Professor James Watson

Professor & CBCS Director

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
james.watson@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 61645

Overview

James is an Associate Professor Fellow at University of Queensland and Director of Science and Research Initiative at the Wildlife Conservation Society. For the past six years, James has directed WCS’s climate change program, leading the planning and implementation of climate adaptation and REDD+ projects throughout WCS’s landscape, seascape, and species conservation programs. He currently serves on the leadership committee for the Science for Nature and People (SNAP) Initiative, the International Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Data and Knowledge Task Force, and was chair of the IUCN’s climate change specialist group. James was recently elected the global president of the Society for Conservation Biology. He is the director the Green Fire Science research group (www.greenfirescience.com) whose mission is to do applied research that is linked directly to the practice of conservation.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Oxford.

Publications

  • Tulloch, Ayesha I. T., Auerbach, Nancy, Avery-Gomm, Stephanie, Bayraktarov, Elisa, Butt, Nathalie, Dickman, Chris R., Ehmke, Glenn, Fisher, Diana O., Grantham, Hedley, Holden, Matthew H., Lavery, Tyrone H., Leseberg, Nicholas P., Nicholls, Miles, O'Connor, James, Roberson, Leslie, Smyth, Anita K., Stone, Zoe, Tulloch, Vivitskaia, Turak, Eren, Wardle, Glenda M. and Watson, James E. M. (2018) A decision tree for assessing the risks and benefits of publishing biodiversity data. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2 8: 1209-1217. doi:10.1038/s41559-018-0608-1

  • Jones, Kendall R., Klein, Carissa J., Halpern, Benjamin S., Venter, Oscar, Grantham, Hedley, Kuempel, Caitlin D., Shumway, Nicole, Friedlander, Alan M., Possingham, Hugh P. and Watson, James E. M. (2018) The location and protection status of earth's diminishing marine wilderness. Current Biology, . doi:10.1016/j.cub.2018.06.010

  • Garnett, Stephen T., Burgess, Neil D., Fa, John E., Fernandez-Llamazares, Alvaro, Molnar, Zsolt, Robinson, Cathy J., Watson, James E. M., Zander, Kerstin K., Austin, Beau, Brondizio, Eduardo S., Collier, Neil French, Duncan, Tom, Ellis, Erle, Geyle, Hayley, Jackson, Micha V., Jonas, Harry, Malmer, Pernilla, McGowan, Ben, Sivongxay, Amphone and Leiper, Ian (2018) A spatial overview of the global importance of Indigenous lands for conservation. Nature Sustainability, 1 7: 369-374. doi:10.1038/s41893-018-0100-6

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Fuller, Richard A. and Watson, James E. M. (2018). Replacing underperforming nature reserves. In Peter Kareiva, Michelle Marvier and Brian Silliman (Ed.), Effective conservation science: data not dogma (pp. 147-151) New York, United States: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oso/9780198808978.003.0023

  • Allan, James R., Shi, Yichuan, Bertzky, Bastian, Jaeger, Tilman, Venter, Oscar, Mackey, Brendan, van Merm, Remco, Osipova, Elena, Watson, James Edward and Kormos, Cyril F. (2017). Current wilderness coverage on the World Heritage list: broad gaps and opportunities. In Cyril F. Kormos, Tim Badman, Tilman Jaeger, Bastian Bertzky, Remco van Merm, Elena Osipova, Yichuan Shi and Peter Bille Larsen (Ed.), World heritage, wilderness and large landscapes and seascapes (pp. 27-47) Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. doi:10.2305/IUCN.CH.2017.06

  • Kormos, Cyril F., Jaeger, Tilman, Bertzky, Bastian, Badman, Tim, van Merm, Remco, Osipova, Elena, Shi, Yichuan, Mackey, Brendan G., Mittermeier, Russell A., Jacobson, Mathew, Busch, Kyra, Khamaganova, Erjen, Hilty, Jodi, Larsen, Peter Bille, Watson, James E.M. and Locke, Harvey (2017). The need for a wilderness and large landscapes and seascapes approach under the World Heritage Convention. In Cyril F. Kormos, Tim Badman, Tilman Jaeger, Bastian Bertzky, Remco van Merm, Elena Osipova, Yichuan Shi and Peter Bille Larsen (Ed.), World heritage, wilderness and large landscapes and seascapes (pp. 1-9) Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. doi:10.2305/IUCN.CH.2017.06

  • Foden, Wendy B., Watson, James E. M., Hoffmann, Ary, Corlett, Richard and Hole, David (2016). Future directions in CCVA of species. In IUCN SSC Guidelines for Assessing Species’ Vulnerability to Climate Change. Version 1.0. Occasional Paper of the IUCN Species Survival Commission No. 59 (pp. 63-66) Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: IUCN Species Survival Commission. doi:10.2305/IUCN.CH.2016.SSC-OP.59.en

