Academic Articles January 19

Source: Expanding national parks not enough to protect nature, say scientists


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Improving species‐based area protection in Antarctica

  • Source: Conservation Biology
  • Author(s): Laura M Phillips et al.
  • Area protection is a major mechanism deployed for environmental conservation in Antarctica. Yet the Antarctic protected areas network is widely acknowledged as inadequate, in part because the criteria for area protection south of 60°S are not fully utilized. The most poorly explored of these…

Helping to save pangolins from extinction

  • Source: Conservation Letters
  • Author(s): Siew Woh Choo et al.
  • Pangolins, widely distributed in Asia and Africa, have been described as the most heavily trafficked wild mammals globally. Following the emergence of COVID-19, researchers suggested that the Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) may have been the intermediary host of SARS-CoV-2 in a transmission…

Complex landscapes stabilize farm bird communities and their expected ecosystem services 

  • Source: Journal of Applied Ecology
  • Author(s): Olivia M. Smith et al.
  • Our results suggest that farmers can effectively manage their farms to harness ecosystem services from birds through farm diversification. Disservices provided by birds, however, appear to be most negatively impacted by landscape-level complexity. Thus, greater incentives for farmers to increase semi-natural…

Global biodiversity patterns of marine forests of brown macroalgae

  • Source: Global Ecology and Biogeography
  • Author(s): Eliza Fragkopoulou et al.
  • Marine forests of brown macroalgae create essential habitats for coastal species and support invaluable ecological services. Here, we provide the first global analysis of species richness and endemicity of both the kelp and fucoid biomes. We coupled a large dataset of macroalgal observations…

The distribution and conservation status of Tapirus terrestris in the South American Atlantic Forest

  • Source: Neotropical Biology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Kevin M. Flesher and Emilia Patricia Medici
  • Tapirus terrestris is the largest South American land mammal, with an extensive historical distribution and capable of occupying diverse habitats, and yet its populations have declined across its range. In order to provide baseline data on the conservation status of tapirs in the Atlantic Forest…

Conservation potential of semi-natural habitats for birds in intensively-used agricultural landscapes

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation
  • Author(s): Martin Šálek et al.
  • Agricultural intensification resulted in substantial loss of farmland biodiversity. Semi-natural habitats may be viewed as potential buffers of these adverse impacts, but a rigorous assessment of their capacity for supporting farmland biodiversity is lacking. In this study, we explored conservation potential of…

Landscape change shifts competitive dynamics between declining at-risk wolverines and range-expanding coyotes, compelling a new conservation focus

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Gillian Chow-Fraser et al.
  • Conservation actions need to target ecological mechanisms of species declines to be effective, but these mechanisms are often opaque. Shifting balance of competition is one pathway to species declines. Competitive coexistence is maintained only where competitive pressures balance across space…

Biodiversity conservation in private forests: Factors driving landowner’s attitude

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Ģirts Baranovskis et al.
  • In many countries, biodiversity conservation strategies are aimed not only for state land, but also private land. Participation of landowners in conservation programmes can be viewed as a continuum from voluntary by the landowner to force by the existing legislation. The biodiversity conservation system of Latvia…

Timing and magnitude of climate-driven range shifts in transboundary fish stocks challenge their management

  • Source: Global Change Biology
  • Author(s): Juliano Palacios-Abrantes et al.
  • Climate change is shifting the distribution of shared fish stocks between neighboring countries’ Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and the high seas. The timescale of these transboundary shifts determines how climate change will affect international fisheries governance. Here, we explore this timescale…
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