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Megan Barnes

PhD Conservatin Science (University of Queensland, 2013)

Post Doctoral Fellow

Email: megan.barnes@uq.edu.au

Twitter: @ultimatemegs

View Megan's Google Scholar profile

Phone: +61 7 3365 6525

Location: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, St Lucia

  Megbarnes

"I undertake research to leverage decisions that will result in better on ground outcomes, ensuring the best outcomes for the amazing flora and fauna around the world"

Megan is the lead researcher for a national emerging priorities research project to prioritise monitoring for national surveillance in Australia, where she applies technical and monitoring expertise in her work to inform cost-effective national environmental investment strategies. Megan's research focuses on cost-effective decisions, monitoring and evaluation, and global protected areas policy. She has a diverse background in behavioral ecology and both theoretical and applied conservation science, with expertise in both marine and terrestrial ecosystems, global vertebrate fauna, tropical ecology, decision science, statistics, protected areas management, conservation planning. Her current work also includes a national monitoring survey, and she also leads work on global protected areas policy and impact evaluation.

Megan current collaborative research projects include: understanding the impact of protected areas in both marine and terrestrial realms, conservation planning for cost-effective and representative marine protected areas, virtual ecology to understand bias in analysis of unstructured data, enabling conditions for the success of conservation interventions, and analytical methods for acoustic monitoring.

In addition to her research, Megan is a passionate naturalist, with a particular love of birds, amphibians and praying mantis, and she also works with community members to incentivise participation in citizen science and is working to launch eButtefly in Australia, as well as being a menber of the eremaea eBird communications committee. Before her PhD, Megan worked as a field ecologist, radio-tracking Rock wallabies, Harpy Eagles, Grizzly Bears, and Elk, and trapping mammals and reptiles for applied research and and conservation projects, and likes to keep her boots dirty by participating in field projects when she gets a chance.

 

Lab twitter feed:

