Academic Articles January 13th

Source: Insect populations suffering death by 1,000 cuts, say scientists

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Measuring the intensity of conflicts in conservation

  • Source: Conservation Letters
  • Author(s): Jeremy J. Cusack et al.
  • Conflicts between the interests of biodiversity conservation and other human activities pose a major threat to natural ecosystems and human well‐being, yet few methods exist to quantify their intensity and model their dynamics. We develop a categorization of conflict intensity based on the curve of conflict…

Demographic changes and loss of genetic diversity in two insular populations of bobcats

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation 
  • Author(s): Cassandra Miller-Butterworth et al.
  • We documented changes in genetic diversity in an isolated, reintroduced population of bobcats on Cumberland Island (CUIS), Georgia, USA, compared to another bobcat population on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA, that was naturally established and experiences limited immigration from the mainland…

Mammal Conservation in Amazonia’s Protected Areas: A Case Study of Peru’s Ichigkat Muja – Cordillera del Cóndor National Park

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Jason Scullion, Jacqueline Fahrenholz, Victor Huaytalla, Edgardo Rengifo, Elisabeth Lang
  • To better understand the impact of protected areas on mammal conservation in the Amazon Basin, this study evaluates the diversity, abundance, and conservation status of medium and large forest mammals in a borderland sector of Peru’s Ichigkat Muja – Cordillera del Cóndor National Park…

Does artificial feeding affect large carnivore behaviours? The case study of brown bears in a hunted and tourist exploited subpopulation

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Vincenzo Penteriani et al.
  • With the aim of studying whether the artificial feeding of brown bears may affect their behaviour, we analysed (1) the probability and intensity of feeding site use at different temporal scales, (2) how the use of artificial feeding sites is related to the bear’s age and sex, main periods of the bear’s annual cycle and characteristics of the feeding sites, and (3) how the use of artificial feeding may be affecting bear movement patterns…

Spatial distribution patterns of invasive alien species in China

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Jing Chen, Fangzhou Ma, Yanjing Zhang, Chenbin Wang, Haigen Xu
  • The spatial distribution of invasive alien species is driven by various factors, and should be comprehensively evaluated based on multiple invasion indices and different taxonomic groups. In our study, we constructed three sets of invasion indices…

Predicting global climatic suitability for the four most invasive anuran species using ecological niche factor analysis

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Desiree Andersen, Amaël Borzée, Yikweon Jang
  • Four species have been designated as the worst anuran invaders worldwide: Duttaphrynus melanostictus, Rhinella marina, Lithobates catesbeianus and Xenopus laevis. In this study, we modelled global habitat suitability for all four species using ecological niche factor analysis (ENFA) to predict the most susceptible areas to invasion…

Genomic evidence of past and future climate-linked loss in a migratory Arctic fish

  • Source: Ecology
  • Author(s): K. Layton et al.
  • Despite widespread biodiversity losses, an understanding of how most taxa will respond to future climate change is lacking. Here we integrate genomics and environmental modelling to assess climate change responses in an ecologically and economically important Arctic species…

Overexploitation and behavioral changes of the largest South Atlantic parrotfish: Evidence from fishers’ knowledge

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Pedro Pereira, Maria Ternes, José Nunes, Vinicius Giglio
  • Assessing species conservation status and population trends is challenging especially on low and low-middle income countries mostly due to high costs. Therefore, long-term information about species gained through local ecological knowledge, can reveal threatening and overexploitation scenarios aiming to generate information for extinction risk reduction and conservation priority targets…

Population decline in the Critically Endangered Campanulaceae endemic to Desertas Islands (Madeira Archipelago) calls for urgent conservation management

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation 
  • Author(s): Pedro Pereira, Maria Ternes, José Nunes, Vinicius Giglio
  • Macaronesian islands include a high degree of plant endemicity and correspond to one of the most threatened biodiversity hotspots due to several human driven impacts such as habitat loss, invasive species, overexploitation or climate change. The conservation status of the largest of the two known population of Musschia isambertoi M. Seq., R. Jardim, M. Silva and L. Carvalho (Campanulaceae) was assessed recently…

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