Postdoctoral position available: better biodiversity offsets for threatened species

We are looking for an outstanding early-career researcher to join our lab as a postdoctoral research fellow. The successful applicant will work collaboratively with a team of people across several universities and organisations in the National Environmental Science Program’s Threatened Species Recovery Hub on the project, “Better offsets for threatened species“.

Offsetting is a relatively new and still-controversial conservation tool. Significant challenges to offset effectiveness for threatened species remain. For example, the vast majority of offsets to date have involved land protection and traditional restoration, which can be expensive, and often have limited and uncertain benefits, which are slow to accrue. This project will identify a suite of Australian threatened species and habitats that most commonly trigger a requirement for offsets, but for which traditional ‘land-based’ offsets are not cost-effective, or for which uncertainty is high. For this suite of species, we will evaluate approaches focussed more directly on threat abatement, including several threat abatement interventions that will be trialled on-ground through linked TSR Hub projects. We will also explore how best to design delivery approaches for such novel offsets, particularly when they require contributions from multiple proponents and investment in threat abatement over the long term.

Click here for all the details on how to apply for this or one of several other postdocs that are now available through The University of Queensland as part of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub. If your interest is in the area of biodiversity offsets, and you have specific questions about the role, you can also contact me by email directly after getting in touch with the central contact person (Hub COO Melanie King). Applications close: 25 Sep 2015 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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Martine Maron on ABC Melbourne 774

Noisy miners in the news: should we consider culling this overabundant native for conservation? See ABC news story here:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-14/native-noisy-miners-cause-more-damage-than-introduced-species/5964328

and listen to an interview with Martine Maron on ABC Melbourne 774 here: http://blogs.abc.net.au/victoria/2014/12/threat-of-the-native-noisy-miner.html?site=melbourne&program=melbourne_saturdays