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We like to move it: The case of the Seychelles Flycatcher

March 19, 2014 in Publications


Species translocations are often used as a management solution for species with small populations and restricted populations. This is almost always a very expensive solution and the economic case for pursuing it is rarely analysed.

This was what me and colleagues from DICE and and the School of Economics, University of Kent tried to tackle in a neat paper currently in press in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, using as a case study the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher (SPF). To do this we first estimated the critical amenity value of the forest that currently supports the SPF. Results support the maintenance of the forest, which in turn implies that the existing population of SPF needs to be protected so as to achieve species conservation objectives. Next we conducted a benefit–cost analysis of the translocation, showing that the development of a second population yields net economic benefits. By employing the methodology presented we can conclude that our analysis indicates that current conservation and translocation actions to support the SPF are economically justified.

Just off the press!

February 1, 2014 in Publications


In the last week or so I had to papers published on the use of conservation flagships. The first (see PDF here) dwells on the selection of conservation flagship species using bird conservation in Brazil. This was part of my PhD and hopes to connect some the dots in terms of building bridges between marketing theory and conservation science.

The second (see PDF here), who had Leo Douglas from the University of the West Indies has a lead author, is a review of conflict and conservation flagships. It lays out the different dimensions of conflict where conservation flagships are involved and looks at the theory behind the different symbolic uses of flagship species.

Have a read and let me know what you think!

Smith Fellow!

January 29, 2014 in Good news


I was one of the recipients of this year’s David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship! This Fellowship, given by the Society for Conservation Biology, seeks to support outstanding early-career scientists who are successful at linking conservation science and its application. I will receive two years of postdoctoral support and will be moving to the USA to work in partnership with Rare and Georgia State University.

My project is entitled “Using social return on investment to evaluate and improve conservation outreach” and will look at evaluating effort to influence human behaviors that have an impact on natural resource management.

You can find more info at: http://www.conbio.org/mini-sites/smith-fellows

PhD sorted!

November 23, 2013 in Good news


A few weeks ago I had my PhD viva and got a pass with no corrections!

My thesis title was Advancing the flagship concept through conservation marketing and was apparently not that bad! Thanks to Prof- EJ Milner-Gulland and Dr.Dave Roberts for that great experience that is a challenging but fair viva (and for all the food)!

Stay tuned for further career developments!

Peer-review matters

November 2, 2013 in Publications


Many scientists invest their time peer-reviewing articles without receiving any compensation, besides a metaphorical pat on the back. To try and start tackling this issue me and Dave Roberts, also from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, published a note in Trends in Ecology and Evolution on how we can put peer-reviewing on the map by making it measurable. Read it here!

Biodiversity goes to Bangalore

October 19, 2013 in Conference

A few weeks ago I had the great chance of presenting at this year’s SCCS Bangalore! I was very happy with the great response my presentation, entitled  ”Show Me The Money: Understanding Online Donations For Biodiversity Conservation“, received.

It was a great opportunity to meet up with old friends and bring a bit of marketing into the conference. There were also a great range of workshops offered from storytelling to the design of graphics in R. Although I had to juggle the conference with my PhD thesis  deadline I am happy I took the time to be part of this great effort.

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Changing behaviour around biodiversity

August 12, 2013 in Publications

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I have recently edited a Special Issue on behaviour change and biodiversity conservation for the online open-access journal Conservation Evidence. This Special Issue showcases work carried out in three continents and on topics as varied as ecosystem services, tiger poaching or waste management.

Find all the content here!

Looks like a human

August 5, 2013 in Publications


Just out in Biodiversity and Conservation is a paper entitled “Anthropomorphized species as tools for conservation: utility beyond prosocial, intelligent and suffering species” on the uses of anthropomorphism in conservation that I had the great pleasure of co-authoring.

This article dwells on how making a species more human-like can help get conservation related messages across more easily but also discusses some of the problems around portraying animals like people.

Find the Pdf here!

Recall of the wild

June 17, 2013 in In the popular press


The last issue of the Indian Magazine Down to Earth features me (and a great minds of conservation) talking about de-extinction!

Its a nice piece that brings together a lot of different views on the topic and presents several past and present case-studies. If you are unsure where you stand on this topix this is a nice starting point. Get the online article here

I fucking love biodiversity

June 3, 2013 in Good news


Following on from the formidable success of the Facebook page “I fucking love science” I thought how powerful something similar could be to raise awareness of the incredible biodiversity living alongside us in our Planet. And thus was born “I fucking love biodiversity”. While we are still very much in the beginning the about 120 likes we gathered in about 2 days is encouraging. I hope to get a lot more people involved in this and make this a real mass awareness tool for biodiversity conservation.

Check out the page here: http://is.gd/create.php