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Dr Duan Biggs

Duan is from South Africa and completed his PhD at the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, Australia in 2011 on the resilience of coral reef tourism to global change and crises. Duan holds an MsC in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town and has a trans-disciplinary undergraduate training with majors in Economics, Development Studies and Environmental Science. Duan has developed, coordinated and consulted to projects for BirdLife International, Conservational International and WWF among others. Subsequent to his PhD developed a tourism research program for South African National Parks to support decision-making and management of the trade-offs and synergies between conservation and tourism.

In March 2012, Duan started a postdoctoral research fellowship at the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub where his research focuses on the socio-economic aspects of conservation decision-making and management and operationalizing resilience ideas for biodiversity conservation. The geographic focus of his work is Australia, Chile, South Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and south-east Asia. He also leads specialist nature and wildlife tours to destinations around the world.


1. Biggs, D.; Courchamp F.C.; Martin, R; Possingham, H.P. 2013. Rhino poaching: supply and demand uncertain-response Science 340: 1168-1169
2. Biggs, D. In Press. Birding, Sustainability and Ecotourism, pages 394 to 404 in the International Handbook of Ecotourism edited by Roy Ballantyne and Jan Packer. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
3. Biggs, D.; Courchamp F.C.; Martin, R; Possingham, H.P. 2013. Legal Trade of Africa's Rhino Horns. Science 339:1038-1039
4. Biggs, D; Ban, N.C.; Hall, C.M. 2012. Lifestyle values, resilience, and nature-based tourism's contribution to conservation on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Environmental Conservation 39: 370-379
5. Biggs D; Hall, C.M; Stoeckl, N. 2012. The resilience of formal and informal tourism enterprises to disasters – the case of reef tourism in Phuket. Journal for Sustainable Tourism 20: 645-665.
6. Biggs, D. 2011. The resilience of Australian reef-based enterprises to climate change and systemic shocks. Ecology and Society 16(1): 30. [online] URL:
7. Biggs, D.; Turpie J.; Fabricius, C.; Spenceley, A. 2011. The value of avitourism for community-based conservation – an analysis from South Africa. Conservation and Society 9(1): 80-90
8. Biggs, D.; Abel, N; Knight, A.T.; Leitch, A; Langston, A; Ban, N.C. 2011. The implementation crisis in conservation planning – could mental models help? Conservation Letters 4:169-183.
9. Biggs. D.; Biggs, R.; Dakos, V.; Scholes, R.J.; Schoon, M.L. 2011. Are we entering an era of concatenated crises? Ecology and Society.
10. Biggs, R., Schluter, M., Biggs, D., Bohensky, E., Burnsilver, S., Cundill, G., Dakos, V., Daw, T., Evans, L., Kotschky, K., Leitch, A., Meek, C., Quinlan, A., Raudsepp-Hearne, C., Robards, M., Schoon, M.L., Schultz, L. & West, P. In Press. Enhancing the resilience of ecosystem services. Annual Reviews of the Environment and Resources.
11. Cundill, G.; Cumming; G.S.; Biggs, D.; Fabricuis; C. 2012. Soft systems thinking and social learning for adaptive management. Conservation Biology 26:13-20


  1. Biggs, D. 2013 Legal Trade of Africa's Rhino Horn.
  2. Biggs, D. 2012 Biodiversity in Mining: Resilience, Biodiversity, Mining, and Human Well Being.

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