Academic Articles February 2

Source: Global count estimates Earth has 73,000 tree species – 14% more than reported


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Fulfilling global marine commitments; lessons learned from Gabon

  • Source: Conservation Letters
  • Author(s): Kristian Metcalfe et al.
  • As part of the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework, nations are assessing progress over the past decade in addressing the underlying drivers that influence direct pressures on biodiversity and formulating new policies and strategies for the decade to come. For marine conservation, global marine conservation…

Using movement models and systematic conservation planning to inform marine protected area design for a multi-species predator community

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Maurits P. M. van Zinnicq Bergmann et al.
  • Marine protected areas (MPAs) are increasingly applied to regulate fishing and conserve marine biodiversity. Yet, MPAs are often designed without sufficient ecological knowledge of the species they are intended to protect. This is particularly relevant to large and wide-ranging marine predators…

Old and ancient trees are life history lottery winners and vital evolutionary resources for long-term adaptive capacity

  • Source: Nature Plants
  • Author(s): Charles H. Cannon et al.
  • Trees can live for many centuries with sustained fecundity and death is largely stochastic. We use a neutral stochastic model to examine tree demographic patterns that emerge over time, across a range of population sizes and empirically observed mortality rates. A small proportion of trees…

Global camera trap synthesis highlights the importance of protected areas in maintaining mammal diversity

  • Source: Conservation Letters
  • Author(s): Cheng Chen et al.
  • The establishment of protected areas (PAs) is a central strategy for global biodiversity conservation. While the role of PAs in protecting habitat has been highlighted, their effectiveness at protecting mammal communities remains unclear. We analyzed a global dataset from over 8671 camera traps…

Poaching of protected wolves fluctuated seasonally and with non-wolf hunting

  • Source: Scientific Reports
  • Author(s): Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila and Adrian Treves
  • Poaching is the main cause of mortality for many large carnivores, and mitigating it is imperative for the persistence of their populations. For Wisconsin gray wolves (Canis lupus), periods of increased risk in overall mortality and poaching seem to overlap temporally with legal hunting seasons for other large…

Applying a Systematic Conservation Planning Tool and Ecological Risk Index for Spatial Prioritization and Optimization of Protected Area Networks in Iran

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation
  • Author(s): Shekoufeh Nematollahi et al.
  • One of the key purposes of conservation selection strategies is to design a network of sites to support relevant biodiversity components and, therefore, decrease the risk of populations becoming isolated. To this end, it is important to be aware of the habitat locations of the target species…

Overview of the Great Barrier Reef sea cucumber fishery with focus on vulnerable and endangered species

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Kennedy Wolfe and Maria Byrne
  • Tropical sea cucumbers are in peril due to overharvest. Sixteen species are endangered or vulnerable (IUCN) with high-value teatfish recently listed on CITES Appendix II. In light of these listings, we review the Queensland Sea Cucumber Fishery, which harvests CITES-listed black teatfish…

Social impacts of biodiversity offsetting: A review

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Anna-Kaisa Tupala et al.
  • Biodiversity offsets rarely include participatory methods to involve local people. When planning biodiversity offsetting area, local people’s cultural, spiritual or recreational values are not acknowledged. Development of offsetting methodology to participatory direction has rarely been done…

Assessing the temporal-spatial dynamic reduction in ecosystem services caused by air pollution: A near-real-time data perspective

  • Source: Resources, Conservation and Recycling
  • Author(s): Qing Yang
  • Air pollution is impacting ecosystem services (ES). This paper proposes an energy-based method framework to assess the dynamic impacts of near-real-time air pollution on ES at different temporal-spatial scales. The paper presents the cases of Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing and Baoding, China…
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