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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


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

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Projects 2014 2020

Research Output 2004 2019

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

Bio-physical models of marine environments reveal biases in the representation of protected areas

Roberts, K. E., Duffy, G. A. & Cook, C. N., Mar 2019, In : Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 29, 3, p. 499-510 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Conservation practitioners’ understanding of how to manage evolutionary processes

Cook, C. N. & Sgro, C., 13 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Conservation Biology. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Improving conservation practice with principles and tools from systems thinking and evaluation

Knight, A. T., Cook, C. N., Redford, K. H., Biggs, D., Romero, C., Ortega-Argueta, A., Norman, C. D., Parsons, B., Reynolds, M., Eoyang, G. & Keene, M., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Sustainability Science. 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Privately protected areas provide key opportunities for the regional persistence of large- and medium-sized mammals

Clements, H. S., Kerley, G. I. H., Cumming, G. S., De Vos, A. & Cook, C. N., 1 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 56, 3, p. 537-546 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Faculty of Science Research Impact Award

Carly Cook (Recipient), 29 Jul 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)