Toby Gardner

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Toby is interested in the ways in which science and the scientific process can contribute to solving real-world social-environmental problems. What conceptual and empirical support is necessary to help reconcile conflicts over environmental resources, encourage genuine dialogue amongst decision makers and lead to lasting changes in human behaviour? His current work is focused on evaluating conservation-development trade-offs in different land-use systems in Brazilian Amazonia. Previously he has worked on understanding patterns of biodiversity change in human-modified ecosystems in East Africa and the Caribbean. He is very interested in how conservation messages can be most effectively disseminated to different audiences, and also how those different audiences can interact more effectively with scientists and the scientific process. ¨I see gaming (sensu lato) and online Smartphone applications as offering a wealth of unexplored opportunities for facilitating this engagement¨.