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Training future generations to deliver evidence-based conservation and ecosystem management


Downey, H and Amano, T and Cadotte, M and Cook, N and Cooke, SJ and Haddaway, NR and Jones, JPG and Littlewood, N and Walsh, JC and Abrahams, MI and Adum, G and Akasaka, M and Alves, JA and Antwis, RE and Arellano, EC and Axmacher, J and Barclay, H and Batty, L and Benitez-Lopez, A and Bennett, JR and Berg, MJ and Bertolino, S and Biggs, D and Bolam, FC and Bray, T and Brook, BW and Bull, JW and Burivalova, Z and Cabeza, M and Chauvenet, ALM and Christie, AlP and Cole, L and Cotton, AJ and Cotton, S and Cousins, SAO and Craven, D and Cresswell, W and Cusack, JJ and Dalrymple, SE and Davies, ZG and Diaz, A and Dodd, JA and Felton, A and Fleishman, E and Gardner, CJ and Garside, R and Ghoddousi, A and Gilroy, JJ and Gill, DA and Gill, JA and Glew, L and Grainger, MJ and Grass, AA and Greshon, S and Gundry, J and Hart, T and Hopkins, CR and Howe, C and Johnson, A and Jones, KW and Jordan, NR and Kadoya, T and Kerhoas, D and Koricheva, J and Lee, TM and Lengyel, S and Livingstone, SW and Lyons, A and McCabe, G and Millett, J and Montes Strevens, C and Moolna, A and Mossman, HL and Mukherjee, N and Munoz-Saez, A and Negroes, N and Norfolk, O and Osawa, T and Papworth, S and Park, KJ and Pellet, J and Phillott, AD and Plotnik, JM and Priatna, D and Ramos, AG and Randall, N and Richards, RM and Ritchie, EG and Roberts, DL and Rocha, R and Rodriguez, JP and Sanderson, R and Sasaki, T and Savilaakso, S and Sayer, C and Sekercioglu, C and Senzaki, M and Smith, G and Smith, RJ and Soga, M and Soulsbury, CD and Steer, MD and Stewart, G and Strange, EF and Suggitt, AJ and Thompson, RRJ and Thompson, S and Thornhill, I and Trevelyan, RJ and Usieta, HO and Venter, O and Webber, AD and White, RL and Whittingham, MJ and Wilby, A and Yarnell, RW and Zamora, V and Sutherland, WJ, Training future generations to deliver evidence-based conservation and ecosystem management, Ecological Solutions and Evidence, 2, (1) Article e12032. ISSN 2688-8319 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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2021 The Authors. Ecological Solutions and Evidence published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Ecological Society. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License (, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited

DOI: doi:10.1002/2688-8319.12032


1. To be effective, the next generation of conservation practitioners and managers need to be critical thinkers with a deep understanding of how to make evidence‐based decisions and of the value of evidence synthesis.

2. If, as educators, we do not make these priorities a core part of what we teach, we are failing to prepare our students to make an effective contribution to conservation practice.

3. To help overcome this problem we have created open access online teaching materials in multiple languages that are stored in Applied Ecology Resources. So far, 117 educators from 23 countries have acknowledged the importance of this and are already teaching or about to teach skills in appraising or using evidence in conservation decision‐making. This includes 145 undergraduate, postgraduate or professional development courses.

4. We call for wider teaching of the tools and skills that facilitate evidence‐based conservation and also suggest that providing online teaching materials in multiple languages could be beneficial for improving global understanding of other subject areas.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:critical thinking, education, evidence, open access
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Brook, BW (Professor Barry Brook)
ID Code:144151
Year Published:2021
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (FL160100101)
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2021-04-26
Last Modified:2021-05-04
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