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Eddie Game

Eddie Game

Senior Scientist

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.  

Currently Eddie is helping evolve our planning and monitoring methods to match the Conservancy’s evolving mission, which includes greater emphasis on valuing nature, human wellbeing, engagement with other sectors, and adapting to climate change. He works globally and has helped 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. He has previously worked in fisheries and marine conservation for the Australian government.  Eddie has published over 25 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. Eddie has been nominated as an outstanding early career researcher by the Australian Academy of Science, and 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. He is an editor of the journals Conservation Letters and Conservation Biology.

Eddie lives in Brisbane, Australia and spends his evenings trying to catch lizards with his son. 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.



Game, E. T., E. Meijaard, D. Sheil & E. McDonald-Madden. 2013. Conservation in a wicked complex world; challenges and solutions. Conservation Letters doi: 10.1111/conl.12050.


Game, E. T., JA Fitzsimons, G Lipsett-Moore, E McDonald-Madden 2013. Subjective risk assessment for planning conservation projects. Environmental Research Letters 8:45027-45038.

Game, E. T., P. Kareiva, and H. P. Possingham. 2013. Six common mistakes in conservation priority setting. Conservation Biology 27:480-485.


MC Bottrill, M Mills, RL Pressey, ET Game, C Groves 2012. Evaluating perceived benefits of ecoregional assessments. Conservation Biology 26:851-861.

McLeod, E., A. Green, E. T. Game, K. Anthony, J. Cinner, S. F. Heron, J. Kleypas, C. E. Lovelock, J. M. Pandolfi, R. L. Pressey, R. Salm, S. Schill and C. Woodroffe. 2012. Integrating Climate and Ocean Change Vulnerability into Conservation Planning. Coastal Management 40:651-672.


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

Hobday, A. J., E. T. Game, H. S. Grantham and A. J. Richardson 2011. Conserving the largest habitat on earth: protected areas in the pelagic ocean. In J. Claudet, Ed., Marine Protected Areas: Effects, networks and monitoring - A multidisciplinary approach. Cambridge University Press - Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation Series. Pages 347-373.

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


McDonald-Madden, E., P. W. J. Baxter, R. A. Fuller, T. G. Martin, E. T. Game, J. Montambault, and H. P. Possingham. 2010. Monitoring doesn't always count. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 25:547-550.

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


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

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


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

Game, E.T., E. McDonald-Madden, M. L. Puotinen, and H. P. Possingham. 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., M. Watts, S. Wooldridge, and H. Possingham. 2008. Planning for persistence in marine reserves: a question of catastrophic importance. Ecological Applications 18:670-680.

Eddie Game

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