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Training future generations to deliver evidence‐based conservation and ecosystem management (2021)
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Downey, H., Amano, T., Cadotte, M., Cook, C. N., Cooke, S. J., Haddaway, N. R., …Sutherland, W. J. (2021). Training future generations to deliver evidence‐based conservation and ecosystem management. Ecological Solutions and Evidence, 2(1), https://doi.org/10.1002/2688-8319.12032

Abstract 1. To be effective, the next generation of conservation practitioners and managers need to be critical thinkers with a deep understanding of how to make evidence-based decisions and of the value of evidence synthesis. 2. If, as educators,... Read More about Training future generations to deliver evidence‐based conservation and ecosystem management.

Otolith chemoscape analysis in whiting links fishing grounds to nursery areas (2020)
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Burns, N. M., Hopkins, C. R., Bailey, D. M., & Wright, P. J. (2020). Otolith chemoscape analysis in whiting links fishing grounds to nursery areas. Communications Biology, 3(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-020-01433-y

Understanding life stage connectivity is essential to define appropriate spatial scales for fisheries management and develop effective strategies to reduce undersized bycatch. Despite many studies of population structure and connectivity in marine fi... Read More about Otolith chemoscape analysis in whiting links fishing grounds to nursery areas.

Otolith chemoscape analysis in whiting links fishing grounds to nursery areas (2020)
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Burns, N. M., Hopkins, C. R., Bailey, D. M., & Wright, P. J. (in press). Otolith chemoscape analysis in whiting links fishing grounds to nursery areas. Communications Biology, 3,

Understanding life stage connectivity is essential to define appropriate spatial scales for fisheries management and develop effective strategies to reduce undersized bycatch. Despite many studies of population structure and connectivity in marine fi... Read More about Otolith chemoscape analysis in whiting links fishing grounds to nursery areas.

Evaluating whether MPA management measures meet ecological principles for effective biodiversity protection (2020)
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Hopkins, C. R., Burns, N. M., Bailey, D. M., Hopkins, C., Burns, N., Brooker, E., …Bailey, D. (2020). Evaluating whether MPA management measures meet ecological principles for effective biodiversity protection. Acta Oecologica, 108, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actao.2020.103625

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have been implemented as a spatial management tool throughout the world in order to meet targets for marine biodiversity conservation. The success of MPAs in achieving biodiversity conservation objectives is strongly dep... Read More about Evaluating whether MPA management measures meet ecological principles for effective biodiversity protection.

A new model study species: high accuracy of discrimination between individual freckled hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri) using natural markings (2020)
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McInnes, M. G., Burns, N. M., Henderson, G. P., McNeill, D. C., Bailey, D. M., Mcinnes, M. G., …Bailey, D. M. (2020). A new model study species: high accuracy of discrimination between individual freckled hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri) using natural markings. Journal of fish biology, 96(3), 831-834. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.14255

Variations between distinct natural markings of freckled hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri) could allow in situ identification of individuals from underwater photography. Receiver operating characteristic analysis was used to assess the ability of the... Read More about A new model study species: high accuracy of discrimination between individual freckled hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri) using natural markings.

Civil society participation in the Scottish marine planning process and the role of Environmental Non-Governmental Organisations (2019)
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Brooker, E., Hopkins, C., Devenport, E., Greenhill, L., & Duncan, C. (2019). Civil society participation in the Scottish marine planning process and the role of Environmental Non-Governmental Organisations. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2018.1532876

Sustainable development principles are based on the fundamental recognition of humans as an integral part of the ecosystem. Participation of civil society should therefore be central to marine planning processes and enabling ecosystem-based managemen... Read More about Civil society participation in the Scottish marine planning process and the role of Environmental Non-Governmental Organisations.

Navigating future uncertainty in marine protected area governance: lessons from the Scottish MPA network (2018)
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Hopkins, C. R., Bailey, D. M., & Potts, T. (2018). Navigating future uncertainty in marine protected area governance: lessons from the Scottish MPA network. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, 207, 303-311. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2018.04.020

As international pressure for marine protection has increased, Scotland has increased spatial protection through the development of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) network. Few MPA networks to date have included specific considerations of climate chang... Read More about Navigating future uncertainty in marine protected area governance: lessons from the Scottish MPA network.

Charting the course for a blue economy in Peru: a research agenda (2018)
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McKinley, E., Aller-Rojas, O., Hattam, C., Germond-Duret, C., San Martín, I. V., Hopkins, C. R., …Potts, T. (2018). Charting the course for a blue economy in Peru: a research agenda. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10668-018-0133-z

Ocean- and coastal-based economic activities are increasingly recognised as key drivers for supporting global economies. This move towards the “blue economy” is becoming globally widespread, with the recognition that if ocean-based activities are to... Read More about Charting the course for a blue economy in Peru: a research agenda.

Scotland as a case study for how benefits of marine ecosystem services may contribute to the commercial fishing industry (2017)
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Brooker, E., Devenport, E., Hopkins, C. R., Hennige, S., Roberts, J. M., & Duncan, C. (2018). Scotland as a case study for how benefits of marine ecosystem services may contribute to the commercial fishing industry. Marine Policy, 93, 271-283. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2017.06.009

In July 2015, Scotland became one of the first countries to sign up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which, unlike their forerunner the Millennium Development Goals, are not restricted to developing nations. Their respective targets sho... Read More about Scotland as a case study for how benefits of marine ecosystem services may contribute to the commercial fishing industry.

Scotland's Marine Protected Area network: Reviewing progress towards achieving commitments for marine conservation (2016)
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Hopkins, C. R., Bailey, D. M., Hopkins, C., Bailey, D., & Potts, T. (2016). Scotland's Marine Protected Area network: Reviewing progress towards achieving commitments for marine conservation. Marine Policy, 71, 44-53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2016.05.015

Significant progress has been made towards implementing Marine Protected Area (MPA) networks in UK waters, with Scotland successfully designating 30 new Scottish MPA sites in July 2014. This paper reviews the Scottish MPA process up to the point of i... Read More about Scotland's Marine Protected Area network: Reviewing progress towards achieving commitments for marine conservation.

Perceptions of practitioners: Managing marine protected areas for climate change resilience (2016)
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Hopkins, C. R., Bailey, D. M., & Potts, T. (2016). Perceptions of practitioners: Managing marine protected areas for climate change resilience. Ocean and Coastal Management, 128, 18-28. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2016.04.014

Climate change is impacting upon global marine ecosystems and ocean wide changes in ecosystem properties are expected to continue. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have been implemented as a conservation tool throughout the world, primarily as a measure... Read More about Perceptions of practitioners: Managing marine protected areas for climate change resilience.