saverygo RT @rbjanis5: Finding a Stack Exchange with your exact #rstats question 👍🏻 Seeing that it was asked earlier today and hasn't been answered…
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saverygo RT @IMCC2020: DEADLINE TODAY to propose a symposia or workshop for #imcc6. To support inclusive participation (see research here - https://…
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saverygo It’s been great seeing #Movember  underway at #NWRC @environmentca, led by our DG @PatriceECCC!
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saverygo RT @betsymason: Science is littered with bad data viz. Here are some of the most common mistakes scientists make: https://t.co/HaSidRsbl5 F…
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saverygo RT @mccullermi: Always a pleasure to see giant isopods during the @oceanexplorer #Okeanos live stream! This one was eating a piece of fish…
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saverygo My flatmates just adopted this 9-week old Doodle #puppy last week!! His name is Buttons, and he is full of beans! https://t.co/lcKIAeKVSc
saverygo RT @TaraGMartin: Take note Canada. Australia is burning. Why did the science not lead to action?’ “I would blame most of that on the lobbyi…
saverygo RT @mae_eccc: This is so good and so funny! A brilliant example of scientific vulgarisation at its best! 🙌 https://t.co/9Y7MECEX4o
MariaBeger km-scale deepwater & reef bioregions in SW Pacific, ideal to represent marine biodiv. in spatial planning!… https://t.co/pvPURv81m0
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MariaBeger RT @DeBrauwerM: Some interesting coral action going on in the Banda Sea last week 😉 #doesitfart @DaniRabaiotti https://t.co/MCTpnkHuWd
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MariaBeger Especially the joys of diving in November! https://t.co/Y5SmaYf1xm
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MariaBeger RT @DeBrauwerM: https://t.co/eY5533LCHu My TEDx talk on small critters and ocean health is online! It combines aspects of my past research…
MariaBeger RT @AtheneDonald: 'Unless you have been a minority in any of these situations, you don’t get what it’s like to operate in a world so clearl…
MariaBeger Plus it is AMAZING and EXCITING to publish winter project work of one of our MSc Biodiversity & Conservation studen… https://t.co/uoOUPmeqot
MariaBeger Last night, we submitted the first paper of hopefully many from our JSPS Zuno project! @JDReimer @HugePossumhttps://t.co/hdeeTtANmr
MariaBeger RT @Coralassist_Lab: Great article on the importance of communal coffee breaks! https://t.co/VhiWpOb8Lt
MariaBeger RT @NatashaSelkie: As scientists and westerners, we are a part of the problem AND the solution. As knowledge keepers we have a duty to enga…
MariaBeger RT @AnotherBobSmith: JOB KLAXON! 2-year Post-Doctoral & Capacity Building Manager post with Zoe Davies & me at @DICE_Kent. Part of @unepwcm
BeyerHawthorne Philae lander en route to comet 67P right now. Exciting moment given the odds of even getting #Rosetta there.
BeyerHawthorne Landowners destroy habitat to dodge immenent protection legislation. Conervation planning must acount for this! http://t.co/SMBelGA6TW
BeyerHawthorne A major problem in conservation planning is finding ways of accounting for myopic reversals of protection. E.g. http://t.co/EV9MvhE87S
BeyerHawthorne Slam on the breaks. We have it all wrong: Tony Abbott adviser warns of threat of 'global cooling'. No, not Apr 1st. http://t.co/iXn80UgD7M
BeyerHawthorne Happy to see a woman has won this years Fields medal for the first time. http://t.co/qIoG6ED7q2
AChauvenet Our new perspective in @NatureComms puts a $ value on the mental health benefits of protected areas in Australia an… https://t.co/h3f2ASzsR6
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AChauvenet @katejhelms @arc_gov_au @QUTSciEng Congratulations!!!! Such awesome news 😁
AChauvenet @megcevans Congratulations! You are a star 😀I can imagine that the whole embargo thing would have been hard for successful candidates!
AChauvenet RT @adele_pavlidis: Protected areas are important for many reasons, including people’s mental health, as my good friend @AChauvenet recentl…
AChauvenet The economic value of #protectedareas derived from the improved mental health of visitors is US$6 trillion p.a. Our… https://t.co/yDNjo74W8j
