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 50 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 SNAPP executive director, Craig Groves, was published in 2015.
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.
Eddie is using sound data to help answer one of the most vexing questions in conservation: How do we know that our actions are actually conserving animal biodiversity in tropical forests?
Eddie gives the keynote at StemX Brisbane, highlighting three Conservancy projects where remote-sensing data are driving conservation science.
Scientific American covers Eddie's work testing the use of
Eddie speaks to ABC North West WA about feral camels and water holes in Martu Country.
Smithsonian Magazine interviews Eddie on how
Visit Eddie's Google Scholar Profile for a full list of publications.
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.
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.
Cool Green Science features Eddie's research exploring the use of mobile phones to track human well-being impacts of conservation projects.
How can conservation
Brown, C., Parker, B., Ahmadia, G.N., Ardiwijaya, R., Purwanto, P. & Game, E.T. (2017). The cost of enforcing marine protected areas to achieve ecological targets. bioRxiv, 216598.
Burivalova, Z., Towsey, M., Boucher, T., Truskinger, A., Apelis, C., Roe, P. & Game, E.T. (2017). Using soundscapes to detect variable degrees of human influence on tropical forests in Papua New Guinea. Conservation Biology.
Annis, G.M., Pearsall, D.R., Kahl, K.J., Washburn, E.L., May, C.A., Taylor, R.F., Cole, J.B., Ewert, D.N., Game, E.T. & Doran, P.J. (2017). Designing coastal conservation to deliver ecosystem and human well-being benefits. PLOS ONE, 12, e0172458.
Thurstan, R.H., Game, E. & Pandolfi, J.M. (2017). Popular media records reveal multi-decadal trends in recreational fishing catch rates. PLOS ONE, 12, e0182345.
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
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.
Game, E.T., Schwartz, M.W. & Knight, A.T. (2015).
Groves, C. & Game, E. (2015). Conservation Planning: Informed Decisions for a Healthier Planet. 1 edition. Macmillan Learning, New York.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Bottrill, M.C., Mills, M., Pressey, R.L., Game, E.T. & Groves, C. (2012). Evaluating
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.
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.
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.
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.