Adjunct Associate Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

Eddie Game leads conservation planning R&D for the Conservancy’s Central Science team. He is responsible for ensuring that the Conservancy remains a world leader in making science based conservation decisions, and that we get the greatest return for our conservation investments.

Currently Eddie is helping evolve our planning methods to match the Conservancy’s evolving mission, which includes greater emphasis on valuing nature, human wellbeing, engagement with other sectors, and adapting to climate change. He works globally and has helped apply innovative methods and analyses to decisions as diverse as community protected areas in the Solomon Islands and the geographic expansion of the Conservancy’s work in Africa.

Eddie completed his PhD at the University of Queensland under Professor Hugh Possingham, and holds an adjunct faculty position there. He has previously worked in fisheries and marine conservation for the Australian government. Eddie has published over 25 peer reviewed articles on topics including climate change adaptation, conservation planning, efficient monitoring, return on investment, risk analysis, marine protected areas, coral reef resilience, connectivity, dynamic decision making, and evolution. He is also author of the manual for the world’s most widely used conservation planning software, Marxan. Eddie has been nominated as an outstanding early career researcher by the Australian Academy of Science, and was the recipient of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s inaugural prize for innovative concepts to conserve the reef in the face of climate change.

Eddie lives in Brisbane, Australia and spends his evenings trying to catch lizards with his son. He has explored some of the world’s least visited destinations and has written for magazines including Outdoor and Australian Geographic on adventures such as mountain biking in Kyrgyzstan and kayaking in Greenland.


  • –present
    Adjunct Associate Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland
  • –present
    Conservation Planning Specialist, The Nature Conservancy