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Personal profile


I am a conservation biologist whose research relates to the integration of science in environmental management decisions. In particular I’m interested in the types of evidence decision-makers use to inform their decisions and why, the consequences of poor uptake of science on management decisions, and the design of decision support tools, tools for evidence synthesis and knowledge transfer systems that promote evidence-based decisions. I am a founding member of the Centre for Evidence Informed Policy and Practice, which promotes the advancement of evidence-based decision making through research, development, application and training.

My other research interests include developing decision triggers as a tool for management, cost-effective conservation and integrating evolutionary theory into conservation management.

My research program is highly interdisciplinary and I have a keen interesting in understanding what conservation can learn from other disciplines in order to become more effective.

External positions

Member of the Expert Assessment Group for the Green List of Protected Areas, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas

1 Nov 2017 → …

Centre for Evidence Informed Policy and Practice

Research area keywords

  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Evaluation
  • Evidence-based conservation
  • Monitoring
  • Protected Areas

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Research Output

Evaluating perceptions of marine protection in Australia: Does policy match public expectation?

Roberts, K. E., Hill, O. & Cook, C. N., 1 Feb 2020, In : Marine Policy. 112, 8 p., 103766.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Evaluating the use of risk-assessment frameworks in the identification of population units for biodiversity conservation

Liddell, E., Cook, C. N. & Sunnucks, P., 8 Apr 2020, In : Wildlife Research. 47, 3, p. 208-216 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Nature: Connecting well-being and conservation praxis

Redford, K. H., Cook, C., Biggs, D. & Eoyang, G., 2020, Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future. Parsons, B., Dhillon, L. & Keene, M. (eds.). Charlotte NC USA: Visionary Evaluation, p. 95-109 13 p. (Evaluation and Society).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Other

A vision for documenting and sharing knowledge in conservation

Schwartz, M., Belhabib, D., Biggs, D., Cook, C., Fitzsimons, J., Giordano, A., Glew, L., Gottlieb, S., Kattan, G., Knight, A. T., Lundquist, C., Lynam, A., Masuda, Y., Mwampamba, T., Nuno, A., Plumptre, A., Ray, J., Reddy, S. & Runge, M. C., 31 Jan 2019, In : Conservation Science and Practice. 1, 1, 2 p., e1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Beyond total area protected: A new set of metrics to measure progress in building a robust protected area estate

Cook, C. N., Valkan, R. S. & McGeoch, M. A., 1 Sep 2019, In : Global Environmental Change. 58, p. 1-11 11 p., 101963.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Faculty of Science Research Impact Award

Cook, Carly (Recipient), 29 Jul 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Research Impact Award

Cook, Carly (Recipient), Aug 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)