AChauvenet RT @Pettorelli: This time with all the details: we have a fully funded PhD with @SCENARIO_DTP for grab! Key points: it's interdisciplinary,…
AChauvenet RT @april_reside: Stage 2 in the battle for Australia's top bird for 2019 - you have to vote AGAIN! Cast your vote for the long-suffering…
AChauvenet RT @Pettorelli: Want to do a PhD at @ZSLScience & @UniofReading with me @Jess_n1 @Len_Shaffrey @JNCC_UK & Ken Norris on predicting the ecol…
AChauvenet RT @adele_pavlidis: Thanks for the opportunity to present some of my research #womeninsport great conversations & simulation for extending…
biodiversityBD @kmillerheidke This is GREAT! You should go on Australian Idol! Seriously though, good luck, have fun :-)
biodiversityBD @shornwell cheers Sean! :-D
biodiversityBD @ChrisOBryan89 @ARC_CEED @ICCB2017 thanks for the nice tweet! :-D
biodiversityBD What is an adequate protected area network? Protect everything? 20%? Or do better each year? Great symposium + talks @cdkuempel @HugePossum
biodiversityBD RT @CarlaWildlife: PADDD is often overlooked in conservation yet has impacted over 3200 PAs and 2.2mill km2 @RachGolden #ICCB2017 https://t…
biodiversityBD RT @LeahLeopold: @saverygo shares @sesync @BiodiversityASU work on cost effective decision-making in face of uncertainty #ICCB2017 https://…
biodiversityBD Big tumour data could save lives and reduce the cost of health care. Very international collaboration for betterment of humanity.
biodiversityBD Devastating but engaging news piece on the state of the Great Barrier Reef https://t.co/P5PA3W0U79 @Nicki__S #TheProjectTV
MattHHolden @matthewmarkus @verissimodiogo That's a good point - because diamonds are legal it's definitely not a 1-1 compariso… https://t.co/Qf58njUoFd
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MattHHolden Good conservation not only protects our planet but but also values humans. No arbitrary thresholds like half earth.… https://t.co/0AX5J4kh7d
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MattHHolden RT @ElisaBayra: Cool case study of using #eBird data to optimise dynamic conservation: the time point of birds returning was estimated and…
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MattHHolden @meredithgore Thanks for the reference!
MattHHolden @meredithgore Yes! And it's also unclear if this is actually a cause of the gender pay gap. It's mostly based on an… https://t.co/WLcnVrpmnu
MattHHolden RT @tweetsbymidge: Conference pro tip: If in a group setting & you see someone having difficulty joining the convo make an effort to includ…
MattHHolden @katejhelms @arc_gov_au @QUTSciEng Such a beautiful summary too!
MattHHolden RT @katejhelms: I am so excited to announce I was awarded an @arc_gov_au DECRA fellowship. I get to design maths to guide development of ne…
MattHHolden While there is no data for the effect of synthetic rhino horn on consumer demand, examples elsewhere (e.g. diamond… https://t.co/6rWx3NYcdV
MattHHolden Interesting perspective by @InvasionEcology on why he isn’t applying for promotion until the gender gap in academy… https://t.co/f0aaLDCDZd
cdkuempel RT @ChrisCvitanovic: That's right! I’m recruiting a post-doc to join me @ANU_CPAS . The position is for 3 years, pays up to AUD$92k per ye…
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cdkuempel RT @ultimatemegs: Vanessa Adams and I are recruiting applicants for a fab #PhD in collab w/ @Science_DBCA via @CMS_UTas https://t.co/6AV0F
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cdkuempel RT @FaiolaLabUCI: Just as we suspected, academia is an insular elite club. Academic nepotism is pervasive. If you don't connect with one of…
cdkuempel RT @statto: This is a graph of what people think will help with climate change versus the actual impacts. By skewing perceptions so massiv…
cdkuempel Literally just did an involuntary "dab" at my desk after figuring out the solution to part of my code. Who am I? https://t.co/g7yjPxllgP
cdkuempel RT @ICRSreefstudent: Deeply sad news from Hawai'i today: PhD candidate Josh Copus has died. He was advancing our knowledge of mesophotic re…
cdkuempel RT @CSIRO: #4oclockfact The last date that all living humans were on Earth was November 2nd 2000. Since then, there has always been some…
cdkuempel RT @cjsewall9: Trying to get that manuscript published... @AcademicChatter https://t.co/ZEAhnLc7Xk
