Academic Articles June 16

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Determining ranges of poorly known mammals as a tool for global conservation assessment

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Claire L. Stewart et al.
  • Incomplete taxonomic knowledge impedes biodiversity conservation. One in six species are classified as Data Deficient (DD) on the IUCN Red List. Despite often warranting urgent conservation attention, data-poor species are excluded from resource prioritizations and funding schemes…

Prioritizing forest management actions to benefit marine habitats in data‐poor regions

  • Source: Conservation Biology
  • Author(s): Jade Delevaux and Kostantinos Stamoulis
  • Land-use change is considered one of the greatest human threats to marine ecosystems globally. Given limited resources for conservation, we adapted and scaled up a spatially explicit, linked land-sea decision support tool using open access global geospatial datasets and software to inform the…

Using systems thinking to inform management of imperiled species: A case study with sea turtles

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s):  Ian Silver-Gorges et al.
  • We apply systems thinking to the Northern Gulf of Mexico loggerhead Recovery Unit, one of the smallest subpopulations of loggerheads nesting in the USA. We characterized disturbances to nests, management actions, and hatchling production across 12 nesting beaches used by this RU to explore…

Asking sensitive questions in conservation using Randomised Response Techniques

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Harriet Ibbett, Julia Jones and Freya St John
  • Conservation increasingly seeks knowledge of human behaviour. However, securing reliable data can be challenging, particularly if the behaviour is illegal or otherwise sensitive. Specialised questioning methods such as Randomised Response Techniques are increasingly used in conservation to provide…

The influence of biophysical and socio-economic factors on the effectiveness of private land conservation areas in preventing natural land cover loss across South Africa

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Tafadzwa Shumba et al.
  • There is increasing interest in the potential of private land conservation areas (PLCAs) as a complementary biodiversity conservation strategy to state-owned protected areas. There  is limited understanding of how the diverse social-ecological contexts of PLCAs influence their effectiveness…

Protected area networks do not represent unseen biodiversity

  • Source: Scientific Reports
  • Author(s): Ángel Delso, Javier Fajardo and Jesús Muñoz
  • Most existing protected area networks are biased to protect charismatic species or landscapes. We hypothesized that conservation networks designed to include unseen biodiversity—species rich groups that consist of inconspicuous taxa, or groups affected by knowledge gaps—are more efficient than…

Detecting Climate Signals in Southern Ocean Krill Growth Habitat

  • Source: Frontiers in Marine Science
  • Author(s): Zephyr T. Sylvester, Matthew Long, and Cassandra Brooks
  • Climate change is rapidly altering the habitat of Antarctic krill, a key species of the Southern Ocean food web. Krill are a critical element of Southern Ocean ecosystems as well as biogeochemical cycles, while also supporting an international commercial fishery. In addition to trends forced by global-scale,…

Soil metabolome response to whole-ecosystem warming at the Spruce and Peatland Responses under Changing Environments experiment

  • Source: PNAS
  • Author(s): Rachel Wilson et al.
  • While peatlands have historically stored massive amounts of soil carbon, warming is expected to enhance decomposition, leading to a positive feedback with climate change. Our results revealed increased decomposition to be fueled by the availability of reactive carbon substrates produced by…

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