Preprints / In review

  • Hirsh-Pearson, K., Johnson, C.J., Schuster, R., Wheate, R., Venter, O. (2021) Canada’s human footprint reveals large intact areas juxtaposed against areas under immense anthropogenic pressure. BioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2021.06.11.447577
  • Pillay, R., Watson, J.E.M., Hansen, A.J., Aragon-Osejo, J., Armenteras, D., Atkinson, S.C., Burns, P., Ervin, J., Goetz, S.J., González-del-Pliego, P., Jantz, P., Supples, C., Virnig, A.L.S., Williams, B.A., and Venter, O. (2021) Forest quality mitigates extinction risk in humid tropical vertebrates. Research Square DOI: 10.21203/
  • Ramírez-Delgado, J.P., Di Marco, M., Watson, J.E.M, Johnson, C.J., Rondinini, C., Corredor Llano, X., Arias, M., and Venter, O. Matrix condition mitigates the effects of habitat fragmentation on species extinction risk. Research Square (2021).DOI:
  • Williams BA, Watson JEM, Beyer HL, Klein CJ, Montgomery J, Runting RK, Roberson LA, Halpern BS, Grantham HS, Kuepel CD, Frazier, Venter O, Wenger A. PrePrint. The global rarity of intact coastal regions. bioRxiv.

Accepted/In Press Manuscripts

  • Hansen, A.J., Noble, B.P., Veneros, J., East, A., Goetz, S.J., Supples, C., Watson, J.E.M., Jantz, P.A., Pillay, R., Jetz, W., Ferrier, S., Grantham, H.S., Evans, T.D., Ervin, J., Venter, O., and Virnig, A.L.S. (In press) Towards monitoring forest ecosystem integrity within the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Conservation Letters
  • Jonas HD, Ahmadia GN, Bingham HC, Briggs J, Butchart SHM, Carino J, Chassot O, Chaudhary S, Darling E, DeGemmis A, Dudley N, Fa J, Fitzsimmons J, Garnett S, Geldman J, Kingston N, Kroner RG, Gurney GG, Harrington AR, Himes-Cornell A, Hockings M, Jonas HC, Jupiter S, Lieberman S, Mangubhai S, Marnewick D, Matallana-Tabon CL, Maxwell SL, Nelson F, Parrish J, Ranaivoson R, Rao M, Santamaria M, Waithaka J, Painemilla KW, Venter O, Visconti P, Watson JEM, Weizsaecker C. In Press. Equitable and effective area-based conservation: Towards the conserved areas paradigm. PARKS 27: 71-84


  • De Assis Barros, L., Mendonça, B.A.F, Sothe, C., Fernandes-Filho, E.I., Elkin, C. (2021) Fire in the Atlantic Rainforest: an analysis of 20 years of fire foci distribution and their social- ecological drivers. Geocarto International. DOI: 10.1080/10106049.2021.1899301 
  • De Assis Barros, L., Elkin, C. (2021). An index for tracking old-growth value in disturbance-prone forest landscapes. Ecological Indicators 121(107175). DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.107175
  • Pillay, R., Venter, M., Aragon‐Osejo, J., González‐del‐Pliego, P., Hansen, A. J., Watson, J. E., & Venter, O. (2021). Tropical forests are home to over half of the world’s vertebrate species. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 
  • Driscoll, Don, Armenteras, D, Bennett, AF, Brotons, L, Clarke, MF, Doherty, T, Haslem, A, Kelly, LT, Sato, Chloe, Sitters, H, Aquilué, N, Bell, Kristian, Chadid, M, Duane, A, Meza‐Elizalde, MC, Giljohann, KM, González, TM, Jambhekar, R, Lazzari, J, Morán‐Ordóñez, A and Wevill, Patricia. 2021, How fire interacts with habitat loss and fragmentation, Biological Reviews, pp. 1-23, doi: 
  • Nagy-Reis M, Calvert A, Hebblewhite M, Seip D, Gilbert S, Venter O, Hervieux D, Boutin S, Serrouya R. 2021. Habitat loss accelerates for the endangered woodland caribou in western Canada. Conservation Science and Practice e437
  • Appiah O, Sattler D, Venter O, Opio C. 2021. Assessing forest cover change and fragmentation in northeastern British Columbia using Landsat images and a geospatial approach. Land Degradation and Development 1-18
  • Williams, B.A., Venter, O., Allan, J.R., Atkinson, S.C., Rehbein, J.A., Ward, M., Di Marco, M., Grantham, H.S., Ervin, J., Goetz, S.J., Hansen, A.J., Jantz, P., Pillay, R., Rodriguez-Buritica, S., Supples, C., Virnig, A.L.S., and Watson, J.E.M. (2020). Change in terrestrial human footprint drives continued loss of intact ecosystems. One Earth 3, 371-382. DOI: 10.1016/j.oneear.2020.08.009


