Academic Articles February 16

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Selection of both habitat and genes in specialized and endangered caribou

  • Source: Conservation Biology
  • Author(s): Maria Cavedon et al.
  • Genetic mechanisms determining habitat selection and specialization of individuals within species have been hypothesized, but not tested at the appropriate individual level in nature. In this work, we analyzed habitat selection for 139 GPS-collared caribou belonging to three declining ecotypes…

Apex scavengers from different European populations converge at threatened savannah landscapes

  • Source: Scientific Reports
  • Author(s): A. Delgado-González et al.
  • Our results highlight that maintaining Iberian “dehesas” is critical not only for local biodiversity but also for long-term conservation and the ecosystem services provided by avian scavengers across the continent…

Global patterns in functional rarity of marine fish

  • Source: Nature Communications
  • Author(s): Isaac Trindade-Santos et al.
  • Rare species, which represent a large fraction of the taxa in ecological assemblages, account for much of the biological diversity on Earth. These species make substantial contributions to ecosystem functioning, and are targets of conservation policy. Here we adopt an integrated approach, combining information…

Increasing the resilience of ecological restoration to extreme climatic events

  • Source: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
  • Author(s): Chela J. Zabin et al.
  • Extreme climatic events (ECEs) are increasing in frequency and magnitude as part of global climate change, with severe consequences for both nature and human societies. While many restoration projects account for gradual climate change, ECEs are rarely considered. Through a literature search and the…

Artificial habitat structures for animal conservation: design and implementation, risks and opportunities

  • Source: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
  • Author(s): Darcy J. Watchorn et al.
  • Habitat loss and degradation, and their interaction with other threats, are driving declines in animal populations worldwide. One potential approach for mitigating these threats is to create artificial habitat structures as substitutes for lost or degraded natural structures. Here, we provide – to the best…

Connectivity and strategic opportunity to promote the establishment of private-owned protected areas in the Atlantic Forest (Serra do Mar and Bahia regions)

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation
  • Author(s): Viviane S.D. Santos et al.
  • Private-owned protected areas (PPAs) can help to halt the biodiversity decline and be widely adopted in practice because of their ease of implementation. However, their effectiveness in the highly fragmented landscape may differ between regions, and therefore implementation of potential PPAs should be…

The Complexity of the Conservation-Development Nexus in Central African National Parks and the Perceptions of Local Populations

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation
  • Author(s): Yousefpour Rasoul et al.
  • Conservation programmes of recent decades aimed to adopt an approach that addresses biodiversity conservation goals through socio-economic tools and to better integrate the human dimension into biodiversity conservation. Yet, to analyse this complex conservation-development nexus…

Saving Species in a Snap: On the Feasibility and Efficacy of Augmented Reality-based Wildlife Interactions for Conservation

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation
  • Author(s): Daniel Pimentel
  • Interactions with wildlife can contribute to biodiversity conservation outcomes, though safety and accessibility considerations limit animal encounters from being a viable strategy. This investigation explores the feasibility of mobile augmented reality to facilitate interactions with wildlife and encourage…

The role of different governance regimes in reducing native vegetation conversion and promoting regrowth in the Brazilian Amazon

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Helena N. Alves-Pinto et al.
  • Area-based conservation measures, including protected areas (PA) and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECM), play an important role in biodiversity conservation. In the Brazilian Amazon, even though Conservation Units and Indigenous Lands have been shown to reduce deforestation…

Spatial mismatch in diversity facets reveals contrasting protection for New Zealand’s cetacean biodiversity

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Théophile L. Mouton et al.
  • Cetaceans play key roles in the world’s ecosystems and provide important economic and social benefits. New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone is a global biodiversity hotspot for cetaceans and benefits from a system of marine protected areas (MPAs)…

Predicting the relative effectiveness of different management scenarios at reducing seabird interactions in a demersal trawl fishery

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Sebastián Jiménez et al.
  • The incidental mortality in trawl fisheries is considered a conservation threat for many seabirds. We simulate management scenarios, combining bird scaring lines (BSL; zero, one and two) and variables describing discards (occurrence, levels, type, and mode), to predict the total seabird collisions with warp…

Functional structure of European forest beetle communities is enhanced by rare species

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Ryan C. Burner et al.
  • Biodiverse communities have been shown to sustain high levels of multifunctionality and thus a loss of species likely negatively impacts ecosystem functions. For most taxa, however, roles of individual species are poorly known. Rare species, often most likely to go extinct…
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