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Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.


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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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Social Networks for Coastal Conservation


Wednesday 3 September, 10:00 am

JCU Townsville: Room DB025-001 (Nursing Sciences Lecture room)
Ken Vance-Borland, Executive Director, The Conservation Planning Institute, Corvallis, Oregon.  Spatial analyst, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

JCU Townsville: Room DB025-001 (Nursing Sciences Lecture room)
JCU Cairns: Room A21.001
UQ: Centre for Marine Studies Conference Room


Sustainable natural resources management across the land-sea interface requires collaboration among people working in terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine, and marine ecosystems, and across many sectors of society including government, business, research, non-governmental organisations, and others. Social network analysis can provide insights into the relationships among these diverse participants, and suggest opportunities for new collaborations that might lead to more effective outcomes. I will talk about my background in regional conservation planning in western North America, describe a new paired study of coastal conservation planning in Queensland and Oregon, and present preliminary results of a social network analysis for a portion of the Oregon coast.


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