Spatially representing local-scale ecological research for natural resource management (14627)
An often cited mismatch between the spatial scale of ecological phenomena and administrative boundaries for natural resource management is an ongoing issue for the governance of social-biophysical systems. The representation of ecologists' understandings about ecosystems are published in peer-reviewed journal articles that are often not easily accessible to NRM managers, or are not readily interpreted in a regional context. This presentation describes a study examining three decades of ecological research in the Goulburn-Broken Catchment in Victoria, mapping the reported locations of research field sites in the landscape . A description of the method and new developments in the field  will be followed by a exploration of the various human activity systems to which the method could be applied, including its use as a boundary object in linking local-scale ecological research to decision-making.
- Wallis, P.J., Nally, R.M. and Langford, J. (2011) Mapping Local-Scale Ecological Research to Aid Management at Landscape Scales. Geographical Research 49, 203–216.
- Karl, J.W., Herrick, J.E., Unnasch, R.S., Gillan, J.K., Ellis, E.C., Lutters, W.G. and Martin, L.J. (2013) Discovering Ecologically Relevant Knowledge from Published Studies through Geosemantic Searching. BioScience 63, 674–682.