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From 2005 to 2022, the main node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies was headquartered at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland (Australia)

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Potential collaborations in dynamic conservation planning and scenario-based conservation


12.00pm, Thursday 14 April 2011

ARC Centre of Excellence Conference Room 114, Sir George Fisher Building, JCU (DB32)
Piero Visconti, Ph.D. student

Piero is about to complete is PhD thesis in Conservation Planning with Prof. Bob Pressey. His research interest include prioritizing conservation actions through space and time, scenario-based conservation, global conservation prioritization  and land use change modeling. Piero’s PhD is in co-tutelle with the University La Sapienza in Rome, with whom he will work on future projects on global priorities for terrestrial mammals.

email address: pierovisconti@gmail.com

Piero Visconti, PhD candidate
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4811 Australia


Global Mammal Assessment programme
Department of Biology and Biotechnology
Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy.

Personal URL: http://www.gisbau.uniroma1.it/pieroVisconti.php
SCB student affair wiki-page http://scb-students.wikispaces.com


Before leaving the centre and the country Piero thought it would be good to let you know what are his professional plans for the next couple of years. While his research is mostly terrestrial there are still many opportunities to collaborate on research projects in dynamic conservation planning and scenario-based conservation, a research topic in which he is  becoming more interested.
His immediate projects include a global analysis of the effectiveness of existing protected areas in ensuring the persistence of terrestrial mammals; investigating the extent to which protected area expansion can mitigate future projected extinctions of terrestrial mammals; and finally, an ambitious one… answering Stuart Pimm’s question: ” Climate Change or Habitat Loss -Which Will Kill More Specie (Bioscience 2008)”.
All of the above could well be developed with joint research grants and presented at exciting new conferences coming up in Europe.
As well as conducting exciting researching, upon his return to Europe he is planning on eating a lot of good food and I encourage you all to visit to experience it yourself.


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