job as a Professor of both mathematics and ecology at The University of Queensland, Hugh performs a variety of public roles advising policy makers, conservation groups and managers.
Founder of the Possingham Lab, Hugh and his team use mathematics to formulate and solve problems in order to save plants, animals and ecosystems.
Hugh developed Marxan the most widely used conservation planning software in the world and co-wrote “The Brigalow Declaration” used by former Premier Peter Beattie to halve land clearing in Queensland.
In November Hugh will join The Nature Conservancy as Chief Scientist.