since moved to the National University of Singapore.">

AENZ students run conservation workshop in Fiji

By Steve Pointing 29/07/2014

Earlier this month, Rebecca Jarvis and Steph Borrelle were sponsored to attend the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) Fiji 2014 conference, run by SCB’s Oceania chapter at the University of South Pacific (

They ran a workshop called ‘Bridging the research-implementation gap’ which brought together researchers and practitioners from across the Pacific region to identify and where they sit in the research-implementation gap, how their own motivation and priorities align or diverge from others, and how their own work relates to the scale and extent of conservation priorities in Oceania. The workshop was the most highly subscribed on the run up to the conference and was a lot of fun! All the attendees enjoyed the game storm approach of the workshop, and learned a lot from each other’s diverse knowledge and experiences . Becs and Steph are currently writing up the findings from the workshop… so stay tuned…

Steph gave a presentation about enhancing community-led restoration of seabird driven ecosystems. Her work on the islands in the Hauraki Gulf investigated how seabirds re-colonise islands following the removal of introduced predators and how we can better enhance the outcomes of restoration projects by prioritising islands that would benefit from active seabird restoration actions. 

Rebecca gave a presentation on ‘Public  participation for marine spatial planning’ outlining how the implementation of successful conservation actions is often limited by the inadequate consideration of the social systems in which conservation is embedded. Rebecca discussed how her online survey crowdsourced information from the public on the different ways the Hauraki Gulf, NZ, is used and valued by those who work, live and play there, and how this information can be better combined with environmental and economic data in marine spatial planning. Rebecca received a Certificate of Achievement for being one of the top three student presenters at conference, as well as being recognised as having the Best Student Paper.

To find out what the girls are up to next and to keep up to date, follow them on twitter: @turtleandweasel and @rebecca_jarvis