James Fitzsimons

james-fitzsimonsJames Fitzsimons is Director of Conservation for the Australia Program where he oversees the organization’s conservation planning, science and policy functions for that country. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy he was a senior project officer with the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council developing recommendations for public land use along Australia’s largest river, the Murray. Prior to this he was with the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment, where he worked on protected area and conservation policy issues, and was instrumental in selecting and purchasing endangered grasslands, grassy woodlands and wetlands for addition to the National Reserve System - significantly increasing the reservation of these ecosystems in southeastern Australia. His PhD research focused on the ecological, social, governance and legal aspects of multi-tenure reserve networks – networks which sought to integrate the management of public and private conservation lands. He is the author of numerous papers on practical conservation planning, protected area and land use policy and legislation and wildlife ecology and has co-edited two books (Innovation for 21st Century Conservation and Linking Australia’s Landscapes).


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Science Video: Why Do We Value Some Species More Than Others?

Why does one endangered species get lots of conservation attention, while a similar one doesn’t? In the case of two very similar threatened birds, says a new video from Australia, it’s about familiarity and values.

Posted In: Australia, Birds, Science
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The Charismatic and Elusive Birds of Manus Island

Want to see a Manus Friarbird? Birder and conservation scientist James Fitzsimons will point you in the right direction on this off-the-beaten track birding destination.

Posted In: Birds, Science, Travel
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