Rich Fuller (University of Queensland), 12 Oct. 2016:

Conserving mobile species

The distributions of many species are dynamic in space and time, with movements ranging from regular and predictable migrations to erratic, resource-driven nomadism. Conserving mobile species is challenging because they ignore political boundaries, and the impact of threats or conservation actions at one site depends on what is happening at other sites that may be thousands of kilometres away or in another jurisdiction. I will cover some of the theoretical underpinnings of mobile species conservation, and illustrate some of the ecological and institutional challenges of conserving mobile species with case studies including nomadism in Australia’s outback, globally coordinated protected area designation, and the collapsing populations of shorebirds that migrate between the Arctic and Australasia. I conclude by outlining how progress can be made to achieve smart, joined up conservation for mobile species, emphasizing the need for improved international collaboration, smart protected area planning, and strategies for dealing simultaneously with multiple threats.

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Short bio:

Richard Fuller is an Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Queensland. He studies how people have affected the natural world around them, and how some of their destructive effects can best be reversed. To answer these questions, the lab group works on pure and applied topics in biodiversity and conservation, spanning the fields of migration ecology, conservation planning and urban ecology. Much of the work is interdisciplinary, focusing on the interactions between people and nature, how these can be enhanced, and how these relationships can be shaped to converge on coherent solutions to the biodiversity crisis. See www.fullerlab.org and www.facebook.com/fullerlab