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Jon Day, PSM

Jon Day, PSM


Post-career PhD candidate


Previously one of the Directors at GBRMPA (1998-2014)


James Cook University



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Jon was an Australian protected area planner and manager for 39 years; 28 years were in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park until his retirement in 2014.

Prior to joining GBRMPA, Jon spent eleven years in terrestrial parks including Kakadu NP and Grampians NP (Victoria). In 1986, he moved into the marine/coastal realm, working in a variety of roles for the Queensland and federal governments, planning and managing the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem and its associated islands. This included GBRMPA Park Management/Planning Officer (1986-90) and seven years coordinating field management for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (1990-97), of which four years were as QPWS Regional Manager.

In 1998 Jon was appointed as a GBRMPA Director; for the following 16 years he was variously responsible for GBR-wide matters including biodiversity conservation, park planning, World Heritage (WH), other heritage matters and commencing the first 5-yearly GBR Outlook Report. Jon’s career highlight was his role in the Representative Areas Program (RAP), the major rezoning program for the entire GBR that occurred between 1999-2003. RAP is today widely considered ‘best practice’, receiving numerous national/international awards. For his efforts, Jon was awarded an Australian Public Service Medal (PSM) and a Smithsonian-Queensland Fellowship.

Jon’s World Heritage experience included attending eleven WH Committee meetings as a government official (1998-2013) and he was appointed as one of three experts comprising Australia’s formal delegation during Australia’s four-year term on the WH Committee (2008-11).

Jon has 70+ peer-reviewed publications and is primary author of 13 book chapters/books (including the ‘Guidelines for applying the IUCN Protected Area Categories to MPAs’) [See CV below for full list of publications].

Jon retired from GBRMPA in 2014 and is currently undertaking a post-career PhD titled ‘Planning and managing the Great Barrier Reef – lessons learned for the future planning of the Reef and implications for MPAs elsewhere’; this is being jointly supervised by Bob Pressey and Helene Marsh, with Tiffany Morrison, Nadine Marshall and Liz Tynan also providing supervisory guidance (see CV below for more details).

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Peer-reviewed publications in 2015-17 (see CV for full list)

1. Hughes TP, Brodie J and Day JC (2015), Securing the Future of the Great Barrier Reef. Nature Climate Change. On-line April 2015; DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2604

2. Day, JC, Laffoley, D. and Zischka, K. (2015) Marine Protected Area Management. Chapter 20 in Protected Area Governance and Management (Eds) Worboys, Lockwood, Kothari, Feary, and Pulsford (2015), pp. 609-650. Australian National University Press, Canberra.

3. Grech A, Pressey RL and Day JC (2015) Coal, Cumulative Impacts, and the Great Barrier Reef. Conservation Letters, 9(3):200-207

4. Day, JC (2015). Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) – one of the fundamental tools to help achieve effective marine conservation in the Great Barrier Reef. Chapter 6 in Marine Spatial Planning and International law: A Transboundary Perspective, Hassan, Kuokkanen and Soininen (Eds). Earthscan, Routledge

5. Hughes TP, Cameron DS, Chin A, Connolly SR, Day JC, Jones GP, et al. (2016) A critique of claims for negative impacts of Marine Protected Areas on fisheries. Ecological Applications, 26(2): 637–641.

6. Day, JC (2016) The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – the grandfather of modern MPAs. Chapter 5 (pp. 65-97) in Big, Bold and Blue: Lessons from Australia’s Marine Protected Areas, (Eds) Fitzsimmons and Wescott. CSIRO Publishing. ISBN: 9781486301942

7. Agardy T, Claudet J and Day JC (2016) ‘Dangerous Targets’ revisited: Old dangers in new contexts plague marine protected areas. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems (Suppl. 2): 7-23 (2016)

8. N Dudley, JC Day, D Laffoley, M Hockings and S Stolton (2016)  Defining marine protected areas: A response to Horta e Costa et al. Marine Policy 77: 191192. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.11.024

9. R Nicoll and JC Day (2017). Correct application of the IUCN protected area management categories to the CCAMLR Convention AreaMarine Policy 77: 9–12

10. Bennett, Teh, Ota, Christie, Ayers, Day JC, Franks, Gill, et al  (2017). An appeal for a code of conduct for marine conservation. Marine Policy 81: 411–418

11. Heron, SF, CM Eakin, F Douvere, K Anderson, JC Day, E Geiger, et al (2017). Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Coral Reefs: A first scientific assessment. UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Paris.

12. Day JC (2017) How effective is the management of the Great Barrier Reef? ICES Journal of Marine Science (2017). doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsx095

13. Christie P, Bennet NJ, Gray N, Wilhelm A, Lewis, N, Parks J, Ban NC, Gruby, R, Gordon L, Day JC, Taei S, and Friedlander A. (2017).  Why people matter in ocean governance: Incorporating human dimensions into large-scale marine protected areas.  Marine Policy 84: 273-284.  doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2017.08.002

14.  Day JC (2017).  Effective Public Participation is Fundamental for Marine Conservation – Lessons from a Large-scale MPACoastal Management 45(6):470-486 + Supplementary 

15. Gray NJ, Bennett NJ, Day JC, Gruby RL, Wilhelm TA and Christie P (2017). Human Dimensions of Large-scale Marine Protected Areas: Advancing Reserach and PracticeCoastal Management 45(6):407-415 

16.  Day JC and CSIRO friends (2017).  Dr Max Day AO FAA – a champion for science, the environment and forestry: an obituary. Australian Forestry, 2017.  doi.org/10.1080/00049158.2017.1395785

17. Lewis, N, Day JC, Wilhelm, A, Wagner, D, Gaymer, C, Park, J, Friedlander, A, White, S, Sheppard, C, Spalding, M, et al. (2017).  Large-scale Marine Protected Areas: Guidelines for Design and Management. BPG No. 26.  148 pp. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland

 

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