Academic Articles February 9

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Perspectives in machine learning for wildlife conservation

  • Source: Nature Communications
  • Author(s): Devia Tuia et al.
  • We argue that animal ecologists can capitalize on large datasets generated by modern sensors by combining machine learning approaches with domain knowledge. Incorporating machine learning into ecological workflows could improve inputs for ecological models and lead to integrated hybrid modeling tools…

Increasing spatial dispersion in ecosystem restoration mitigates risk in disturbance‐driven environments 

  • Source: Journal of Applied Ecology
  • Author(s): Gregory S. Fivash et al.
  • By introducing a level of spatial overdispersion (variance in vegetation clustering) into restoration planting designs, projects will insure themselves against the uncertainty imposed by disturbances, limited by their willingness to accept a lower rate of recolonization. Abstract Many vegetated…

Interacting global change drivers suppress a foundation tree species 

  • Source: Ecology Letters
  • Author(s): S. Luke Flory et al.
  • The effects of multiple global change stressors, including plant invasion, drought and fire on the foundation species longleaf pine were evaluated in a field experiment. The invader generated exceptionally high fuel loads, resulting in more intense fires, including taller flames. As a result, trees…

Land use effects on tree species diversity and soil properties of the Awudua Forest, Ghana

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Kelvin Appiah-Badu et al.
  • Rubber plantation establishment is a common land use that can profoundly impact plant diversity and soil properties in tropical forest ecosystems, although empirical data on such effects are scarce in tropical Africa. In this study, we examined the effects of this land use on tree species diversity and soil…

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 failure of conservation strategies in tropical regions and the need to challenge the “Western World Paradigm”

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation
  • Author(s): Luca Luiselli and Giovanni Amori
  • Conservation strategies for tropical species and habitats are decided largely on the basis of studies and examples made in the temperate regions, especially in North America and Europe. Conservation strategies for tropical species are often thought to fail due to a plethora of « human dimension » reasons…

A continental approach to jaguar extirpation: a tradeoff between anthropic and intrinsic causes

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation
  • Author(s): Pablo Villalva and Francisco Palomares
  • Human impacts are blamed for range contraction in several animal species worldwide. Remarkably, carnivores and particularly top predators are threatened by humans despite their key role in maintaining ecosystem balance and functions. Conservation strategies to allow human-carnivore coexistence…

An organizational framework for effective conservation organizations

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Ignacio Jiménez and Xavier Basurto
  • There is a scarcity of studies on how to design conservation organizations to improve biodiversity outcomes. We use information from four conservation organizations to update and describe an organizational framework for effective conservation organizations…

Psychological ownership of nature: A conceptual elaboration and research agenda

  • Source: Global ChangeBiological Conservation
  • Author(s): Xiongzhi Wang et al.
  • Psychological ownership, i.e., the sense that an object is “mine/ours”, has been adapted from the organisational psychology literature and applied to the environmental sphere to promote individuals’ conservation behaviours. However, the concept—“psychological ownership of nature”—requires greater scrutiny…

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