Academic Articles June 23

‘Road to extinction’: koalas could soon be
listed as endangered in swathes of eastern Australia

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Rapid assessment to facilitate climate-informed conservation and nature-based solutions

  • Source: Conservation Science and Practice
  • Author(s): Lauren E. Oakes, Molly S. Cross & Erika S. Zavaleta
  • The need to ensure that rising investment in nature-based climate solutions delivers expected outcomes hinges on incorporating current and future climate into design and implementation. Technical guidelines and formal planning processes serve a purpose in ensuring the quality of climate-informed strategies…

Seasonal spatial dynamics of butterfly migration

  • Source: Ecology Letters
  • Author(s): Shawan Chowdhury et al.
  • Understanding the seasonal movements of migratory species underpins ecological studies. Several hundred butterfly species show migratory behaviour, yet the spatial pattern of these migrations is poorly understood. We developed climatic niche models for 405 migratory butterfly species globally…

Every case is different: Cautionary insights about generalisations in human-wildlife conflict from a range-wide study of people and jaguars

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Alexandra Zimmermann et al.
  • Human-jaguar conflict across the species range occurs in many different socio-economic contexts. Every case of conflict is unique, even when natural, economic or cultural settings appear similar. No consistent factors could be found that predict how farmers perceive jaguars and deal with losses of livestock…

Fragment connectivity shapes bird communities through functional trait filtering in two types of grasslands

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Fabio Marcolin et al.
  • Habitat fragmentation is considered one of the most severe threatening factors for global biodiversity. Here we assessed, how local and landscape scale environmental variables, such as fragment size relates to bird community composition, species richness, abundance and functional diversity…

Synergistic benefits of conserving land-sea ecosystems

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Rachel Carlson et al.
  • Mangroves, seagrasses, and coral reefs interact in tropical regions throughout the world. These ecosystems exhibit strong synergies, as the health of each ecosystem supports the functioning of adjacent habitats. We present a global spatial analysis of mangrove, seagrass, and reef communities…

Populations in stable and variable habitats: Green and common sandpiper in a beaver-influenced landscape

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Petri Nummia, CélineArzel & Virva Sauramoa
  • