Conservation Bytes

A feed from Consercation Bytes, a site dedicated to highlighting, discussing and critiquing the science of conservation that has demonstrated measurable, positive effects for global biodiversity.


18 June 2018. Personal deterrents can reduce the risk of shark bites – A little over a week ago, shark ecologist, Charlie Huveneers, and I attempted to write an article in The Conversation about a report we co-wrote regarding the effectiveness of personal shark-deterrent devices (see below for more on the report itself). It’s a great little story, with both immediate policy implications for human safety and great, big potential improvements […]

4 June 2018. Communicating climate change – Both the uncertainty inherent in scientific data, and the honesty of those scientists who report such data to any given audience, can sow doubt about the science of climate change. The perception of this duality is engrained in how the human mind works. We illustrate this through a personal experience connecting with global environmentalism, and […]

30 May 2018. Greater death rates for invasive rabbits from interacting diseases – When it comes to death rates for invasive European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in Australia, it appears that 1 + 1 = 2.1. “Canberra, we have a problem” — Sure, it’s an old problem and much less of one than it used to be back in the 1950s, but invasive rabbits are nonetheless an ecological, conservation, and […]

23 May 2018. What Works in Conservation 2018 –   This book is free to download. This book contains the evidence for the effectiveness of over 1200 things you might do for conservation. If you don’t have a copy, go and download yourself a free one here, right now, before you even finish reading this article. Seriously. Go. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, it’ll change […]

17 May 2018. Science + music = productivity – A take on a small section of my recent book, The Effective Scientist, about the importance of music in science. — I don’t know any scientists who don’t love music, and I will go out on a limb by stating that most of us probably combine our science activities with music during the quieter times in […]

9 May 2018. A life of fragmentation – What do you say to a man whose list of conservation awards reads like a Star Wars film intro, who has introduced terms like the ‘hyperdynamism hypothesis’ to the field of ecology, and whose organisation reaches over one million people each week with updates of the scientific kind? Interview with Bill Laurance by Joel Howland (originally […]

4 May 2018. Why do they take so long? – This is probably more of an act of self-therapy on a Friday afternoon to alleviate some frustration, but it is an important issue all the same. An Open Letter to academic publishers: Why, oh why, do some of you take so bloody long to publish our papers online after acceptance? I have been known to […]

26 April 2018. Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss XLVIII – The third set of six biodiversity cartoons for 2018. See full stock of previous ‘Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss’ compendia here. —

18 April 2018. Prioritising your academic tasks – The following is an abridged version of one of the chapters in my recent book, The Effective Scientist, regarding how to prioritise your tasks in academia. For a more complete treatise of the issue, access the full book here. How the hell do you balance all the requirements of an academic life in science? From […]

10 April 2018. My interview with Conservation Careers – The online job-search engine and careers magazine for conservation professionals — Conservation Careers — recently published an interview with me written by Mark Thomas. Mark said that he didn’t mind if I republished the article here. — As we walk through life we sometimes don’t know where our current path will take us. Will it […]