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 Watson is a Professor of Conservation Science at The University of Queensland and Director of the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science at The University of Queensland. He leads 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, and he is the Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Science and Research Initiative.

As a Rhodes Scholar, James undertook his PhD research studying in Madagascar, trying to come up with conservation plans to save endemic bird species inhabiting the country’s remaining littoral forest. Since then he has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers on conservation related matters, ranging from assessing the impacts of climate change on species to mapping the effectiveness of protected areas on biodiversity conservation outcomes globally. He currently serves on the International Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Data and Knowledge Task Force, and is a Research Fellow for the United Nation’s Environment Program, a Senior Technical expert for the United Nations Development Program’s Global Programme on Nature for Development, and was the founding chair of the International Union for Nature Conservation Climate Change Specialist Group. James has also just finished up his term as global president of the Society for Conservation Biology. He is a keen birder and has a number of students working on conserving some of the rarest birds in Australia, including the fabled night parrot.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Oxford.

Publications

  • Zeng, Yiwen, Maxwell, Sean, Runting, Rebecca K., Venter, Oscar, Watson, James E. M. and Carrasco, L. Roman (2020) Environmental destruction not avoided with the Sustainable Development Goals. Nature Sustainability, . doi:10.1038/s41893-020-0555-0

  • Pacifici, Michela, Rondinini, Carlo, Rhodes, Jonathan R., Burbidge, Andrew A., Cristiano, Andrea, Watson, James E. M., Woinarski, John C. Z. and Di Marco, Moreno (2020). Global correlates of range contractions and expansions in terrestrial mammals. Nature Communications, 11 (1) 2840, 1-9. doi:10.1038/s41467-020-16684-w

  • Gallo-Cajiao, Eduardo, Morrison, Tiffany H., Woodworth, Bradley K., Lees, Alexander C., Naves, Liliana C., Yong, Ding Li, Choi, Chi-Yeung, Mundkur, Taej, Bird, Jeremy, Jain, Anuj, Klokov, Konstantin, Syroechkovskiy, Evgeny, Chowdhury, Sayam U., Fu, Vivian Wing Kan, Watson, James E.M. and Fuller, Richard A. (2020). Extent and potential impact of hunting on migratory shorebirds in the Asia-Pacific. Biological Conservation, 246108582, doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108582

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Book Chapter

  • Fuller, Richard A. and Watson, James E. M. (2018). Replacing underperforming nature reserves. Effective conservation science: data not dogma. (pp. 147-151) edited by Peter Kareiva, Michelle Marvier and Brian Silliman.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. World heritage, wilderness and large landscapes and seascapes. (pp. 27-47) edited by Cyril F. Kormos, Tim Badman, Tilman Jaeger, Bastian Bertzky, Remco van Merm, Elena Osipova, Yichuan Shi and Peter Bille Larsen.Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. doi:10.2305/IUCN.CH.2017.06.en

  • 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. World heritage, wilderness and large landscapes and seascapes. (pp. 1-9) edited by Cyril F. Kormos, Tim Badman, Tilman Jaeger, Bastian Bertzky, Remco van Merm, Elena Osipova, Yichuan Shi and Peter Bille Larsen.Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. doi:10.2305/IUCN.CH.2017.06.en

  • Foden, Wendy B., Watson, James E. M., Hoffmann, Ary, Corlett, Richard and Hole, David (2016). Future directions in CCVA of species. 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) edited by .Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: IUCN Species Survival Commission.

  • Foden, W. B., Young, B. E. and Watson, J. E. M. (2016). Introduction. 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) edited by .Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: IUCN Species Survival Commission.

  • Menon, Ravi, Gonzalez, Tanhia, Ferruzzi, Mario, Jackson, Eric, Winderl, Dan and Watson, Jay (2016). Oats-From Farm to Fork. Advances in Food and Nutrition Research. (pp. 1-55) edited by .Cambridge, MA United States: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/bs.afnr.2015.12.001

  • Watson, J. E., Segan, D. B. and Fuller, R. A. (2016). Optimal protection of the world’s threatened birds, mammals and amphibians. Protected areas: Are they safeguarding biodiversity?. (pp. 66-80) edited by Lucas N. Joppa, Jonathan E. M. Baillie and John G. Robinson.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. 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) edited by .Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: IUCN Species Survival Commission.

  • Huntley, Brian, Foden, Wendy B., Smith, Adam, Platts, Philip, Watson, James E. M. and Garcia, Raquel A. (2016). Using CCVAs and interpreting their results. 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) edited by .Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: IUCN Species Survival Commission.

  • 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. Mining in ecologically sensitive landscapes. (pp. 251-264) edited by Mark Tibbett.Collingwood, VIC, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

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

  • Watson, J. E. M., Segan, D. B. and Tewksbury, J. (2015). Tropical forests in a changing climate. Climate change and biodiversity. (pp. 196-207) edited by .New Haven, CT, United States: Yale University Press.

  • Dudley, Nigel and Watson, James (2014). Climate change. Applications of key biodiversity areas: end-user consultations. (pp. 92-95) edited by Nigel Dudley, Jessica L. Boucher, Annabelle Cuttelod, Thomas M. Brooks and Penny F. Langhammer.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. Climate Change: Research and technology for adaptation and mitigation. (pp. 379-402) edited by Juan Blanco and Houshang Kheradmand.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. Conservation biogeography. (pp. 1956-1976) edited by Richard J. Ladle and Robert J. Whittaker.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. Connectivity conservation management: a global guide. (pp. 86-115) edited by Graeme L. Worboys, Wendy L. Francis and Michael Lockwood.Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781849774727

  • 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. Connectivity Conservation Management: a global guide. (pp. 105-115) edited by Graeme L. Worboys, Wendy L. Francis and Michael Lockwood.London, Unitd Kingdom: Earthscan.

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

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Completed Supervision