  • Hansen, A.J., Burns, P., Ervin, J., Goetz, S.J., Hansen, M., Venter, O., Watson, J.E.M., Jantz, P.A., Virnig, A.L.S., Barnett, K., Pillay, R., Atkinson, S., Supples, C., Rodriguez-Buritica, S., and Armenteras, D. (2020). A policy-driven framework for conserving the best of Earth’s remaining moist tropical forests. Nature Ecology and Evolution 4, 1377-1384. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-020-1274-7
  • Ward, M. Saura, S., Williams, B., Ramírez-Delgado, J.P., Arafeh-Dalmau, N., Allan, J.R., Venter, O., Debois, G., and Watson, J.E.M. Just ten percent of the global terrestrial protected area network is structurally connected via intact land. Nat. Commun. 11, 4563 (2020). DOI:
  • Walker, W. S., Gorelik, S. R., Baccini, A., Aragon-Osejo, J. L., Josse, C., Meyer, C., … Schwartzman, S. (2020). The role of forest conversion, degradation, and disturbance in the carbon dynamics of Amazon indigenous territories and protected areas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  
  • Clerici, N., Armenteras, D., Kareiva, P., Botero, R., Ramírez-Delgado, J.P., Forero-Medina, G., Ochoa, J., Pedraza, C., Schneider, L., Lora, C., Gómez, C., Linares, M., Hirashiki, C., and Biggs, D. Deforestation in Colombian protected areas increased during post-conflict period. Sci. Rep. 10, 4972 (2020). DOI:
  • Farnell, I., Elkin, C., Lilles, E., Roberts, A.-M. & Venter, M. (2020). The effects of variable retention forestry on coarse woody debris dynamics and concomitant impacts on American marten habitat after 27 years. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 50, 925-935.
  • Grantham HS, Duncan A, Evans TD, Jones KR, Beyer H, Schuster R, Walston J, Ray J, Robinson J, Callow M, Clements T, Costa H, DeGemmis A, Elsen PR, Ervin J, Franco P, Goldman E, Goetz S, Hansen H, Hofsvang E, Jantz P, Jupiter S, Kang A, Langhammer P, Laurance WF, Liberman S, Linkie M, Malhi Y, Maxwell SL, Mendez M, Mittermeier R, Murray N, Possingham HP, Radachowsky J, Samper C, Silverman J, Sharpio A, Strassburg B, Stevens T, Stokes E, Taylor R, Tear T, Tizard R, Venter O, Visconti P, Wang S, Watson JEM. In Revision. Only 40% of the world’s forests are in good health. In Revision. Nature Communications 11: 1-10
  • Venter O, Possingham HP, Watson JEM. 2020. The Human Footprint represents observable human pressures. Global Change Biology 26: 330-332.
  • Downey H, Amano T, Cadotte M, Cook C, Cooke SJ, Haddaway NR, Jones JPG, Littlewood N, Walsh J, Abrahams MI, Adum G, Akasaka M, Alves JA, Antwis RE, Arellano EC, Axmacher J, Barclay H, Batty L, Benítez‐López A, Bennett JR, Berg MJ, Bertolino S, Biggs D, Bolam FC, Bray T, Brook B, Bull JW, Burivalova Z, Cabeza M, Chauvenet ALM, Christie AP, Cole L, Cotton AJ, Cotton S, Cousins SAO, Craven D, Cresswell W, Cusack JJ, Dalrymple SE, Davies ZG, Diaz A, Dodd JA, Felton A, Fleishman E, Gardner CJ, Garside R, Ghoddousi A, Gilroy JJ, Gill DA, Gill JA, Glew L, Grainger MJ, Grass AA, Greshon S, Gundry J, Hart T, Hopkins CR, Howe C, Johnson A, Jones KW, Jordan NR, Kadoya T, Kerhoas D, Koricheva J, Lee TM, Lengyel S, Livingstone SW, Lyons A, McCabe G, Millett J, Strevens CM, Moolna A, Mossman HL, Mukherjee N, Muñoz‐Sáez A, Negrões N, Norfolk O, Osawa T, Papworth S, Park KJ, Pellet KJ, Phillott AD, Plotnik JM, Priatna D, Ramos AG, Randall N, Richards RM, Ritchie EG, Roberts DL, Rocha R, Rodríguez JP, Sanderson R, Sasaki T, Savilaakso S, Sayer C, Sekercioglu C, Senzaki M, Smith G, Smith RJ, Soga M, Soulsbury CD, Steer MD, Stewart G, Strange EF, Suggitt AJ, Thompson RRJ, Thompson S, Thornhill I, Trevelyan RJ, Usieta HO, Venter O, Webber A, White RL, Whittingham MJ, Wilby A, Yarnell RW, Zamora V, Sutherland WJ. 2021. Training future generations to deliver evidence‐based conservation and ecosystem management. Ecological Solutions and Evidence 2, e12032.
  • O’Bryan CJ, Garnett ST, Fa JE, Leiper I, Rehbein J, Fernandez-Llamazares A, Jones HD, Brondizio ES, Burgess N, Robinson C, Zander KK, Venter O, Watson JEM. 2020. The importance of Indigenous Peoples’ lands for the conservation of terrestrial vertebrates. Conservation Biology
  • Runting R, Phinn S, Xie Z, Venter O, Watson JEM. 2020. Opportunities for big data in conservation and sustainability. Nature Communications. 11: 1-4.
  • Gosling J, Baquero AC, Arnell A, Jones A, Watson JEM, Venter O, Burgess ND. 2020. A global mapping template for natural and modified habitat across terrestrial Earth. Biological Conservation 108674
  • Johnson C, Venter O, Ray J, Watson JEM. 2020. Growth-inducing infrastructure represents transformative yet ignored keystone environmental decisions. Conservation Letters 13: e12696.
  • Woo-Durand C, Matte JM, Cuddihy G, McGourdji CL, Venter O, Grant JWA. 2020. Increasing importance of climate change and other threats to at-risk species in Canada. Environmental Reviews
  • Karel M, Ferrier S, Harwood TD, Ware C, Di Marco M, Grantham HS, Venter O, Hoskins AJ, Watson JEM. 2020. Reconciling global priorities for conserving biodiversity habitat. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 11:  9906-9911.
  • Maxwell SL, Cazalis V, Dudley N, Hoffman M, Rodrigues ASL, Visconti P, Woodley S, Maron M, Stassburg BBN, Wenger A, Jonas HD, Venter O, Watson JEM. 2020. Area-based conservation in the 21st century. Nature 586: 217-227.
  • Chauvenet ALM, Watson JEM, Adams VM, Di Marco M, Venter O, Davis KJ, Mappin B, Klein JK, Kuempel CD, Possingham HP. 2020. To achieve big wins for terrestrial conservation, prioritize protection of ecoregions closest to meeting targets. One Earth 2: 479-486.
  • Zeng Y, Maxwell S, Runting RK, Venter O, Watson JEM, Carrasco RL. 2020. Nature destruction not avoided with the Sustainable Development Goals. Nature Sustainability
  • Mokany K, Ferrier S, Harwood TD, Ware C, Di Marco M, Grantham HS, Venter O, Hoskins AJ, Watson JEM. 2020. Reconciling global priorities for conserving biodiversity habitat. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117: 9906-9911.
  • Riggio J, Baillie J, Brunby S, Ellis E, Kennedy C, Oakleaf J, Tait A, Tepe T, Theobald D, Venter O, Watson JEM, Jacobson A. 2020. Global human influence maps reveal clear opportunities in conserving Earth’s remaining intact terrestrial ecosystems. Global Change Biology
  • Watson JEM, Keith DA, Strassburg BBN, Venter O, Williams B, Nicholson E. 2020. Set a global target for ecosystems. Nature 578: 360-362.
  • Rehbein J, Watson JEM, Lane J, Sonter L, Venter O, Atkinson S, Allan J. 2020. Renewable energy development threatens many globally important biodiversity areas. Global Change Biology
  • O’Bryan CJ, Allan JR, Holden M, Sanderson C, Venter O, Di Marco M, McDonald-Madden E, Watson JEM. 2020. Intense human pressure is now ubiquitous across terrestrial vertebrates. Global Ecology and Conservation 21, e00882
  • Mason N, Ward M, Watson JEM, Venter O, Runting RK. 2020. Global opportunities and challenges for transboundary conservation. Nature Ecology and Evolution 11: 1-4.
  • Verma M, Symes WS, Watson JEM, Jones K, Allan JR, Venter O, Rheindt FE, Edwards DP, Carrasco LR. 2020. Severe anthropogenic pressures in the Sundaland biodiversity hotspot. Conservation Science and Practice.


