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Queensland Government

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Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science (CBCS)

Two researchers undertaking a bird survey

The University of Queensland

The Centre aims to be the world’s leading solution-oriented research group for biodiversity conservation. CBCS addresses the complex and timely questions facing both on-ground managers and those who formulate national and international policy. To tackle the fundamental challenge of securing the world’s natural assets, CBCS works in genuine partnership with scientists, global institutions and organisations, governments, non-governmental organisations and industry, to solve conservation problems around the world. The outcomes and real-world impacts of the Centre’s researchers are testament to its current success. CBCS has produced pioneering interdisciplinary knowledge and tools that have permeated on- ground environmental management globally. CBCS researchers have on numerous occasions influenced national and international environmental policy, changed how global environment funding is allocated, and influenced conservation practices in many countries.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Decision theory
  • Threatened Species
  • Biodiversity monitoring
  • Mathematical ecology
  • Protected area design
  • Fisheries management
  • Weed management
  • Marine reserve design
  • Urban planning

Number of research staff

20–100 research staff


Level 5, Goddard Building 8, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, 4072

Lead researchers

  • Professor Martine Maron—World-leading research on biodiversity offset policy has changed how governments and industry respond to environmental impacts
  • Associate Professor Richard Fuller—Head of Fuller Lab publishing in high quality journals including Nature, Science, PLoS Biology, TREE, Proceedings B

Achievements of the centre

  • Marxan is a decision support tool that has been utilised by planners in over 140 countries, influencing land and sea zoning across more than 5% of the world’s surface.
  • Spatial planning concepts and software have altered investment in conservation at regional, national and global scales.
  • Have highlighted the important role of sustainable natural resource management for economic development and poverty alleviation in numerous tropical countries.

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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Last updated:
19 June 2019