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  • 1.  Research and Biodiversity and Climate Change

    Posted 07-29-2019 07:40

    Hello everyone,


    I am undertaking research relevant to the Future Earth network, and I am posting here to see if you are willing to participate and share a survey with your networks.

    The research is on the topic of biodiversity conservation and climate change. The survey investigates how the preferences of experts influences conservation practice, particularly as we are seeing more dramatic changes to ecosystems in the Anthropocene. We know that the preferences of experts influence the ways we adapt and change conservation practice in the Anthropocene but there's limited research as to how this relates to biodiversity and climate change. In this case, we are defining "experts" as practitioners, academics, and also those who work in relevant policy and decision making organisations (whether they are government, NGOs, or private sector).


    I am working with colleagues Prof Pat Kennedy (Oregon State University) and Dr Rachel Standish (Murdoch University) to administer a survey that examines how experts perceive the challenges of climate change relative to other pressures on ecosystems, and explores how their preferences might influence conservation practice. Insights from this survey will help identify some of the key challenges, research needs, and potential pathways to support climate change adaptation. It will also inform my work for my forthcoming book, Governing the Anthropocene.


    Would you be willing to a) complete the survey, and b) distribute it to relevant colleagues and/or networks? It will take about 20 minutes completing the survey, which is available here:


    We are also keen to get broad coverage in disciplinary expertise and experience, as well as geography, so would you be willing to distribute this to your network? Previous work has been very focused on North America and often doesn't get a good balance of practitioners and academics or career stage. In addition, if you have recommendations for other people or organisations we should contact directly, please let me know.


    This study has received ethical approval from the University of Liverpool (Application #3256). More information about the study can be found here: If you have any questions about the survey or the ethical aspects, please contact me at


    I hope you and your colleagues will take the time to complete and share the survey. Your time is greatly appreciated and will contribute to discussion and debate about how to manage biodiversity in the Anthropocene. We hope to receive your response to the survey by 30 August 2019.


    Kind regards,





    Dr Sarah Clement

    Lecturer, Environmental Planning and Management

    Department of Geography and Planning | University of Liverpool

    Roxby Building | Liverpool L69 7ZT

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