  • Beyer H, Venter O, Grantham H, Watson JEM. 2019. Catastrophic erosion of ecoregion intactness highlights urgency of globally coordinated action. Conservation Letters
  • Hansen A, Phillips L, Jantz P, Barnett K, Goetz S, Hansen M, Venter O, Watson JEM, Jantz P, Atkinson S, Rodríguez-Buritica S, Ervin J, Virnig A, Supples C. 2019. Global Humid Tropics Forest Structural Condition and Forest Structural Integrity Maps. Scientific Data 6: 1-12
  • Watson JEM, Venter O. 2019. Mapping the continuum of humanity’s footprint on land. One Earth
  • Runting RK, Ruslandi, Griscom B, Struebig MJ, Satar M, Meijaard E, Burivalova Z, Cheyne SM, Deere NJ, Game ET, Putz FE,  Wells JA, Wilting A, Ancrenaz M, Ellis P, Khan FAA, Leavitt SM, Marshall AJ, Possingham HP, Watson JEM, Venter O. 2019. Larger gains from improved management over sparing–sharing for tropical forests. Nature Sustainability 2: 53
  • Allan J, Watson JEM, Di Marco M, O’Bryan CJ, Possingham HP, Atkinson SC, Venter O. 2019. Hotspots of human impact on threatened terrestrial vertebrates. PLOS Biology e3000158
  • Locke H, Ellis EC, Venter O, Schuster R, Ma K, Shen X, Woodley S, Kingston N, Bhola N, Strassburg BBN, Paulsch A, Williams B, Watson JEM. 2019. Three Global Conditions for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use: an implementation framework. National Science Review
  • Maxwell S, Evans T, Watson JEM, Morel A, Grantham H, Duncan A, Harris N,
  • Potapov P, Runting R, Venter O, Malhi Y. 2019. Degradation and forgone removals increase the carbon impact of intact forest loss by 626 percent. Science Advances
  • Mappin B, Chauvenet ALM, Adams V, Di Marco M, Beyer HL, Venter O, Halpern BS, Possingham HP, Watson JEM. 2019. Restoration priorities to achieve the global protected area target. Conservation Letters. e12646,
  • Watson JEM, Evans TD, Venter O, Maxwell SL. 2019. Manage forests as protection against warming. Nature 567: 311
  • Coristine LE, Colla S, Bennet N, Carrlsson A, Davy C, Davies KTA, Favaro B, Flockhart DTT, Fraser K, Orihel D, Otto SP, Palen W, Polfus JL Venter O, Ford AT. 2019. National contributions to global ecosystem values. Conservation Biology
  • Di Marco M, Venter O, Possingham HP, Watson JEM. 2018. Changes in human footprint drive changes in species extinction risk. Nature Communications 9: 4621.


