Hugh Possingham – Thu 18 Feb 2021

Thursday 18 February 2021

09:00 UK time / 19:00 Australian Eastern time

Professor Hugh Possingham

Queensland Chief Scientist

What is the value of monitoring, evidence, data and science for nature conservation outcomes?

Most conservation scientists were trained in ecology (although that is changing rapidly) and as ecologists, we were trained to pose and test null hypotheses about how ecological systems work. But has this training served us well for gathering the most important information for delivering conservation outcomes?

I will discuss different aspects of data, science, and evidence, how it can be used for conservation, and argue that maybe the most interesting ecological questions are not always the data that will make the biggest difference on the ground.

About the speaker

Hugh Possingham is a world-renowned scientist with a highly distinguished career during which he has published over 610 peer-reviewed papers and supervised 135 doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. He has years of experience working in the interface between science policy and practice, is the former Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy, and sits on the AER Advisory Board.

Watch Hugh’s talk here

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