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Bland, L. M., Collen, B., Orme, C. D. L. and Bielby, J. Known unknowns: global patterns of conservation knowledge deficiency (submitted).

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New issue of Phil Trans

This monday a new issue of Phil Trans was published, which might mean my favourite papers of the year by my favourite people have already been published (and it’s only the 5th of January!).

First of all, A practical guide to the application of the Red List of Ecosystems criteria is a paper from the RLE team (incl. myself) expanding on the PLoS paper describing the RLE criteria. So, what’s new? The paper reviews the intended application of the RLE assessment process, summarize ‘best-practice’ methods for ecosystem assessments and outline approaches to ensure operational rigour.

I enjoyed reading Richman et al.’s paper on the global conservation status of crayfish. They found 32% of crayfish to be at risk of extinction, with large geographical variation in threat drivers. The majority of threatened US and Mexican species face threats associated with urban development, pollution, and water management. On the other hand, the majority of Australian threatened species are affected by climate change, harvesting, agriculture and invasive species. Congratulations to Nadia for seeing this project through!!

Distribution of: (a) all crayfish species; (b) (c) threatened species; (d) (e) data-deficient species. Linked from Royal Society Publishing.

I also enjoyed Owen et al.’s paper on the global phylogeny of crayfish. They created both a synthetic tree and a maximum likelihood dated phylogeny (with fewer nodes). This enabled them to created EDGE and HEDGE scores for a number of crayfish species.

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New job and new paper

Many news this (new) side of the earth …

  • I have been awarded a PhD from Imperial College London in July 2014, after passing my viva with no corrections in May 2014. My thesis was entitled “Resolving the effects of Data Deficient species on the estimation of extinction risk” and comprised four data chapters. You can e-mail me to request a copy of the thesis (it’s a heavy file!).
  • I am now a Research Associate in ecosystem risk assessment at the University of Melbourne with the QAECO group. I will be creating process-based models of ecosystem collapse to inform the rules and criteria of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems. I am working with Emily Nicholson and Tracey Regan. The project is supported by an ARC Linkage Grant, and involves collaborators from UNSW, UniMelb, Deakin, IUCN, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and the Government of South Australia.
  • My new paper is out in Conservation Biology: Predicting the conservation status of Data Deficient species.Download Early View from this link or ask me for a reprint!

It's not all work ... before the move to Australia I also dropped by the Great Blue Hole in Belize

It’s not all work … before moving to Australia I also dropped by the Great Blue Hole in Belize



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Women in STEM

Women in Science Technology Engineering and Technology is a hot topic at the moment – even being covered in Animal Conservation and many blog posts. I just came across this graphic from explaining attrition in the sciences – why women drop out of the science ladder as they progress. It would be great to see it extended to postgraduate and research jobs, as female attrition reaches it peak post-PhD, allegedly due to conflicts between academic careers and child-raising. For example, around 46 % of those being awarded undergraduate science degrees in the USA are women, but this percentage drops to 39 % for masters degrees, 33 % for doctoral degrees and – at the end of the career spectrum – 6 % for full professorships. Clearly, today’s challenge is not only to get women into science, but to keep them.


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Science Uncovered

On Friday the 27th of September, the Natural History Museum London is holding a free evening where the public gets to mingle with scientists, and participate in debates and activities. I am running a debate on “Are all species equal?”, so feel free to pop in – the event runs from 16.00 pm to midnight.



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End of summer & The Nature Conservancy article

The summer has been extremely busy: coming back from Australia, attending the BES Macroecology Symposium, the International Congress for Conservation Biology and INTECOL, where you might have caught one of my talks.

The only thing to show for it is this blurb on the Brisbane Student Conference, published at the Nature Conservancy. Read Eddie Game’s article here.

I will soon be getting back to work, pushing ideas around so expect more blog posts from now on!

I am also very excited about leading a debate on the 27th of September at the Natural History Museum’s Science Uncovered, on “Are all species equal?”. Please share your thoughts and arguments, it should be a very interesting night!

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Talk at the University of Queensland


I am giving a seminar this Friday 3rd of May at the University of Queensland, 2pm in room 257 Goddard Building :)


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