  • Edersson Cabrera, Gustavo Galindo, Jose González, Lina Vergara, Cristhian Forero, Alexander Cubillos, Javier Espejo, Juan Rubiano, Xavier Corredor, Leonardo Hurtado, Diana Vargas and Alvaro Duque (August 16th 2019). Colombian Forest Monitoring System: Assessing Deforestation in an Environmental Complex Country, Forest Degradation Around the World, Mohd Nazip Suratman, Zulkiflee Abd Latif, Gabriel De Oliveira, Nathaniel Brunsell, Yosio Shimabukuro and Carlos Antonio Costa Dos Santos, IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.86143. Available from:
  • Aragón-Osejo, J., Josse, C., Borja, M. O., & Villacís, S. (2018). Cambio de densidad de biomasa como indicador de la protección de los bosques amazónicos del Ecuador. 1er Congreso Nacional de Geografía Del Ecuador. Retrieved from
  • González, J. Cubillos, A., Chadid, M., Cubillos, A., Arias, M., Zúñiga, E., Joubert, F. Pérez, I, Berrío, V. Caracterización de las principales causas y agentes de la deforestación a nivel nacional período 2005-2015. Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales – IDEAM-. Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible. Programa ONU-REDD Colombia. Bogotá, 2018.
  • González, J. Cubillos, A., Chadid, M., Arias, M., Zúñiga, E., Cubillos, M., Joubert, F. Pérez, I. Lineamientos conceptuales y metodológicos para la caracterización de causas y agentes de la deforestación en Colombia. Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales – IDEAM-. Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible. Programa ONU-REDD Colombia. Bogotá, 2018.
  • José Absalón Suárez, José Julián González, Álvaro Cubillos, María Alejandra Chadid, Alexander Cubillos, Miguel Arias, Edilneyi Zúñiga, Fanny Joubert, Iván Pérez, Viviana Berrio, Ernesto Ome, Adriana Yepes, Paola García y Daniel Leguía. Causas y agentes de la deforestación en territorios de comunidades negras del pacífico colombiano. En: García et al. (Eds). Perspectiva del pueblo negro frente a la deforestación y degradación del territorio: un insumo para la construcción e implementación de Bosques Territorios de Vida – Estrategia Integral de Control a la Deforestación y Gestión de los Bosques. Programa ONU-REDD. Colombia. Bogotá, 2018., pp 82-101.
  •  Edersson Cabrera, José Julián González, Adriana Yepes, Gustavo Galindo, Ernesto Ome, Paola García, Daniel Felipe Gaitán, Patricia Tobón, Álvaro Cubillos, María Alejandra Chadid, Alexander Cubillos, Miguel Arias, Edilneyi Zúñiga, Fanny Joubert, Iván Pérez &, Viviana Berrío. Caracterización de la deforestación en resguardos de los pueblos indígenas. En: García et al. (Eds). Perspectiva del pueblo indígena frente a la deforestación y degradación del territorio: un insumo para la construcción e implementación de Bosques Territorios de Vida – Estrategia Integral de Control a la Deforestación y Gestión de los Bosques. Programa ONU-REDD. Colombia. Bogotá, 2018., pp 88-113.
  • Maria Teresa Becerra, Edersson Cabrera, José Julián González, Gustavo Galindo, Álvaro Cubillos, María Alejandra Chadid, Alexander Cubillos, Miguel Arias, Edilneyi Zúñiga, Fanny Joubert, Iván Pérez, Viviana Berrío, María Andrea Rueda, Iván Darío Valencia & Adriana Yepes. Diagnóstico del estado actual de los bosques. En: Bosques Territorios de Vida – Estrategia Integral de Control a la Deforestación y Gestión de los Bosques. Programa ONU-REDD. Colombia. Bogotá, 2018., pp 48-73.
  • Venter O, Outram N, McGrath A, Di Marco M, Klein C, Possingham HP, Watson JEM. 2018. Bias in protected‐area location and its effects on long‐term aspirations of biodiversity conventions. Conservation Biology
  • Watson JEM, Venter O, Lee J, Jones KR, Robinson JG, Possingham HP, Allan JR. 2018. Protect the Last of the Wild. Nature 563: 27
  • Jones KR, Venter O, Fuller RA, Allan JR, Maxwell SL, Negret PJ, Watson JEM. 2018. One third of the global protected area estate under intense human pressure. Science 360: 788-791
  • Jones KR, Venter O, Fuller RA, Allan JR, Maxwell SL, Negret PJ, Watson JEM. 2018. Protect land: Threat of invasive species response. Science 361: 562-563
  • Di Marco M, Watson JEM, Currie DJ, Possingham HP, Venter O. 2018. The extent and predictability of the biodiversity–carbon correlation. Ecology Letters
  • Jones KR, Klein C, Halpern BS, Venter O, Grantham H, Kuempel CD, Shumway N, Friedlander AM, Possingham HP, Watson JEM. 2018. The location and protection status of Earth’s diminishing marine wilderness. Current Biology
  • Allan JR, Kormos C, Jaeger T, Venter O, Bertzky B, Shi Y, Mackay B, Merm R, Osipova E, Watson JEM. 2018. Gaps and opportunities for the World Heritage Convention to contribute to global wilderness conservation. Conservation Biology 32: 116-162
  • Watson JEM, Evans T, Venter O, Williams B, Tulloch A, Stewart C, Thompson I, Ray JC, Murray K, Salazar A, McAlpine C, Potapov P, Walston J, Robinson J, Painter M, Wilkie D, Filardi C, Laurance WF, Houghton RA, Maxwell S, Grantham H, Wang S, Laestadius L, Lindenmayer D. In Press. The exceptional value of intact forest ecosystems for climate, biodiversity and human well-being. Nature Ecology and Evolution
  • Coristine LE, Jacob A, Schuster R, Otto SP, Barone NE, Bennett NJ, Bittick T, Dey C, Favaro B, Ford A, Nowlan L, Orihel D, Palen W, Polfus J, Shiffman DS, Venter O, Woodley S. 2018. Informing Canada’s commitment to biodiversity conservation: A science-based framework to help guide protected areas designation through Target 1 and beyond. FACETS