cdkuempel RT @BBM_Wong: Wanted: High quality PhD student applicants to join #BobWongLab at @MonashBiol. Australian Research Council funded projects a…
kwekings RT @sivasothi: [biod crew] Fri 8 Nov 2019: 9.00 am [PhD Defense] – Lam Weng Ngai on “Nepenthes: A Model… https://t.co/ZKStiLiAHr
kwekings RT @NatureHumBehav: A culture of publication-worship unwittingly incentivizes questionable scientific practices and gluts the economy of sc…
kwekings "The top researchers at American law schools, especially elite law schools... often include people who are indiffer… https://t.co/0OcocoXU9L
kwekings We're looking for a post-doc (or senior research associate/assistant) to join our urban ecology team! Specifically… https://t.co/8hYC3HKNPa
kwekings RT @DanRRichards: Do you need a map of vegetation for Singapore? Leon's new data paper https://t.co/URcQY4LN5e @NatCapSG @_FCL https://t.co
kwekings RT @FIB_NUS: .@MethodsEcolEvol paper by Jia Huan, Kenny & @erarsenault #isotopeanalysis of amino acids consistently distinguished between…
kwekings There is an R package called DHARMa. No, it does not randomly generate yogic mantras. https://t.co/4TwrdOkJJ1
kwekings No kidding?? Matthew Lim https://t.co/EPLVyEMhZi
kwekings Mangroves in a Changing World: From Population Genetics to Ecological Genomics by Alison Wee 19 Jul Fri 10 am NUS D… https://t.co/NlCAGuNFMp
kwekings RT @winstontlchow: A great review on the divide separating top and bottom of the current academic pyramid. https://t.co/1tp0gmUq1q
BonMappin RT @martine_maron: Spending to save: What will it cost to halt Australia's extinction crisis? (spoiler: about seven times what we spend now…
BonMappin RT @ProfTerryHughes: How many more house have to burn down, how many deaths, how many times does the #GreatBarrierReef have to bleach - bef…
BonMappin RT @m_dimarco: Wilderness areas halve the extinction risk of terrestrial biodiversity https://t.co/mqJvpOqOtZ Our @nature paper shows #wi
BonMappin RT @jamesecology: Attending #ICCB2019? Check out our "action mapping" symposium where @HugePossum @j_a_mcgowan @manammichelle @ChrisOBryan8
BonMappin RT @battle_kt: My @MalariaAtlas paper on P vivax #malaria burden is out in @TheLancet showing a 46% decline in Pv cases from 2005 to 2017 a…
BonMappin RT @april_reside: I’ve been involved in Black-throated finch research for >10yrs. Today I’m devastated by the decision by Qld Govt to appro…
BonMappin Almost a third of terrestrial ecoregions, across all seven biogeographical realms, 12 biomes, and 114 countries, ha… https://t.co/pO414uxkOz
BonMappin @oschoettker @ConLetters Thanks! Glad to hear you found it interesting!
mainambui RT @coralmannie: Help to expand Madagascar's climate history to 400 years. Apply for a unique PhD on geochemistry of giant Indian Ocean cor…
mainambui RT @ESA_EO: A beautiful, cloud-free Scotland 🥰 https://t.co/Mhr5L5VRn6
mainambui RT @MattHHolden: Come work with me at UQ! Fully-funded Ph.D. project on #maths & #stats to improve #fisheries management. Open to internati…
mainambui RT @MQSciEng: Not just warm water. Paper in @NatureClimate by @EnvScMQ Joseph Maina and colleagues at @TheWCS including @UWAresearch and @U
mainambui RT @ChristinacHicks: Very pleased to share this paper, new in @nature. We developed a novel model to predict nutrient quality of fish, appl…
mainambui RT @naj_graham: Nutritional quality and quantity from the world's fisheries. Our @nature paper demonstrates how catches from many nations c…
mainambui RT @HugePossum: Scientists will never know everything with complete certainty, but in many cases, like the issue of a declining Great Barri…
mainambui RT @PROG_ocean: Exciting workshop on a future Regional #OceanGovernance Strategy for the WIO. Outcome will provide important input to the #…
mainambui RT @coralmannie: Join my group at the University of Leicester, 4 year PhD to 'Unlock Climatic and Anthropogenic Drivers of Environmental Ch…
mainambui RT @PROBAVegetation: #ProbaV for #coastal applications!🛰️🌊 Check this #ProbaV image of part of #Belgium and #TheNetherlands combined with a…
j_a_mcgowan @jeff_o_hanson @HugePossum @ultimatemegs @RicSchuster @JendallKones I’ts not the same language, per se, but there i… https://t.co/AXwDM2J2nJ
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j_a_mcgowan RT @EU_ScienceHub: #Energy projections for African countries: a study 📖 shows power generation capacity will need to increase 10-fold from…
