Dr Graeme Buchanan

Principal Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

Background

My current work consists of the use of spatial data especially satellite images. This includes monitoring land cover change in sites (protected areas and Important Bird Areas), and species ranges (IUCN Red Listing).

I also work on developing scenarios of land use, land cover, habitat change and the impact on biodiversity. I am involved in the promotion of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing in conservation.

My previous work was on upland and moorland birds, reed bunting evolutionary ecology and conservation on the Seychelles and Mauritius.

External Activities

  • 2015 to present: Council, British Ornithologists' Union
  • 2014 to present: Associate Editor, Remote Sensing for Conservation and Ecology
  • 2010-2014: British Ornithologists' Union Meetings Committee
  • 2010 to present: Associate Editor, Bird Conservation International

Partners and Collaboration

  • Dr Paul Donald, BirdLife International
  • Dr Stu Butchart, BirdLife International
  • Dr Gregoire Dubois, EC-JRC
  • Dr Allison Leidner, NASA

Contact

Graeme Buchanan

Dr Graeme Buchanan

Principal Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

Scotland Headquarters, 2 Lochside View, Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh, EH12 9DH

graeme.buchanan@rspb.org.uk

Research Gate

Specialisms

Identifying problems International species New methods and technologies Protected areas Tropical forests UK species Upland

Selected Publications

Toward quantification of the impact of 21st century deforestation on the extinction risk of terrestrial vertebrates

Conservation actions need to be prioritised, often taking into account species’ extinction risk. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List provides an accepted objective framework for the assessment of extinction risk, but field data to apply the IUCN Red List criteria ...

Date
26 May 2016
RSPB Authors
Alison Beresford, Dr Graeme Buchanan
Authors
Tracewski, L., Butchart, S.H.M., Di Marco, M., Ficetola, G.F., Rondinini, C., Symes, A., Wheatley, H., Beresford, A.E. & Buchanan, G.M.
Published in
Conservation Biology
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Tropical forests Woodland

The contributions of the EU Nature Directives to the CBD and other multilateral environmental agreements

Through a review of published studies and new analyses of publicly available data, we assess how the European Union (EU) Nature Directives complements the CBD strategic goals for 2020 as set out in the 20 Aichi Targets, thereby addressing a question posed by the European Commission about the coherence of the Directives with other international biodiversity...

Date
01 June 2016
RSPB Authors
Alison Beresford, Dr Graeme Buchanan, Dr Fiona Sanderson, Dr Rebecca Jefferson
Authors
Beresford, A.E., Buchanan, G.M., Sanderson, F.J., Jefferson, R. & Donald, P.F.
Published in
Conservation Letters
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International Protected areas

Advancing terrestrial conservation through remote sensing

Conservationists recognise that remote sensing can make a substantial contribution to their effort to monitor the environment to better understand and reduce the impact of anthropogenic activities. However, often it is perceived that the needs of...

Date
04 June 2015
RSPB Authors
Dr Graeme Buchanan
Authors
Buchanan, G.M., Brink, A.B., Leidner, A.K., Rose, R. & Wegmann, M.
Published in
Ecological Informatics
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Ecosystem services New methods and technologies

Protection reduces loss of natural land-cover at sites of conservation importance across Africa

There is an emerging consensus that protected areas are key in reducing adverse land-cover change, but their efficacy remains difficult to quantify. Many previous assessments of protected area effectiveness ...

Date
29 May 2013
RSPB Authors
Dr Graeme Buchanan, Dr Paul Donald
Authors
Beresford, A.E., Eshiamwata, G.W., Donald, P.F., Balmford, A., Bertzky, B., Brink, A.B., Fishpool, L.D.C., Mayaux, P., Phalan, B., Simonetti, D. & Buchanan, G.M.
Published in
PLoS ONE
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International Protected areas