  • Venter, M., Dwyer, J., Dieleman, W., Ramachandra, A., Gillieson, D., Laurance, S. et al. (2017). Optimal climate for large trees at high elevations drives patterns of biomass in remote forests of Papua New Guinea. Global change biology, 23, 4873-4883.
  • Borja, M. O., Aragón-Osejo, J., & Josse, C. (2017). Bosques de la Región Amazónica Ecuatoriana: ¿Qué nos dicen las cifras de deforestación de los últimos 15 años? XVI Conferencia Iberoamericana de Sistemas de Información Geográfica-CONFIBSIG, 63–76. Retrieved from
  • Kuo, P. Y., De Assis Barros, L., Yan, N., Sain, M., Qing, Y., & Wu, Y. (2017). Nanocellulose Composites with Enhanced Interfacial Compatibility and Mechanical Properties Using a Hybrid-Toughened Epoxy Matrix. Carbohydrate polymers, 177, 249-257. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2017.08.091
  • Kuo, P. Y., De Assis Barros, L., Sain, M., Tjong, J. S., & Yan, N. (2016). Effects of Reaction Parameters on the Glycidyl Etherification of Bark Extractives during Bioepoxy Resin Synthesis. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 4(3), 1016-1024. DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.5b01098 
  • Kuo, P. Y., De Assis Barros, L., Sheen, Y. C., Sain, M., Tjong, J. S., & Yan, N. (2016). Thermal degradation of extractive-based bio-epoxy monomer and network: Kinetics and mechanism. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 117, 199-213. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaap.2015.11.014
  • González, J., Arias, M., Cubillos, A., & Arévalo, P. (2017). Modelación espacial de la  deforestación en el bioma amazónico colombiano. In Análisis y modelación de patrones y  procesos de cambio. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM. ISBN: 978-607- 02-9687-1. coleccionesciga/87 
  • Di Marco M, Watson JEM, Possingham H, Venter O. 2016. Limitations and trade‐offs in the use of species distribution maps for protected area planning. Journal of Applied Ecology 54: 402-411
  • Watson JEM, Venter O. 2017. Ecology: A global plan for nature conservation Nature 550: 48-49
  • Allan JR, Venter O, Watson JEM. 2017. Temporally inter-comparable maps of terrestrial wilderness and the Last of the Wild. Scientific Data 4
  • Graham V, Laurance SG, Grech A, Venter O. In Revision. Spatially explicit estimates of forest carbon emissions, mitigation costs and REDD+ opportunities in Indonesia. Environmental Research Letters
  • Di Marco M, Chapman S, Althor G, Kearney S, Besancon C, Butt N, Joseph M, Possingham HP, Bieberstein K, Venter O, Watson JEM. In Press. Changing trends and persistent bias in three decades of conservation science. Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Allan JR, Venter O, Maxwell S, Bertzky B, Jones K, Shi Y, Watson JEM. 2017. Recent increases in human pressure and forest loss threaten many Natural World Heritage Sites. Biological Conservation 206 – 47-55