j_a_mcgowan RT @TBCbiodiversity: We're recruiting! We have two brand new posts ready and waiting for your creativity and energy - a Communications Assi…
j_a_mcgowan RT @jamesecology: PREPRINT: Conservation attention necessary across at least 44% of Earth's land area to safeguard biodiversity https://t.c…
j_a_mcgowan RT @BAlexSimmons: Our latest paper identifies different types of farmers in #QLD based on their #LandClearing behaviours & psychosocial cha…
j_a_mcgowan RT @AnotherBobSmith: JOB KLAXON! 2-year Post-Doctoral & Capacity Building Manager post with Zoe Davies & me at @DICE_Kent. Part of @unepwcm
j_a_mcgowan Come join us in May in Beautiful West Virginia! https://t.co/ttQ22IbmUv
j_a_mcgowan RT @WCSNewsroom: OPINION: The Carbon Bomb—New report shows that #deforestation between 2000-2013 responsible for a shocking 626% more #CO2
j_a_mcgowan RT @HugePossum: At The Nature Conservancy we have agreed that representing every habitat and every species in some kind of protection is im…
j_a_mcgowan 2 yr Post-doc on integrating climate change and MPA planning with awesome team @unepwcmc using #Marxan.… https://t.co/hvN89Q6rJJ
MorenaMills RT @CarlaWildlife: Excited to talk about the how covenants and #PPAs can contribute towards the 2030 UN #restoration targets tomorrow at a…
MorenaMills RT @GeographicalMag: An examination of the ways that conservation initiatives become mainstream has revealed that most successful projects…
MorenaMills RT @AnotherBobSmith: JOB KLAXON. 2-year Senior Post-Doctoral Fellowship on climate change and MPA network planning based at @DICE_Kent thro…
MorenaMills RT @VisualPersist: The impact of #MPAs on communities is unclear. @MorenaMills "conflict within communities increased in 79 per cent of #MP
MorenaMills RT @smangubhai: We are in Week 3 of our national effort to “Evaluate knowledge co-production in locally managed marine areas in Fiji”. @wcs
MorenaMills RT @j_r_rhodes: If you are interested in novel ways to achieve collaboration among organisations, we have a 2 year postdoc available to wor…
MorenaMills Interested in what drives the spread of conservation initiatives? Funded PhD position available at @IC_CEP to come… https://t.co/BlA791i05C
HugePossum RT @nature_brains: Hope is the thing that hops. Recovery: Saving Mark Twain’s Famous Red-Legged Frog https://t.co/Ap8ht5qFrp https://t.co/Q
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HugePossum RT @Nature_MN: Do you know where your water comes from? The answer might surprise you! #OurWater https://t.co/SeUiI5EuWs https://t.co/eh5ej
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HugePossum RT @sallyjewell: Restorative aquaculture is a truly global opportunity – for both ocean conservation and economic development. @nature_org
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HugePossum RT @LynnScarlett1: Playbook for Climate Action https://t.co/TpzDMIKXYa via @nature_org
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HugePossum RT @NatCapCoalition: Plastics Outnumber Baby Fish 7-to-1 in Some Coastal Nurseries: Plastics can enter the food web at a new & unexpected…
HugePossum @april_reside @ayeshatulloch @GibberGrl @geethansen Team Oxley Creek Common covered 5km and found no Snipe - we did… https://t.co/VLjJWeSLae
HugePossum RT @NatCapCoalition: A Better Way to Decrease Disastrous Flooding on the Mississippi River: "Our attempts to wall in a surging Mississipp…
HugePossum RT @Nature_Climate: CEOs from six US companies and two NGOs went to Capitol Hill to lobby Congress for a federal price on carbon. #actoncli
HugePossum RT @sallyjewell: Nature is one of our most powerful defenses against storms, and the insurance industry is starting to take note. New resea…
RKRunting RT @JanepDyson: Our new short (19mins) film - 'Spirit' - is now available to watch online! https://t.co/vo9W9u0u0h Spirit presents an in…
RKRunting RT @ProfLesleyHead: Continuing position, closes Dec 4. LECTURER/SENIOR LECTURER IN ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIAL SCIENCE https://t.co/nYDNlUzp3l
RKRunting RT @ymalhi: Our new paper in @ScienceAdvances looks at carbon and climate impacts of the loss of intact rainforests. When lost future carbo…
RKRunting @aggwarrior @CarlaWildlife @SciMelb Yes! Definitely a hit with the students.
