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Dr. Virginia Matzek presents at International Congress on Conservation Biology in France

Dr. Virginia Matzek presented some results from her NSF-funded study of ecosystem service provision in restoration in Australia. Virginia’s work seeks to understand the tradeoffs between ecosystem services and biodiversity, and whether the public’s expectations for restoration outcomes match up with the priorities of land managers and government funders. The survey work used an innovative pair of scenarios in which improvements to habitat quality for endangered species were expected to come with or without ecosystem service benefits to people. She presented her findings this summer at the biennial International Congress on Conservation Biology, held in Montpellier, France, and at the biennial World Congress for Ecological Restoration, held in Manchester, England.