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Jon Day, PSM

Jon Day, PSM

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, including GBRMPA Park Management/Planning Officer (1986-90) and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (1990-97) including four years as QPWS Regional Manager.

As a GBRMPA Director (1998-2014), Jon was variously responsible for matters including biodiversity conservation, park planning, World Heritage (WH), other heritage matters and commencing the first Outlook Report. For his efforts coordinating the Representative Areas Program (RAP, the major rezoning program for the entire GBR between 1999-2003), Jon was awarded an Australian Public Service Medal (PSM) and a Smithsonian-Queensland Fellowship. RAP is today widely considered ‘best practice’, receiving numerous national/international awards.

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 60+ peer-reviewed publications and is primary author of 12 book chapters/books (including the ‘Guidelines for applying the IUCN Protected Area Categories to MPAs’) [See CV below for full list of publications].

Jon 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 (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, xxxx 2015, 00(0), 1–8

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  

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


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Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au