journal articles

Tienhaara, K., Thrasher, R., Simmons, B. A., & Gallagher, K. P. (2022). Investor-state disputes threaten the global green energy transition. Science, 376, 701-703.

Kuempel, C. D., Simmons, B. A., & Davey, M. (2022). Assessing the status of existing and tentative marine World Heritage areas reveals opportunities to better achieve World Heritage Convention goals. Journal of Environmental Management, 304, 114276.

Elsen, P. R., Saxon, E. C., Simmons, B. A., Ward, M., Williams, B. A., Grantham, H. S., Kark, S., Levin, N., Perez-Hammerle, K. V., Reside, A., & Watson, J. E. M. (2022). Accelerated shifts in terrestrial life zones under rapid climate change. Global Change Biology, 28, 918-935..

Kuempel, C. D., Tulloch, V., Giffin, A., Simmons, B. A., Hagger, V., Phua, C., & Hoegh-Guldberg, O. (2022). Identifying management opportunities to combat climate, land, and marine threats across less climate exposed coral reefs. Conservation Biology, 36, e13856.

Butt, N., Halpern, B. S., O’Hara, C. C., Allcock, L., Polidoro, B., Sherman, S., Byrne, M., Birkeland, C., Dwyer, R. G., Frazier, M., Woodworth, B. K., Arango, C. P., Kingsford, M. J., Udyawer, V., Hutchings, P., Scanes, E., McClaren, E. J., Maxwell, S. M., Diaz-Pulido, G., Dugan, E., Simmons, B. A., Wenger, A. S., & Klein, C. J. (2022). A trait-based framework for assessing the vulnerability of marine species to human impacts. Ecosphere, 13, e3919.

Yang, H.*, Simmons, B. A.*, Ray, R., Nolte, C., Gopal, S., Ma, Y., Ma, X., & Gallagher, K. P. (2021). Risks to global biodiversity and Indigenous lands from China’s overseas development finance. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 5, 1520-1529. *Authors contributed equally.

Brown, J., Burton, M., Davis, K. J., Iftekhar, S., Olsen, S. B., Simmons, B. A., Strange, N., & Wilson, K. A. (2021). Heterogeneity in preferences for non-financial incentives to engage landholders in native vegetation management. Land Economics, 97, 388-406.

Williams, B. A., Simmons, B. A., Ward, M., Beher, J., Dean, A. J., Nou, T., Kenyon, T., Davey, M., Melton, C., Stewart-Sinclair, P., Hammond, N. L., Massingham, E., & Klein, C. J. (2021). The potential for applying “Nonviolent Communication” in conservation science. Conservation Science and Practice, 3, e540.

Ray, R., Gallagher, K. P., Kring, W., Pitts, J., & Simmons, B. A. (2021). Geolocated dataset of Chinese overseas development finance. Scientific Data, 8, 241.

Simmons, B. A., Nolte, C., & McGowan, J. (2021). Tough questions for the “30×30” conservation agenda. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 19, 322-323.

Simmons, B. A., Ray, R., Yang, H., & Gallagher, K. P. (2021). China can help solve the debt and environmental crises. Science, 371, 468-470.

Simmons, B. A., Wilson, K. A., & Dean, A. J. (2021). Psychosocial drivers of land management behaviour: how threats, norms, and context influence deforestation intentions. Ambio, 50, 1364-1377.

Pramono, A. H., Faud, H. A. H., Haryanto, B., Indrawan, M., Khasanah, N., Manessa, M. D. M., Pratiwi, K., Sari, D. A., Siregar, R. S. E., Supriatna, J., Winarni, N. L., Gallagher, K. P., Ray, R., & Simmons, B. A. (2021). Mitigating social-ecological risks from the surge in China’s overseas investment: an Indonesian profile. Discover Sustainability, 2, 59.

Simmons, B. A., Wilson, K. A., & Dean, A. J. (2020). Program awareness, social capital, and perceptions of trees influence participation in private land conservation programs in Queensland, Australia. Environmental Management, 66, 289-304.

Simmons, B. A., Wilson, K. A., & Dean, A. J. (2020). Landholder typologies illuminate pathways for social change in a deforestation hotspot. Journal of Environmental Management, 254, 109777.

Prist, P. R., Levin, N., Metzger, J. P., de Mello, K., de Paula Costa, M. D., Castagnino, R., Cortes-Ramirez, J., Lin, D. L., Butt, N., Lloyd, T. J., López-Cubillos, S., Mayfield, H. J., Negret, P. J., Oliveira-Bevan, I., Reside, A. E., Rhodes, J. R., Simmons, B. A., Suárez-Castro, A. F., & Kark, S. (2019). Collaboration across boundaries in the Amazon. Science, 366, 699-700.

Simmons, B. A., Wilson, K. A., Marcos-Martinez, R., Bryan, B. A., Holland, O., & Law, E. A. (2018). Effectiveness of regulatory policy in curbing deforestation in a biodiversity hotspot. Environmental Research Letters, 13, 124003.

Simmons, B. A., Marcos-Martinez, R., Law, E. A., Bryan, B. A., & Wilson, K. A. (2018). Frequent policy uncertainty can negate the benefits of forest conservation policy. Environmental Science and Policy, 89, 401-411.

Simmons, B. A., Law, E. A., Marcos-Martinez, R., Bryan, B. A., McAlpine, C., & Wilson, K. A. (2018). Spatial and temporal patterns of land clearing during policy change. Land Use Policy, 75, 399-410.

Simmons, B. A., & McRae, T. R. (2014). Hidden Markov models of eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) alarm calls. Adaptive Behavior, 22, 180-188.

reports & policy briefs

Simmons, B. A., Nolte, C., & McGowan, J. (2021). Delivering on Biden’s 2030 Conservation Commitment. GDPC Working Paper 001/2021. Global Development Policy Center, Boston University.

Selinske, M. J., & Simmons, B. A. (2021). The Nature of Nature Connection among City of Melbourne Community Members. A report for the City of Melbourne’s Nature in the City Strategy. RMIT University, Melbourne.

Fuller, R. A., Clemens, R. S., Woodworth, B. K., Moffit, D., Steven, R., & Simmons, B. A. (2019). Managing Threats to Migratory Shorebirds in Moreton Bay. A report to Healthy Land and Water. University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Simmons, B. A., & Dean, A. (2018). Submission to the Vegetation Management and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018. Submission No. 662. State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee, Brisbane.


Simmons, B. A. (2020). Illuminating the biophysical, political, and cultural dimensions of tree clearing to inform environmental policy. Doctoral Thesis. School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia.

Simmons, B. A. (2015). Dynamics of the encroaching sicklebush (Dichrostachys cinera) in Nechisar National Park, Ethiopia. Masters Thesis. Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

datasets & interactives

China, Debt, Climate & Nature: Opportunities for Financial Stability. (2021). Interactive Database. Global Development Policy Center, Boston University.

China’s Overseas Development Finance (CODF) Database: Geospatial Data for Analysis of Biodiversity and Indigenous Lands. (2020). Interactive Database. Global Development Policy Center, Boston University.

Geolocated Dataset of Chinese Overseas Development Finance. (2020). Dataset. Open Science Framework (OSF). Global Development Policy Center, Boston University.