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.


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 […]

3 April 2018. Why populations can’t be saved by a single breeding pair – I published this last week on The Conversation, and now reproducing it here for readers. —   Two days ago, the last male northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) died. His passing leaves two surviving members of his subspecies: both females who are unable to bear calves. Even though it might not be quite […]

26 March 2018. Predicting sustainable shark harvests when stock assessments are lacking – I love it when a good collaboration bears fruit, and our latest paper is a good demonstration of that principle. It all started a few years ago with an ARC Linkage Project grant we received to examine how the whaler shark fishing industry in Australia might manage its stocks better. As I’m sure many are […]

22 March 2018. The Effective Scientist – What is an effective scientist? The more I have tried to answer this question, the more it has eluded me. Before I even venture an attempt, it is necessary to distinguish the more esoteric term ‘effective’ from the more pedestrian term ‘success’. Even ‘success’ can be defined and quantified in many different ways. Is the most successful […]