How can we bridge the gap between scientific research and conservation practice?

What are the barriers and solutions to implementing evidence-based conservation?

These are the questions I asked for my PhD, at the University of Cambridge, England. I determined how to improve conservation practitioners’ use of scientific research in their management decisions in the UK, South Africa and New Zealand, using interdisciplinary methods.

Evidence-based conservation seeks to improve the effectiveness and transparency of conservation management and policy decisions by integrating systematically collated and appraised scientific research with practical experience and the local context.

I developed a framework to categorise the enablers, barriers and solutions of applying science to practice using a review of the environmental and medical literature and semi-structured interviews with 35 conservation practitioners from 12 government and non-government organisations in the United Kingdom and South Africa.

Supervisors: William Sutherland, Lynn Dicks, Christopher Raymond.