Academic Articles Apr. 13

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  • Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on biodiversity conservation
    • Source: Biological Conservation
    • Author(s): Richard T. Corlett et al.
    • The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all parts of human society. Like everyone else, conservation biologists are concerned first with how the pandemic will affect their families, friends, and people around the world. But we also have a duty to think about how it will impact the world’s biodiversity and our ability to protect it…
  • The projected timing of abrupt ecological disruption from climate change
    • Source: Nature 
    • Author(s): Christopher H. Trisos, Cory Merow, Alex L. Pigot
    • Using annual projections of temperature and precipitation to estimate when species will be exposed to potentially harmful climate conditions reveals that disruption of ecological assemblages as a result of climate change will be abrupt…
  • The pace of biodiversity change in a warming climate
    • Source: Nature
    • Author(s): Jennifer M. Sunday
    • The timing of disruptions to biodiversity associated with global warming is a key, but little-explored, dimension of change. Will losses in biodiversity occur all at once, or be spread out over time?
  • Transboundary Frontiers: An Emerging Priority for Biodiversity Conservation
    • Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
    • Author(s): Jiajia Liu, Ding Li Yong, Chi-Yeung Choi, Luke Gibson
    • The world’s biomes and their associated ecosystems are artificially fractured by geopolitical boundaries that define countries. Yet ‘transboundary’ landscapes often overlap with biodiversity hotspots, contain surprisingly important ecosystems, and provide critical habitats for threatened species. 
  • The worldwide impact of urbanisation on avian functional diversity
    • Source: Ecology Letters
    • Author(s): Daniel Sol et al.
    • Urbanisation is driving rapid declines in species richness and abundance worldwide, but the general implications for ecosystem function and services remain poorly understood. Here, we integrate global data on bird communities with comprehensive information on traits associated with ecological processes to show that…
  • Solutions for humanity on how to conserve insects
    • Source: Biological Conservation
    • Author(s): Michael J. Samways et al.
    • Some of the tiniest creatures on the planet are vital for the environment. But there is a worldwide fall in insect numbers after an accelerating rate of extinction. Now, a global group of 30 scientists — including University of Huddersfield lecturer Dr Matt Hill — has highlighted the issue and suggests…
  • Linking threat maps with management to guide conservation investment
    • Source: Biological Conservation
    • Author(s): Vivitskaia J. D. Tulloch et al.
    • Stressors to marine ecosystems are increasing, driven by human activities in the sea and on land, and climate change. Cumulative impact maps highlight regions affected by multiple human activities, but efficient conservation investment requires linking dominant pressures to…
  • Ecosystem accounting for marine protected areas: A proposed framework
    • Source: Ecological Economics
    • Author(s): B. Cavalletti, C. Di Fabio, E. Lagomarsino, P. Ramassa
    • Many policy initiatives and scientific studies promote the use of economic accounting as a statistical basis for end-users and policy-makers’ evaluation of the distributive and allocative effects of environmental and economic policies. 
  • Refuges for biodiversity conservation: A review of the evidence
    • Source: Biological Conservation
    • Author(s): K. E. Selwood, H. C. Zimmer
    • Refuges and refugia are important to conservation management because of their potential to protect species from difficult-to-manage threats such as changing climate, extreme events (e.g., drought, fire) and biotic threats (e.g., disease, invasive species). 
  • Global shifts in mammalian population trends reveal key predictors of virus spillover risk
    • Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society B
    • Author(s): Christine K. Johnson et al.
    • As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, a common question is, can infectious diseases be connected to environmental change? Yes, indicates a new study. Exploitation of wildlife by humans through hunting, trade, habitat degradation and urbanization facilitates close contact between wildlife and humans, which increases the risk of virus spillover, the study found.
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