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Peer-reviewed journal articles

In review

Venter O, Outram N, McGrath A, Di Marco M, Klein C, Watson JEM. In Revision. Residual protection continues to undermine the long-term aspirations of biodiversity conventions.

*Graham V, Laurance SG, Grech A, Venter O. In Review. Spatially explicit estimates of forest carbon emissions, mitigation costs and REDD+ opportunities in Indonesia.

*Allan JR, Kormos C, Jaeger T, Venter O, Bertzky B, Shi Y, Mackey B, van Merm R, Osipova E, Watson JEM. In review. Gaps and opportunities for the World Heritage Convention to contribute to global wilderness conservation.

*Allan JR, Venter O, Maxwell S, Bertzky B, Jones K, Shi Y, Watson JEM. In Press. Recent increases in human pressure and forest loss threaten many
Natural World Heritage Sites

*Di Marco M, Chapman S, Arthur G, Kearney S, Butt N, Joseph JM, Possingham HP, Venter O, Watson JEM. In Revision The focus of conservation science in the era of global biodiversity conventions.


Venter, O., E. W. Sanderson, A. McGrach, H. Possingham, P. Wood, B. Fekete, W. F. Laurance, M. Levy and J. E. M. Watson (2016). Sixteen years of change in the global terrestrial Human human Footprint footprint and implications for biodiversity conservationNature Communications

Venter, O., E. W. Sanderson, A. Magrach, J. R. Allan, J. Beher, K. R. Jones, H. P. Possingham, W. F. Laurance, P. Wood and B. M. Fekete (2016). Global terrestrial Human Footprint maps for 1993 and 2009. Scientific Data

Watson, James E. M., Danielle F. Shanahan, M. Di Marco, J. Allan, William F. Laurance, Eric W. Sanderson, B. Mackey and O. Venter (2016). Catastrophic Declines in Wilderness Areas Undermine Global Environment TargetsCurrent Biology.

Di Marco, M., J. E. Watson, O. Venter and H. P. Possingham (2016). Global Biodiversity Targets Requires Both Sufficiency and Efficiency. Conservation Letters.

*Graham V, Laurance S, Venter O. In Press. Quantifying the costs of reducing forest-based emissions in Southeast Asia. Environmental Research Letters.

*Di Marco, M., J. E. Watson, H. P. Possingham and O. Venter (2016). Limitations and trade‐offs in the use of species distribution maps for protected area planning. Journal of Applied Ecology.

*Watson JEM, Jones K, Fuller RA, Di Marco M, Segan DB, MacDonald-Madden E, Venter O. In Review Decreasing disparities between recent rates of habitat conversion and protection and implications for future global conservation targets. Conservation Letters.

Watson 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


Maxwell, S. L., O. Venter, K. R. Jones and J. E. M. Watson (2015). Integrating human responses to climate change into conservation vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

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

Venter M, Venter O, Edwards W, Bird M. 2015. Validating community-led forest biomass assessments in tropical forests. Plos One

*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.


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.

Venter O. 2014. REDD+ Policy: Corridors of carbon and biodiversity. Nature Climate Change 4: 91–92

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.

*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


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.


*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.


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 )

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, Laurance WF, Iwamura T, Wilson KA, Fuller RA, Possingham HP. 2010. Planning for Biodiversity in Future Climates Response. Science 327:

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.

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.

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.

*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.


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.

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.

Venter O, Meijaard E & Wilson K. 2008. Strategies and alliances needed to protect forest from palm-oil industry. Nature 451: 16.


Venter O, Brodeur NN, Nemiroff L, Belland B, Dolinsek IJ & Grant JWA. 2006. Threats to endangered species in Canada. Bioscience 56: 903-910.