Academic Articles June 2

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Ethics and governance for internet‐based conservation science research

  • Source: Conservation Biology
  • Author(s): Ruth Thompson, Jordan Hall, Chris Morrison, Nicole Palmer, David Roberts
  • Internet-based research is increasingly important for conservation science with wide-ranging applications and contexts, including culturomics, the illegal wildlife trade, and citizen science. However, online research methods pose a range of ethical and legal challenges…

Insect threats and conservation through the lens of global experts

  • Source: Conservation Letters
  • Author(s): Marija Miličić, Snežana Popov, Vasco Branco, Pedro Cardoso
  • While several recent studies have focused on global insect population trends, all are limited in either space or taxonomic scope… Our aim is to use global expert opinion to provide insights on the root causes of potential insect declines worldwide, as well as on effective conservation strategies that could mitigate insect biodiversity loss…

Taking the pulse of Earth’s tropical forests using networks of highly distributed plots

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Cecilia Blundo et al.
  • Tropical forests are the most diverse and productive ecosystems on Earth… Here we show how a global community is responding to the challenges of tropical ecosystem research with diverse teams measuring forests tree-by-tree in thousands of long-term plots. We review the major scientific discoveries of this work and show how this process is changing tropical forest science…

An efficient method for defining plant species under High Conservation Value (HCV) criterion 1 based on the IUCN Red List criteria: a case study using species endemic to Gabon

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation 
  • Author(s): Nicolas Texier et al.
  • The High Conservation Value (HCV) concept, developed by the Forest Stewardship Council to promote sustainable forest management, is widely employed for certification of forestry and agriculture concessions, and has been adopted by many logging and palm oil companies. Using the plants endemic to Gabon as a case study, we propose a rapid, two-step procedure to identify HCV1 species…

A global review of the threats of mining on mid-sized and large mammals

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation 
  • Author(s): Angele Martins-Oliveira et al.
  • Mineral exploitation threatens wildlife by the contamination of soil and water sources, vegetation suppression, and due to changes in landscape configuration. The large and mid-sized forest-dependent mammals need large areas to support their ecological needs, and are largely impacted by these landscape alterations…

Declining diversity of wild-caught species puts dietary nutrient supplies at risk

  • Source: Science Advances
  • Author(s): Sebastian A. Heilpern et al.
  • Although biodiversity loss adversely influences a variety of ecosystem functions, how declining wild food diversity affects nutrient supplies for people is poorly understood. Here, we analyze the impact of declining biodiversity on nutrients supplied by fish using detailed information from the Peruvian Amazon…

Transforming Antarctic management and policy with an Indigenous Māori lens

  • Source: Nature Ecology & Evolution
  • Author(s): Priscilla Wehi et al.
  • We argue that an Indigenous Māori framework centring relational thinking and connectedness, humans and non-human kin, and drawing on concepts of both reciprocity and responsibility, offers transformational insight into true collective management and conservation of Antarctica…

Importance of species translocations under rapid climate change

  • Source: Conservation Biology
  • Author(s): Nathalie Butt et al.
  • While hundreds of articles mention using translocation as a climate-change adaptation tool, in practice, assisted migration as a conservation action remains rare, especially for animals… We recommend the following to advance assisted migration as a conservation tool…

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