Carly Cook

Assoc Professor


Research activity per year

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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Member of the Expert Assessment Group for the Green List of Protected Areas, IUCN World Commission für Schutzgebiete (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

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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