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Alec Christie

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Research Interests

My research aims to answer how we can rate the quality, geographical applicability and effectiveness of conservation interventions so that species and ecosystems are conserved using more evidence-based approaches. Not all studies are created equal, with differences in sample size, effort and methodological design most likely influencing effect sizes in conservation intervention research. One of my first challenges is to disentangle how this occurs and how we can come up with an objective scoring method to judge studies' reliability (i.e. quality).

The end goal of the PhD is to contribute to the development of an online tool that would allow conservationists and practitioners in the field to find the best supported conservation intervention for them to use in their local patch for a given issue. I also hope to contribute to the synthesis of evidence for marine conservation interventions as part of the ambitious Conservation Evidence group project (

Key Publications

House JE, Bidaut LM, Christie AP, Pizarro O, Dornelas M. (2016Moving to 3D: relationships between coral planar area, surface area and volumePeerJ Preprints4:e2443v2

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