  • Foden, W. B., Young, B. E. and Watson, J. E. M. (2016). Introduction. In IUCN SSC Guidelines for Assessing Species’ Vulnerability to Climate Change. Version 1.0. Occasional Paper of the IUCN Species Survival Commission No. 59 (pp. 1-5) Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: IUCN Species Survival Commission. doi:10.2305/IUCN.CH.2016.SSC-OP.59.en

  • Watson, J. E., Segan, D. B. and Fuller, R. A. (2016). Optimal protection of the world’s threatened birds, mammals and amphibians. In Lucas N. Joppa, Jonathan E. M. Baillie and John G. Robinson (Ed.), Protected areas: Are they safeguarding biodiversity? (pp. 66-80) Chichester United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118338117.ch4

  • Young, Bruce E., Martin, Tara, Watson, James E. M., Foden, Wendy B., Williams, Stephen and Scheffers, Brett (2016). Setting Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment goals and objectives. In IUCN SSC Guidelines for Assessing Species’ Vulnerability to Climate Change. Version 1.0. Occasional Paper of the IUCN Species Survival Commission No. 59 (pp. 13-16) Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: IUCN Species Survival Commission. doi:10.2305/IUCN.CH.2016.SSC-OP.59.en

  • Huntley, Brian, Foden, Wendy B., Smith, Adam, Platts, Philip, Watson, James E. M. and Garcia, Raquel A. (2016). Using CCVAs and interpreting their results. In IUCN SSC Guidelines for Assessing Species’ Vulnerability to Climate Change. Version 1.0. Occasional Paper of the IUCN Species Survival Commission No. 59 (pp. 33-48) Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: IUCN Species Survival Commission. doi:10.2305/IUCN.CH.2016.SSC-OP.59.en

  • Watson, Alexander W. T., Judd, Simon, O’Sullivan, Wayne and Watson, James E. M. (2015). A collaborative approach for mining, environment organisations and Traditional Owners to manage and conserve biodiversity in Australia’s Great Western Woodlands. In Mark Tibbett (Ed.), Mining in ecologically sensitive landscapes (pp. 251-264) Collingwood, VIC, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

  • Watson, James (2015). A global perspective on the role of protected areas in protecting natural capital. In Penelope Figgis, Brendan Mackey, James Fitzsimons, Jason Irving and Pepe Clarke (Ed.), Valuing Nature: Protected Areas and Ecosystem Services (pp. 54-57) Sydney, Australia: Australian Committee for IUCN.

  • Watson, J. E. M., Segan, D. B. and Tewksbury, J. (2015). Tropical forests in a changing climate. In Climate change and biodiversity () New Haven, CT, United States: Yale University Press.

  • Dudley, Nigel and Watson, James (2014). Climate change. In Nigel Dudley, Jessica L. Boucher, Annabelle Cuttelod, Thomas M. Brooks and Penny F. Langhammer (Ed.), Applications of key biodiversity areas: end-user consultations (pp. 92-95) Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.

  • Watson, James E. M., Cross, Molly, Rowland, Erika, Joseph, Liana N., Rao, Madhu and Seimon, Anton (2011). Planning for species conservation in a time of climate change. In Juan Blanco and Houshang Kheradmand (Ed.), Climate Change: Research and technology for adaptation and mitigation (pp. 379-402) Rijeka, Croatia: InTech - Open Access Publisher. doi:10.5772/24920

  • Watson, James E. M., Grantham, Hedley S., Wilson, Kerrie A. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2011). Systematic conservation planning: Past, present and future. In Richard J. Ladle and Robert J. Whittaker (Ed.), Conservation biogeography (pp. 1956-1976) London , U. K.: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781444390001.ch6

  • Anderson, G., Atkins, R., Pulsford, I., Worboys, G. L., Howling, G., Watson, J. E. M., Judd, S., Mackey, B. G. and Bradby, K. (2010). Australasian connectivity initiatives. In Graeme L. Worboys, Wendy L. Francis and Michael Lockwood (Ed.), Connectivity conservation management: a global guide (pp. 86-115) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Watson, James E. M., Judd, Simon, Mackey, Brendan G. and Bradby, Keith (2010). Ecological restoration in Gondwanalink (south-western Western Australia) using the WildCountry principles: a convergence of thought and action. In Graeme L. Worboys, Wendy L. Francis and Michael Lockwood (Ed.), Connectivity Conservation Management: a global guide (pp. 105-115) London, Unitd Kingdom: Earthscan.

  • Watson, James E. M. (2007). Conservation of bird diversity in Madagascar’s southeastern littoral forests. In J. U. Ganzhorn, S. M. Goodman, J. B. Ramanamanjato and M. Vincelette (Ed.), Biodiversity conservation and mining in southeast Madagascar (pp. 253-260) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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