Public policy

One of the major objectives of the CBA is to transfer knowledge, perspectives and challenges amongst scientists and policy makers, and find ways to effectively engage, now and into the future.

Innovative capabilities in biodiversity science are rapidly emerging at the boundaries of evolutionary biology, genomics and spatial ecology. These new concepts and tools have been heralded as having considerable potential to assist with many of the complex issues confronting policy and management such as:

  • climate change and adaptation;
  • conservation planning;
  • habitat fragmentation and restoration;
  • invasive species and biosecurity; and
  • threatened species.

The CBA's 2016 annual conference The interface of evolutionary biology and policy impact addressed the gap between academic research, where the majority of new biodiversity data is being generated, analysed and interpreted; and the current, and future, needs of practical policy development and real-world management.

The interface of evolutionary biology and policy impact​: workshop report (PDF 5.98MB)

Decision Point article: Evolutionary biology - what is it good for?

Climate change and adaptation

Reconstruction of historical patterns of species movement, colonisation, extinction and speciation and understanding the genetic basis of climate adaptation may help understand future dynamics and the potential of evolutionary...

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Conservation planning

The discovery and documenting of species, particularly the detection of cryptic species and the use of phylogenetic diversity to identify stable habitat refugia and biodiversity hotspots, will provide valuable information for...

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Habitat fragmentation and restoration

Habitat fragmentation and restoration

Loss of habitat and fragmentation reduces population sizes and can lower migration rates and genetic connectivity among remaining populations of native species, reducing genetic variability and increasing extinction risk....

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Invasive species & biosecurity

Invasive species and biosecurity

Invasive species such as weeds, feral animals, insects and other invertebrates, diseases, fungi and parasites can have major impacts on biodiversity.   Evolutionary changes in invasive species can increase their impact on native...

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Threatened species

Understanding genetic diversity and gene flow amongst populations of threatened species and the identification of cryptic species, particularly within endangered taxa, is essential for their conservation and management. For...

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