Prof Stephen Garnett

Theme 6 Leader
Charles Darwin University

Stephen Garnett has been working on threatened species conservation for over thirty years and is the Professor of Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University.

Stephen wrote the first action plan for Australian birds in 1992 and led subsequent iterations in 2000 and 2011. He has worked in the field on Golden-shouldered Parrots on Cape York Peninsula and Glossy Black-Cockatoos on Kangaroo Island.

Since 2003, Stephen has coordinated the BirdLife Australia Threatened Species Committee which advises the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on the Red List status of Australian birds. In 2014, he was appointed as Councillor for birds with the Convention on Migratory Species.

Recognising that conservation is more about people than biology, Stephen’s research in the last decade has increasingly expanded to include people and policy, particularly among Indigenous peoples in northern Australia and others in the broader region whose livelihoods are directly connected to the environments in which they live.

This research also encompasses economic issues on the basis that conservation will only succeed if biodiversity is valued, so understanding human values is fundamental to any conservation endeavour.

Projects
Publications
Research and management priorities for the Christmas Island frigatebird
TSR Hub
Strategic planning for the Far Eastern Curlew: Final report December 2020
TSR Hub
Reptiles on the brink: identifying the Australian terrestrial snake and lizard species most at risk of extinction
Pacific Conservation Biology
Big trouble for little fish: identifying Australian freshwater fishes in imminent risk of extinction - Journal
Pacific Conservation Biology
Science for Saving Species Magazine Issue 15 2020
TSR Hub
Improved budgetary planning for threatened species and ecological community recovery plans
TSR Hub
An artificial site provides valuable additional habitat to migratory shorebirds in a tropical harbour
Pacific Conservation Biology
Quantifying Indigenous people’s contributions to threatened species management - Factsheet
TSR Hub
Strategic Planning for the Far Eastern Curlew - Progress Report 5
TSR Hub
After the catastrophe: a blueprint for a conservation response to large-scale ecological disaster
TSR Hub
Reading the black book: The number, timing, distribution and causes of listed extinctions in Australia
Biological Conservation
Quantifying current and potential contributions of Australian Indigenous peoples to threatened species management.
Wiley
Conserving the abundance in nonthreatened species
Wiley - Conservation Biology
Continental-scale assessment reveals inadequate monitoring for threatened vertebrates in a megadiverse country
Biological Conservation
Reason to hope in recovering Australia’s threatened species
TSR Hub
Improving conservation assessments and policy options for poorly known species
TSR Hub
Book of Hope Case Study: The Lord Howe Island phasmid, back from the brink
TSR Hub
Book of Hope Case Study: Macquarie Island restored through pest eradication
TSR Hub
Book of Hope Case Study: Humpback whale recovery
TSR Hub
Book of Hope Case Study: Bounceback for yellow-footed rock wallabies
TSR Hub
Book of Hope Case Study: Black-cockatoo recovery on Kangaroo Island
TSR Hub
Science for Saving Species Magazine Issue 12 Winter 2019
TSR Hub
A knowledge synthesis to inform a national approach to fighting extinction
TSR Hub
Creation and analysis of a national database of threatened species on Australian islands
TSR Hub
Rice fields support the global stronghold for an endangered waterbird
Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment
Key factors for effective partnering for threatened species recovery
TSR Hub
The conservation of abundance in non-threatened species
CSIRO
How many birds are killed by cats in Australia?
Science Direct - Elsevier
Compilation and traits of Australian bird species killed by cats
Science Direct - Elsevier
A spatial overview of the global importance of Indigenous lands for conservation
Springer Nature
Social license as an emergent property of political interactions: response to Kendal and Ford 2017.
Wiley
The conservation ecology of the Alligator Rivers yellow chat
TSR Hub
Looking after the Alligator Rivers yellow chat
TSR Hub
Strategic planning for the Far Eastern Curlew - Progress Report 4
TSR Hub
Threats to Australia’s imperilled species and implications for a national response
TSR Hub
Metrics of progress in the understanding and management of threats to Australian birds
Conservation Biology
Plants and animals we care about on the Tiwi Islands 2018
TSR Hub
Learning from success and failure in threatened species conservation
TSR Hub
Improving communication and community buy-in to threatened species conservation
TSR Hub
Strategic Planning for the Far Eastern Curlew - Progress Report 3
TSR Hub
Science for Saving Species Magazine Issue 8 Winter 2018
TSR Hub
No surprises, no regrets: identifying Australia’s most imperilled animal species
TSR Hub
The threats to Australia's imperilled species and implications for a national conservation response
CSIRO
Christmas Island frigatebird: Workshop focusing on research and management priorities
TSR Hub
The economics of threatened species management
TSR Hub
Distribution and abundance of migratory shorebirds in Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory, Australia
NT Field Naturalist's Club
Special report to Darwin Port on research training trip to Broome, Western Australia
TSR Hub
Recovering Australian threatened species - Reasons to be hopeful
TSR Hub
Science for Saving Species Magazine Issue 7 Autumn 2018
TSR Hub
Targeting Australia’s highest biodiversity impact behaviours
TSR Hub
Improving conservation assessments and policy options for poorly known species
TSR Hub
Iconic Species in Schools project summary
TSR Hub
Birds Red Hot List: The Australian birds most at risk of extinction
TSR Hub
Emergency care – identifying and prioritising action to save fauna species at acute risk of extinction
TSR Hub
Strategic Planning for the Far Eastern Curlew - Progress Report 2
CDU
A review of non-market valuation studies of threatened species and ecological communities
NESP
Threatened Species Recovery Planning in Australia - Learning from two case studies
TSR Hub
Strategic Planning for the Far Eastern Curlew - Progress Report 1
TSR Hub
Staving off extinction – more than luck and fate
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Developing a Threatened Species Index
TSR Hub
Wings of tropical finches: interspecific differences in shape are consistent with levels of mobility, but moult and feather fault patterns are more complex
Emu
Citizen science for threatened species conservation and building community support
TSR Hub
Strategic planning for the Far Eastern Curlew
TSR Hub
Indigenous action in threatened species research and management
TSR Hub
Science For Saving Species Magazine: Issue 2 Summer 2016
Threatened Species Recovery Hub
Submission to the Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment and Energy, Inquiry into Flying-fox management in the eastern states, on behalf of the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP).
Parliament of Australia Website
The contribution of policy, law, management, research, and advocacy failings to the recent extinctions of 3 Australian vertebrate species.
Conservation Biology
Science For Saving Species Magazine: Issue 1 Winter 2016
Threatened Species Recovery Hub
Learning from loss
Wildlife Australia