The benefit of connections
Collaboration and engagement is a crucial part of all research.
Research activities for assisting the recovery of threatened species need to consider a diverse range of complex and uncertain issues: threatening processes, a fluctuating environment, human behaviour and the ecology of both the threatened species and the other species it interacts with.
Such complexity needs people with different areas of expertise, from field ecology and modelling to economics and psychology.
While university researchers are usually highly connected through conferences, workshops and easy access to the literature, it is essential we extend that connectivity to all the stakeholders and partners in our projects. Consequently the TSR Hub uses teleconferences and workshops as cost-effective and essential components to harness the new ideas and wisdom of collaborators and end-users and maximise research outcomes.
The TSR Hub has close to 100 collaborating partners. All our project leaders and staff are committed to communicating and engaging with these partners in all phases of the research process – it is not altruistic; it helps us achieve the goal of delivering research that will make a difference on the ground and in policy.
Professor Hugh Possingham
Main image: Scanning for Leadbeater's possums, Lachie McBurney.