  • Page, T., Murphy, M.E., Cornelius, J.P. & Venter, M. (2016). Sustainability of wood-use in remote forest-dependent communities of Papua New Guinea. Forest Ecology and Management, 382, 88-99.
  • Venter O, Sanderson E, McGrach A, Possingham H, Wood P, Fekete B, Laurance WF, Levy MA, Watson JEM. 2016. Sixteen years of change in the global terrestrial human footprint and implications for biodiversity conservation. Nature Communications 7
  •  Venter O, Sanderson EW, Magrach A, Allan JR, Beher J, Jones KR, Possingham HP, Laurance WF, Wood P, Fekete BM, Levy MA, Watson JEM. 2016. Global terrestrial Human Footprint maps for 1993 and 2009. Scientific Data 3
  • Watson JEM, Shanahan DF, Di Marco M, Allan J, Laurance WF, Sanderson EW, Mackey B, Venter O. Catastrophic declines in wilderness areas undermine global environment targets. Current Biology 26 2929-2934
  • Di Marco, Watson JEM, Venter O, Possingham HP. 2016. Global biodiversity targets require both sufficiency and efficiency. Conservation Letters 9 413-421
  • Watson JEM, Jones K, Fuller RA, Di Marco M, Segan DB, MacDonald-Madden E, Venter O. 2016. Persistent disparities between recent rates of habitat conversion and protection and implications for future global conservation targets. Conservation Letters 9 413-421
  • Graham V, Laurance S, Grech A, McGregor A, Venter O. 2016. A comparative assessment of the financial costs and carbon benefits of REDD+ strategies in Southeast Asia. Environmental Research Letters 11 114022Watson JEM, Darling ES, Venter O, Maron M, Walston J, Possingham HP, Dudley N, Hockings M, Barnes M, Brooks TM. 2016. Bolder science now needed for protected areas. Conservation Biology


