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Eddie Game


Eddie Game

Lead Scientist, Asia Pacific Region

Eddie Game is Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific region, responsible for ensuring that the Conservancy remains a world leader in making science-based conservation decisions. Eddie’s work also focuses on how we measure and report on the impact of our work, and the role technology can play in helping do so.

Eddie has previously been the conservation planning R&D lead for The Nature Conservancy’s global science program and has worked on conservation projects in over 15 countries, helping to apply innovative methods and analyses to projects as diverse as community protected areas in Melanesia, grazing management in northern Kenya, and catchment restoration in Colombia.

He has published more than 30 papers on aspects of conservation science including climate change adaptation, conservation planning, efficient monitoring, return on investment, risk analysis, marine protected areas, coral reef resilience, connectivity, dynamic decision making, and evolution. For his work on how climate change data can be used in decision making he was the recipient of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s inaugural prize for innovative concepts to conserve the reef in the face of climate change. Eddie is also the author of the manual for the world’s most widely used conservation planning software, Marxan.

His first book, Conservation Planning: Informed Decisions for a Healthier Planet co-authored with SNAP executive director, Craig Groves, was published in 2015. 

Eddie is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Conservation Letters, a rare honour for an NGO scientist.

Eddie received his PhD in marine conservation and decision science from the University of Queensland, and holds an adjunct faculty position there.

He has explored some of the world’s least visited destinations and has written for magazines including Outdoor and Australian Geographic on adventures such as mountain biking in Kyrgyzstan and kayaking in Greenland. 

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Blogs by Eddie

Where Camels & Kangaroos Roam

The country belonging to the Martu people of Western Australia is one of the most intact aridlands on earth. But water is at a premium, and feral camels are drinking that water. Yes, camels. Eddie writes for Cool Green Science.

Studies by Eddie

Eddie in the News

Publications

Studies

Combining the Where and How of Conservation Planning

What do decision science, good evidence, and creative data have to do with drafting an effective conservation plan? Cool Green Science sat down with scientist Craig Groves to talk about his new book, co-authored with Eddie Game.

Eavesdropping on the Sounds of the Rainforest

Eddie and fellow scientist Tim Boucher venture deep into the mountains of Papua New Guinea to record the soundscape of the forest, gathering biodiversity data for conservation land-use planning. Cool Green Science writer Justine E. Hausheer joins them to report on the research.

How Can Mobile Phones Help Conservation?

Cool Green Science features Eddie's research exploring the use of mobile phones to track human well-being impacts of conservation projects.

How to Tackle Wicked Conservation Problems?

How can conservation can learn from counter-insurgency? Eddie's research is featured in Cool Green Science.

Articles
2016

McDonald-Madden, E., Sabbadin, R., Game, E.T., Baxter, P.W.J., Chades, I., & Possingham, H.P. (2016). Using food-web theory to conserve ecosystems. Nature Communications, 7, 10245. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms10245

2015

Anthony, K.R.N., Marshall, P.A., Abdulla, A., Beeden, R., Bergh, C., Black, R., Eakin, C.M., Game, E.T., Gooch, M., Graham, N.A.J.,et al. (2015). Operationalizing resilience for adaptive coral reef management under global environmental change. Glob. Change Biol., 21, 48–61.

Game, E.T., Schwartz, M.W. & Knight, A.T. (2015). Policy relevant conservation science. Conservation Letters, 8, 309–311.

2014

Adams, V.M., Game, E.T. & Bode, M. (2014). Synthesis and review: delivering on conservation promises: the challenges of managing and measuring conservation outcomes. Environ. Res. Lett., 9, 085002.

Ban, N.C., Bax, N.J., Gjerde, K.M., Devillers, R., Dunn, D.C., Dunstan, P.K., Hobday, A.J., Maxwell, S.M., Kaplan, D.M., Pressey, R.L., Ardron, J.A., Game, E.T. & Halpin, P.N. (2014). Systematic conservation planning: a better recipe for managing the high seas for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. Conservation Letters, 7, 41–54.

Ban, N.C., Maxwell, S.M., Dunn, D.C., Hobday, A.J., Bax, N.J., Ardron, J., Gjerde, K.M., Game, E.T., Devillers, R., Kaplan, D.M., Dunstan, P.K., Halpin, P.N. & Pressey, R.L. (2014). Better integration of sectoral planning and management approaches for the interlinked ecology of the open oceans. Marine Policy, 49, 127–136.

Game, E.T., Meijaard, E., Sheil, D. & McDonald-Madden, E. (2014). Conservation in a wicked complex world; challenges and solutions. Conservation Letters, 7, 271–277.

Moon, K., Adams, V.M., Januchowski-Hartley, S.R., Polyakov, M., Mills, M., Biggs, D., Knight, A.T., Game, E.T. & Raymond, C.M. (2014). A multidisciplinary conceptualization of conservation opportunity. Conservation Biology, 28, 1484–1496.

Moray, C., Game, E.T. & Maxted, N. (2014). Prioritising in situ conservation of crop resources: A case study of African cowpea (Vigna unguiculata). Scientific Reports, 4.

Tear, T.H., Stratton, B.N., Game, E.T., Brown, M.A., Apse, C.D. & Shirer, R.R. (2014). A return-on-investment framework to identify conservation priorities in Africa. Biological Conservation, 173, 42–52.

