Original Published Date: 
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Media issued by James Cook University          
The work  of leading ecologist Professor William Laurance, an ARC Laureate Fellow  researching Australia's leadership in tropical conservation science, has  featured in Nature. Professor  Laurance, along with colleague Professor Andrew Balmford (University of Cambridge, UK), has found that despite the  strong impact road construction has on forest destruction and wildfires, a global mapping program can advise on where to avoid building new roads and close existing ones, to halt severe environmental damage.