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In the last of the Sustainable Lens #whaleofasummer series we are joined by Dolphin Research Australia‘s Dr Liz Hawkins and Isabella Keski-Franti. They talk about research, education and Indigenous Management Frameworks As well as academic performance, students have to have character strength, they […]

What are those things that qualify human beings as having rights? What are the things that qualify an entity as a person? It’s extraordinary, a corporation can be a person and can have rights, and yet there are lots of species that might be able to suffer quite extensively but yet don’t yet have rights. […]

Not so much about saving the animal as the ecosystem where they live – habitat destruction is the biggest threat to almost every animal on the planet

Dr Sarah Courbis is a Research Associate at Portland State University, specialising in whales and mammals in Hawaii. This is the fifth in the Sustainable Lens #whaleofasummer […]

I don’t come in saying “hi guys, I know you’re struggling to survive, let’s save the dolphins”. For me it has become as much about understanding and helping these communities as it is about helping the animals. Tara Whitty describes herself as an aspiring ecologist, conservationist, do-gooder and wanderer. She is also a PhD […]

Inaction is failure Andy Read describes wicked problems as the basis of the situation of much of marine mammal conservation globally. But, he says, the wickedness of problems is no excuse for standing by while species go extinct. Dr Andy Read is the Stephen Toth Professor of Marine Biology at the Duke University Marine […]

Whaling is not the biggest threat to the marine mammals of the world, it’s fishing, it’s climate change, it’s ocean noise. I’d like to see the concern that was generated in the 60s and 70s to stop whaling which was largely successful, applied to other areas. Stopping harmful fishing practices, stopping needless propagation of […]

Threats are now largely invisible, it’s no longer the graphic carnage…now it’s more indirect but no less a threat to the species. NOAA’s Dr Barbara Taylor argues that we need a new approach to marine mammal conservation. Principal current and near-future conservation challenges include direct human-caused mortality (via fisheries by-catch in small-scale fisheries and […]

There’s an inner frog within all of us, we just need to rekindle that The Amphibian Survival Alliance’s Dr Robin Moore aims to get people concerned with conserving less charismatic creatures. Robin explores how we can scale up conservation efforts for the most threatened vertebrate group, the amphibians. In particular he questions how we […]

We need conservation for sustainable use as much as need preservation for intrinsic value… an “And” not an “Or” It’s time we focussed on environmental care in production landscapes. Henrik Moller is Professor at the Centre for Sustainability, and the principal investigator at Ecosystems Consultants. Henrik describes the conservation estate as a “triumph”, but […]

Previously on Sustainable Lens Emeritus Professor Sir Alan Mark (pod) described work towards the Wise Response campaign. ┬áThis call to face up to New Zealand’s critical risks, was launched in Dunedin recently with a series of speeches. ┬áThis week and next on Sustainable Lens we highlight those messages: Hoani Langsbury What sustains life essence? […]

Emeritus Professor Sir Alan Mark is New Zealand’s first Knight honoured for services to conservation. We explore the relationship between science and championing change. So long as you have the science behind you, Sir Alan has no problem with taking an activist role – indeed, he says, it is an obligation of the privileged […]

Imagine having lived near a forest reserve for years, finding that it isn’t a reserve but for sale and to be cleared, then convincing a few friends to join you in buying that forest, having it reclassified as a reserve and developing a heritage interpretive trail, and only then go looking for money to […]

In a show where Anton describes dolphins as “unicorns, only wetter”, our guest is Dr Liz Slooten. Listen in to find answers to these burning questions and more: Why is the concept of “sustainable bycatch” for marine mammals a bit of a nonsense? (hint: we wouldn’t accept a bycatch of kiwi, yet NZ’s sea […]

Dr Phil Bishop was recently appointed Chief Scientist for the world’s frogs. In this interview he tells us how frogs outlasted the dinosaurs but are in real trouble now. He tells us how a mild mannered Dunedin herpetologist was transformed into one of the world’s leading conservation biologists. We talk about valuing species, habitat […]