2013

Game, E.T., Fitzsimons, J.A., Lipsett-Moore, G. & McDonald-Madden, E. (2013). Subjective risk assessment for planning conservation projects. Environ. Res. Lett., 8, 045027.

Game, E.T., Kareiva, P. & Possingham, H.P. (2013). Six common mistakes in conservation priority setting. Conservation Biology, 27, 480–485.

2012

Bottrill, M.C., Mills, M., Pressey, R.L., Game, E.T. & Groves, C. (2012). Evaluating perceived benefits of ecoregional assessments. Conservation Biology, 26, 851–861.

McLeod, E., Green, A., Game, E., Anthony, K., Cinner, J., Heron, S.F., Kleypas, J., Lovelock, C.E., Pandolfi, J.M., Pressey, R.L., Salm, R., Schill, S. & Woodroffe, C. (2012). Integrating climate and ocean change vulnerability into conservation planning. Coastal Management, 40, 651–672.

2011 

Game, E.T., Lipsett-Moore, G., Hamilton, R., Peterson, N., Kereseka, J., Atu, W., Watts, M. & Possingham, H. (2011). Informed opportunism for conservation planning in the Solomon Islands. Conservation Letters, 4, 38–46.

Game, E.T., Lipsett-Moore, G., Saxon, E., Peterson, N. & Sheppard, S. (2011). Incorporating climate change adaptation into national conservation assessments. Global Change Biology, 17, 3150–3160.

Hobday, A.J., Game, E.T., Grantham, H.S. & Richardson, A.J. (2011). Conserving the largest habitat on Earth: protected areas in the pelagic ocean. In: Marine Protected Areas: a multidisciplinary approach, Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation (ed. Claudet, J.). Cambridge University Press, pp. 347–372.

2010 

Beger, M., Linke, S., Watts, M., Game, E., Treml, E., Ball, I. & Possingham, H.P. (2010). Incorporating asymmetric connectivity into spatial decision making for conservation. Conservation Letters, 3, 359–368.

McDonald-Madden, E., Baxter, P.W.J., Fuller, R.A., Martin, T.G., Game, E.T., Montambault, J. & Possingham, H.P. (2010). Monitoring does not always count. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 25, 547–550.

2009 

Game, E.T., Bode, M., McDonald-Madden, E., Grantham, H.S. & Possingham, H.P. (2009). Dynamic marine protected areas can improve the resilience of coral reef systems. Ecology Letters, 12, 1336–1346.

Game, E.T., Grantham, H.S., Hobday, A.J., Pressey, R.L., Lombard, A.T., Beckley, L.E., Gjerde, K., Bustamante, R., Possingham, H.P. & Richardson, A.J. (2009). Pelagic protected areas: the missing dimension in ocean conservation. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 24, 360–369.

2008 

Bottrill, M.C., Joseph, L.N., Carwardine, J., Bode, M., Cook, C., Game, E.T., Grantham, H., Kark, S., Linke, S., McDonald-Madden, E., Pressey, R.L., Walker, S., Wilson, K.A. & Possingham, H.P. (2008). Is conservation triage just smart decision making? Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 23, 649–654.

Game, E.T., McDonald-Maddn, E., Puotinen, M.L. & Possingham, H.P. (2008). Should we protect the strong or the weak? Risk, resilience, and the selection of Marine Protected Areas. Conservation Biology, 22, 1619–1629.

Game, E.T., Watts, M.E., Wooldridge, S. & Possingham, H.P. (2008). Planning for persistence in marine reserves: a question of catastrophic importance. Ecological Applications, 18, 670–680.

Eddie Game leads conservation planning R&D for the Conservancy’s Central Science team. He is responsible for ensuring that the Conservancy remains a world leader in making science based conservation decisions, can robustly report on our impact, and that we get the greatest return for our conservation investments. Eddie has worked on conservation projects in over 15 countries, helping to apply innovative methods and analyses to projects as diverse as community protected areas in the Solomon Islands, grazing management in northern Kenya, and catchment restoration in Colombia.

Eddie completed his PhD at the University of Queensland under Professor Hugh Possingham, and holds an adjunct faculty position there. Eddie has published over 30 peer reviewed articles on topics including climate change adaptation, conservation planning, efficient monitoring, return on investment, risk analysis, marine protected areas, coral reef resilience, connectivity, dynamic decision making, and evolution. He is also author of the manual for the world’s most widely used conservation planning software, Marxan. His first book, Conservation Planning: Informed Decisions for a Healthier Planet co-authored with SNAP executive director, Craig Groves, was published in 2015.

Eddie was the recipient of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s inaugural prize for innovative concepts to conserve the reef in the face of climate change. Eddie is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Conservation Letters and serves on the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology. He has explored some of the world’s least visited destinations and has written for magazines including Outdoor and Australian Geographic on adventures such as mountain biking in Kyrgyzstan and kayaking in Greenland.

Read some of his blog posts on Cool Green Science.

Contact

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E-mail: ghenrich-koenis@tnc.org

Areas of Expertise

  • Science in Decision Making
  • Field Expeditions
  • Evidence
  • Monitoring
  • Technology
  • Climate Change

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