RKRunting Had a particularly fun practical class with my "Spatial Analysis in Geography" students this semester. Thanks to… https://t.co/0tTNySIxcJ
RKRunting RT @ProfLesleyHead: For #climatestrike week, a thread of relevant research from #geogmelb. In our collective life we do lots of different…
RKRunting RT @SofiaLop11: Colombia's government is not doing a great job protecting their vulnerable #pollinators , despite the road map laid out in…
RKRunting RT @ChrisOBryan89: Colombia's policies are killing #pollinators through use of herbicides and pesticides. This coupled with deforestation w…
RKRunting @LauraEllenDee @CUBoulder Congratulations! Your lab sounds awesome :)
christhebirder @mike_young00 Hey Mike sounds like an Action Plan is maybe in the works!
christhebirder RT @ScienceChiefAu: Dr Finkel is in Adelaide tomorrow talking about the origins and importance of citizen #science at #CitSciOz18. Have you…
christhebirder I’m excited to be attending the second Australian Citizen Science Conference in Adelaide this week. It will be inte… https://t.co/NB9Jgz8oxr
christhebirder RT @roconscicom: We're too slow, too inconsistent and invertebrates tend to get ignored when we list threatened species according to @chri
christhebirder RT @austmus: #FrogID is here! It’s a scientific rescue mission and everyone can get involved. By recording #frog calls with our new FrogID…
christhebirder RT @ANUmedia: First critically endangered swift parrot babies of the season!!ANU researcher @teamswiftparrot over the moon to find a 30 day…
christhebirder RT @TSR_Hub: Swift Parrot habitat is being legally logged in Tas under RFA. Loggers exempt from EPBC Act! https://t.co/LbbAquulvM via @C
christhebirder RT @TSR_Hub: Habitat loss is the #1 threat to Australia's species and it makes all the other threats worse https://t.co/IQmAhN8kop via @Con
vivtulloch RT @TaraGMartin: Excited to be working with this incredible group of experts to Prioritize Threat Management for wild salmon recovery in Ca…
vivtulloch RT @april_reside: Sulphur crested cockatoo are gaining on black-throated finch! SC cockatoo are the least worthy of all the cockatoos. Plea…
vivtulloch @EPlaganyi @eafulton @DrJessMT @BlanchardJulia Also female coauthorship - mine is 51% thanks in part to the many ta… https://t.co/Nkx2BMb56K
vivtulloch So happy to share my 2nd all female author paper, this time with legendary female ecological modellers @eafultonhttps://t.co/aSFVlRF15B
vivtulloch RT @ryan_reisinger: A new review by @elhazen and others: "Marine top predators as climate and ecosystem sentinels." https://t.co/SDYr03YwtG
vivtulloch RT @Ash_Stewart_: Absolutely incredible to watch this @jacindaardern video be pinged around the world. In the last 48 hours, it's seemingly…
vivtulloch RT @GriffithARI: “We are failing to protect coastal ecosystems from the multitude of human threats” explains Dr Laura Griffiths. https://t…
vivtulloch Wonderful work being led by by @Hedley_Grantham and @ayeshatulloch to advance conservation research and build capac… https://t.co/JXE7W3AYP4
rubenvli RT @mitchest: When it comes to accuracy assessment in #remotesensing "almost 70% of sampled literature were not adhering to recommended gu…
rubenvli RT @cdkuempel: To get the most immediate benefits from our MPAs we need to put them in places where they can reduce threats. Currently >6 t…
rubenvli RT @bluecology: Underappreciated role of #seagrass #mangroves #saltmarsh in conservation of marine megafauna New pub with @Trends_Ecol_Evo
rubenvli RT @MattIDCarter: New #OA research out today in @SciReports. Sex and region differences in the ontogeny of early-life at-sea behaviours in…
rubenvli @m_pasku @ARC_CEED Hi Marta, you can find it here https://t.co/GNuJLngRv0
rubenvli RT @j_a_mcgowan: Best practice for using marine IBAs in spatial prioritisation new @ConLetters research from @ARC_CEED @DICE_Kent https://t…
rubenvli RT @BrendanGodley: Pls RT. Can companies eg @sainsburys be influenced by RT's of images of ridiculous excessive #plastic ? Aubergines have…
rubenvli RT @HugePossum: If you thought natural world heritage sites were safe, think again @cyclonewatson @jamesecology https://t.co/4S0ORdUDLf
rubenvli Complementing expert priorities and stakeholder preferences for marine management of Moreton Bay #MBQR2016.@NRMecon https://t.co/Oh0jMVVbOL

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