Symposia Organised

  • 2017
    The International Congress on Conservation Biology: Conservation planning, where is it now, what is its potential and how do we get there?
    I conceived of this symposium, recruited all speakers and was successful in my application to The Society for Conservation Biology. Including talks from governments, NGOs and private entities, we presented a full picture of the state of the art of conservation planning. Talks included:

     

    Who, Why, Where and How? A global review of spatial conservation prioritizations in both the peer reviewed and grey literature.

    By Sam Lloyd from Imperial College London.

     

    Using conservation planning as part of government decision making. Lessons from South African practice.

    By Fahiema Daniels from The South African National Biodiversity Institute.

     

    Conservation planning for businesses: reducing uncertainties, cutting costs and improving conservation outcomes.

    By Eugenie Regan from The Biodiversity Consultancy.

     

    Implementing No Net Loss, experiences from planning for biodiversity offsets in Mozambique.

    By Hugo Rainey from The Wildlife Conservation Society.

     

    Moving from conservation plans to accountable actions. Lessons from Tanzanian chimp conservation.

    By Nick Salafksy from Foundations of Success.

Lectures and Presentations

  • 2017
    Biodiversity Planning Forum: A global review of conservation prioritisation
    I was honoured to be invited to give the opening plenary at this conference. I presented my global review of conservation prioritization and invited the practitioners to publish their impressive achievements in the peer reviewed literature.
  • 2016
    Biodiversity Planning Forum: The role of social dynamics in the implementation of systematic conservation planning in South Africa
    At this conference I presented early findings from my PhD.
  • 2016
    Conservation Colloquium, Wild CRU, The University of Oxford: Understanding environmental decision making in practice
    At this colloquium I presented my PhD research to a biological conservation research unit.
  • 2016
    The Biodiversity Consultancy, invited lecture: Understanding environmental decision making in practice
    I gave a one hour invited lecture to The Biodiversity Consultancy on the practicalities of environmental impact assessment decision making in South Africa.
  • 2016
    Oxford Long Term Ecology Lab, Oxford University, invited lecture: Understanding environmental decision making in practice
    I presented this 90 minute interactive lecture on the social dynamics of government decision making to a lab that pioneers the use of complex ecological models to inform and facilitate payment for ecosystem service markets.
  • 2016
    Imperial College London, Conservation Science Msc : The practicalities of biodiversity offsetting
    I presented this three hour interactive lecture to the Conservation Science Masters course at Imperial College London.
  • 2016
    Imperial College London, Conservation Science Msc: The practicalities of implementing systematic conservation plans
    I used this opportunity to teach masters students about the practicalities of bridging the gap between theory and practice in conservation planning.
  • 2016
    Invited symposium at Jesus College Oxford to Professor Grenyer's research group
    I Was invited by Professor Grenyer to present my work to his group. Over the course of two hours we debated and discussed my research.
  • 2015
    Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice: Understanding the social dynamics that govern environmental decision making.
    I presented early findings from my research on the previously unexplored social aspects of environmental decision making.
  • 2015
    Biodiversity Planning Forum: Studying the effectiveness of systematic conservation planning in practice
    At this conference I presented my proposed research methods to the community of practice with the aim of receiving feedback.
  • 2012
    Oxford Brookes Conservation Ecology Msc: The challenges of international conservation
    I was invited to present this lecture on the research of my organisation in order to provide an international context.
  • 2012
    Imperial College London, Conservation Science Msc: The conservation potential of participatory ecotourism
    I had the honour of giving this three hour lecture to the Masters course I had attended myself 18 months earlier. I presented a debate on the costs and benefits of participatory ecotourism.
  • 2012
    Manchester Metropolitan University, Msc Conservation Biology: The conservation potential of participatory ecotourism
    I presented a debate on the costs and benefits of participatory ecotourism via a three hour lecture which included an exercise.
  • 2011
    Manchester Metropolitan University, Msc Conservation Biology: The conservation potential of participatory ecotourism
    I presented a debate on the costs and benefits of participatory ecotourism via a three hour lecture which included an exercise.
  • 2011
    Dar Es Salaam University, Nairobi: The challenges of tackling different stakeholders
    As part of my collaboration with Dar Es Salaam University I presented a lecture on how to approach dealing with stakeholders of different backgrounds.

Workshops Organised

  • 2017
    Understanding the global state of conservation prioritization
    I organised this workshop to examine, discuss and debate the results of my global review of spatial conservation prioritization. Including scientists from Imperial College London, The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology and The University of Oxford.
  • 2017
    What lessons can the global community take from biodiversity offsetting in South Africa?
    This workshop is the basis of my CEED visiting fellowship grant. I will present my empirical findings from South Africa to a collective of world leading experts in Melbourne. We will collectively debate the inferences that can be made for biodiversity offsetting practice and policy at a global scale.
  • 2014
    How do we assess the impact of South Africa's conservation plans?
    I organised this workshop in collaboration with The South African National Biodiversity Institute. Bringing together practitioners from multiple provinces, sectors and organisations we discussed potential approaches for understanding the role that conservation plans have played in the management of South African natural resources. This workshop played a key role in directing my PhD research.

Workshops Attended

  • 2017
    Publishing South Africa's conservation planning advances
    Due to my longstanding collaboration with The South African Biodiversity Institute I was invited to Kruger National Park to be part of a core team. We developed comprehensive plans for three exciting papers.
  • 2015
    Grand Challenges: Conservation Planning Workshop
    I participated in this global level conservation planning workshop aimed at identifying opportunities for the field. This debate brought together academics from Imperial College London, The University of Oxford, The University of Queensland and The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology.
  • 2016
    Interdisciplinary Conservation Network workshop
    I was successful in gaining a place at this highly competitive workshop in Oxford. The resulting publications are currently in peer review.