I am ecstatic to say that the final version of my recent publication is now available at Conservation Biology. Some co-authors and I from the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis and the Quantitative and Applied Ecology group got together a couple of years ago to write about the value of virtual conferencing for ecology and conservation. I’ve written a bit about this process in the past under my old name Hannah Pearson. It was a fantastic experience working with Matthew Malishev, Kylie Soanes, Stuart Jones and Chris Jones on the project.
In a nutshell
Ecologists and conservation researchers often research and express concern about climate change. These same researchers travel long distances to conferences contributing substantively to global carbon emissions that cause climate change.
Many of the world’s biodiversity hotspots and most pressing conservation problems happen in the developing world but the financial cost of travelling to conferences means that many of these researchers are unable to communicate their research or learn from recent research at international conferences.
Holding virtual conferences have the potential to overcome both problems: reducing researchers’ carbon footprint and increasing the accessibility of conferences from more poorly funded institutions such as those in developing countries.