Academic Articles January 27th

Source: Quarter of known bee species have not been recorded since 1990

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Ensuring effective implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity targets

  • Source: Nature Ecology & Evolution
  • Author(s): Haigen Xu et al.
  • Biodiversity underpins the fundamental elements for human well-being including food security, human health and access to clean water. We recommend that the new global targets under the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework should be adopted by parties as the minimum national targets…

Ecosystem services and ecological compensation of world heritage: A literature review

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation
  • Author(s): Yuanyuan Fu, Kangning Xiong, Zhenzhen Zhang
  • Research on ecosystem services and ecological compensation has increasingly become a focal area in ecological research in the face of the degrading ecological environment. Recently, some institutions and studies have paid attention to ecosystem services and ecological compensation at World Heritage sites…

Effects of stewardship on protected area effectiveness for coastal birds

  • Source: Conservation Biology
  • Author(s): Nicole Michel, Sarah Saunders, Timothy Meehan, Chad Wilsey
  • Evaluation of protected area effectiveness is critical for conservation of biodiversity. Protected areas that prioritize biodiversity conservation are, optimally, located and managed in ways that support relatively large and stable or increasing wildlife populations. Yet evaluating conservation  efficacy remains a challenging endeavor. Here, we utilize an extensive community science dataset, eBird…

Quantifying the global threat to native birds from predation by non‐native birds on small islands

  • Source: Conservation Biology
  • Author(s): Thomas Evans
  • Although invasive non‐native species can adversely affect biodiversity in many ways, predation of native species by non‐native species on islands can be severely damaging. On small islands, non‐native birds may be preying on approximately 6% of the world’s near‐threatened and threatened bird species…

A guide to representing variability and uncertainty in biodiversity indicators

  • Source: Conservation Biology
  • Author(s): Jessica Rowland, Lucie Bland, Simon James, Emily Nicholson
  • Biodiversity indicators are used to inform decisions and measure progress towards global targets, such as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Indicators aggregate and simplify complex information, so underlying information influencing its reliability and interpretation can be lost…

Tree growth and aboveground biomass in a tropical mountain forest thirty years after selective logging in Sarawak, Borneo

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Renee Laing, Kian Ong, Roland Kueh, Nixon Mang, Patricia King
  • Tropical mountain forests are vital components of global floristic diversity as well as the hydrological cycle but have been extensively exploited. However, the impacts of human disturbances on changes in biomass and regional forest variation are not well documented in tropical mountainous regions…

The sound of logging: Tropical forest soundscape before, during, and after selective timber extraction

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Zuzana Burivalova et al.
  • Over half of the world’s tropical forests are used for timber extraction by selective logging… It is not known how biodiversity is impacted during and after logging, and how fast it recovers. Here, we use ecoacoustics, and specifically the recording and analysis of soundscape dawn time series, to monitor the immediate impact and early recovery of biodiversity after selective logging…

Long-term trends in livestock and wildlife interactions: do livestock numbers predict recent trends of wolves, foxes, and rodents’ populations in Mongolian rangelands?

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation 
  • Author(s): Gantulga Gankhuyag et al.
  • The Mongolian plateau is a hotspot for mammals and a perfect environment for nomadic herding. The long-term co-existence with the local wildlife is nowadays threatened by a recent drastic increase of livestock numbers, and associated modifications in the ecosystems…

Historical Landscape Use of Migratory Caribou: New Insights From Old Antlers

  • Source: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
  • Author(s): Joshua H. Miller et al.
  • Accumulations of shed caribou antlers and their isotope geochemistry extend modern datasets by decades to centuries and provide valuable baseline data for evaluating potential anthropogenic and other influences on caribou migration and landscape use…

Observations of Chinese pangolins in mainland China

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Fuhua Zhang et al.
  • The critically endangered Chinese pangolin is thought to be one of the most threatened species in mainland China; however, little is known about its distribution and population status. We collected information to improve our understanding of Chinese pangolin distribution and status…

Ecological security pattern: A new idea for balancing regional development and ecological protection. A case study of the Jiaodong Peninsula, China

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Jieming Kang, Xin Zhang, Xiaowei Zhu, Baolei Zhang
  • With the rapid development of urbanization, the disorderly expansion of land use for urban construction has led to increasingly severe spatial dislocations of ecological land and construction land, and the topic of rationally planning the scale of urban land use and controlling urban sprawl from the perspective of ecological security has become a challenge for many countries…

Retrofitting streetlights with LEDs has limited impacts on urban wildlife

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Ellery McNaughton, Jacqueline Beggs, Kevin Gaston, Darryl Jones, Margaret Stanley
  • Our study suggests that retrofitting streetlights with white LEDs may lead to both positive and negative conservation outcomes for urban wildlife, but direct impacts are relatively small and may be mitigated by changes in lighting characteristics, such as dimming…

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