  • Chadid, M.A.; Dávalos, L.M.; Molina, J.; Armenteras, D. A. 2015 Bayesian Spatial Model Highlights Distinct Dynamics in Deforestation from Coca and Pastures in an Andean Biodiversity Hotspot. Forests, 6, 3828-3846. 
  • Venter, M., Venter, O., Edwards, W. & Bird, M.I. (2015). Validating community-led forest biomass assessments. PLoS One, 10, e0130529.
  • López-Acevedo, V., Aragón-Osejo, J., & Ulloa, J. (2015). Cartografía histórica de las Áreas Naturales Protegidas y los Territorios Indígenas de la Amazonía Ecuatoriana.
  • Maxwell S, Venter O, Kendal J, Watson JEM. 2015. Integrating human responses to climate change into conservation vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
  • Venter M, Venter O, Edwards W, Bird M. 2015. Validating community-led forest biomass assessments in tropical forests. Plos One
  • Brown CJ, Bode M, Venter O, Barnes MD, McGowan J, Runge C, Watson JEM, Possingham HP. 2015. Effective conservation requires clear objectives and prioritising actions, not places or species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA
  • Renwick A, Bode M, Venter O. 2015. Reserves in context: planning for leakage from protected areas. PLOS One
  • Polak T, Watson JEM, Fuller RA, Joseph LN, Martin TG, Possingham HP, Venter O, Carwardine J. 2015. Representing ecosystems in protected areas is unlikely to save threatened species. Royal Society Open Science
  • Bode M, Tulloch A, Mills M, Venter O, Ando A. 2015. A conservation planning approach to mitigating the impacts of leakage from protected area networks. Conservation Biology 29: 765-774.


  • Ramírez-Delgado, J.P., Christman, Z.J., and Schmook, B. Deforestation and fragmentation of seasonal tropical forests in the southern Yucatán, Mexico (1990–2006). Geocarto Int. 29, 822– 841 (2014). DOI:
  • Venter, O., Fuller, R.A., Segan, D.B., Carwardine, J., Brooks, T., Butchart, S.H. et al. (2014). Targeting global protected area expansion for imperiled biodiversity. PLoS Biol, 12, e1001891.
  • Venter O, Fuller RA, Segan DB, Carwardine J, Brooks T, Butchart SHM, Di Marco M, Iwamura T, Joseph L, O’Grady D, Possingham HP, Rondinini C, Smith RJ, Venter M, Watson JEM.. 2014. Targeting global protected area expansion for imperilled biodiversity. PLOS Biology 12(6): e1001891.
  • Laurance WF, Clements GR, Sloan S, O’Connell CS, Mueller ND, Goosem M, Venter O, Edwards DP, Phalan B, Balmford A, Van Der Ree R and Arrea RI. 2014. A global strategy for road building. Nature 519: 229-232.
  • Venter O. 2014. REDD+ Policy: Corridors of carbon and biodiversity. Nature Climate Change 4: 91–92
  • Nelson PN, Gabriel J, Filer C, Banabas M Sayer JA, Curry GN, Koczberski, Venter O. 2014. Oil palm and deforestation in Papua New Guinea. Conservation Letters 7: 188–195
  • Wilson H, Meijaard E, Venter O, Ancrenaz M, Possingham HP. 2014. Conservation Strategies for Orangutans: Reintroduction versus Habitat Preservation and the Benefits of Sustainably Logged Forest. PLOS One DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0102174 


  • Sayer, J., Sunderland, T., Ghazoul, J., Pfund, J., Sheil, D., Meijaard, E. Venter, M et al. (2013). The landscape approach: ten principles to apply at the nexus of agriculture, conservation and other competing land-uses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110, 8345-8348.
  • Dieleman, W.I., Venter, M., Ramachandra, A., Krockenberger, A.K. & Bird, M.I. (2013). Soil carbon stocks vary predictably with altitude in tropical forests: Implications for soil carbon storage. Geoderma, 204, 59-67.
  • Venter O, Hovani L, Bode M, Possingham HP. 2013. Acting optimally for biodiversity in a world obsessed with REDD+. Conservation Letters 6: 410-417.
  • Venter O, Possingham HP,  Hovani L, Dewi S, Griscom B, Paoli G, Wells P, Wilson KA. 2013. Using systematic conservation planning to minimize REDD+ conflict with agriculture and logging in the tropics. Conservation Letters 6: 116-124. 


  • Venter, M., Venter, O., Laurance, S. & Bird, M. (2012). Recarbonization of the humid tropics. In: Recarbonization of the Biosphere. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 229-252.
  • Walsh JC, Venter O, Watson JEM, Fuller RA, Blackburn TM, Possingham HP. 2012. Exotic species richness and native species endemism increase the impact of exotic species on islands. Global Ecology and Biogeography 21:841-850.Venter O, Koh LP. 2012 Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+): game changer or just another quick fix? Proceedings of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1249: 137-150.


  • Witt, G.B., Noël, M.V., Bird, M.I., Beeton, R.B. & Menzies, N.W. (2011). Carbon sequestration and biodiversity restoration potential of semi-arid mulga lands of Australia interpreted from long-term grazing exclosures. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 141, 108-118.
  • Ruslandi, Venter O, Putz FE. 2011. Overestimating conservation costs in Southeast Asia. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9:542-544.
  • Evans MC, Watson JEM, Fuller RA, Venter O. Bennett, S.C., Marsack, P.R., Possingham, H.P. 2011. Spatial Distribution of Threats in Australia. BioScience 4:281-289.
  • Bode M, Probert W, Turner WR, Wilson KA, Venter O. 2011. Conservation Planning with Multiple Organizations and Objectives. Conservation Biology 25: 295-304. 


  • Iwamura T, Wilson KA, Venter O, Possingham HP. 2010. A Climatic Stability Approach to Prioritizing Global Conservation Investments. PLoS ONE 5.
  • Whiteway SL, Biron MB, Zimmerman A, Venter O, Grant, JWA. 2010. Do in-stream restoration structures enhance salmonid abundance? A meta-analysis. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 67: 831-841.
  • Clements GR, Sayer J, Boedhihartono AK, Venter O, Lovejoy T., Koh LP, Laurance WF. 2010. Cautious optimism over Norway –Indonesia REDD pact. Conservation Biology 24: 1437-1438.
  • Venter O, Watson JEM, Meijaard E, Laurance WF, Possingham HP. 2010. Avoiding unintended outcomes from REDD. Conservation Biology 24: 4-6.
  • Laurance WF, Venter O. 2010. Measuring forest change. Science 328: 569.
  • Wilson KA, Meijaard E, Drummond S, Grantham H, Boitani L, Catullo G, Christie L, Dennis R, Dutton I, Falcucci, Maiorano LA, Possingham HP, Rondinini C, Turner W, Venter O, Watts MEJ. 2010. Conserving biodiversity in production landscapes. Ecological Applications 20:1721-1732.
  • Venter O, Laurance WF, Iwamura T, Wilson KA, Fuller RA, Possingham HP. 2010. Planning for Biodiversity in Future Climates Response. Science 327: 1453.
  • Ring I, Drechler M, Teeffelen AJA, Irawan S, Venter O. 2010. Biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation: what role can economic instruments play? Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 2:50-58. 


  • Venter O, Laurance WF, Iwamura T, Wilson KA, Fuller R, Possingham HP. 2009. Harnessing carbon payments to protect biodiversity. Science 326: 1368.
  • Grainger A, Boucher DH, Frumhoff PC, Laurance WF, Lovejoy T, McNeely J, Niekisch M, Raven P, Sodhi NS, Venter O, Pimm SL. 2009. Biodiversity and REDD at Copenhagen. Current Biology 19: 974-976.
  • Kingsford RT, Watson JEM, Lundquist CJ, Venter O, Hughes L, Johnston EL, Atherton J, Gawel M, Keith DA, Mackey BG, Morley C, Possingham HP, Raynor B, Recher HF,Wilson KA. 2009. Major Conservation Policy Issues for Biodiversity in Oceania. Conservation Biology 23: 834-840.Venter O, Meijaard E, Possingham H, Dennis R, Sheil D, Wich S, Hovani L & Wilson K. 2009. Carbon payments as a safeguard for threatened tropical mammals. Conservation Letters 2: 123-129.


  • Brodeur, N., Noel, M., Venter, O., Bernatchez, L., Dayanandan, S. & Grant, J. (2008). No evidence of kin bias in dispersion of young‐of‐the‐year Atlantic salmon Salmo salar L. in a natural stream. Journal of Fish Biology, 73, 2361-2370.
  • Page, M., Witt, G.B., Noel, M., Slaughter, G. & Beeton, R. (2008). Economic and environmental analysis of fodder harvesting practices associated with mulga (Acacia aneura) and fire management practices in the mulga lands of south western Queensland.
  • Venter, O., Grant, J.W., Noel, M.V. & Kim, J.-w. (2008). Mechanisms underlying the increase in young-of-the-year Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) density with habitat complexity. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 65, 1956-1964.
  • Venter O, Grant JWA, Noel MV & Kim JW. 2008. Mechanisms underlying the increase in young-of-the-year Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) density with habitat complexity. Canadian Journal Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 65: 1956-1964.
  • Venter O, Meijaard E & Wilson K. 2008. Strategies and alliances needed to protect forest from palm-oil industry. Nature 451: 16.
  • Brodeur NN, Noel MV, Venter O, Bernatchez L, Dayanandan S & Grant JWA. 2008. No evidence of kin bias in dispersion of young-of-the-year Atlantic salmon Salmo salar in a natural stream. Journal Fish Biology 73: 2361-2370. 

2007 and before

  • Noël, M.V., Grant, J.W. & Carrigan, J.G. (2005). Effects of competitor-to-resource ratio on aggression and size variation within groups of convict cichlids. Animal Behaviour, 69, 1157-1163.
  • Venter O, Brodeur NN, Nemiroff L, Belland B, Dolinsek IJ & Grant JWA. 2006. Threats to endangered species in Canada. Bioscience 56: 903-910.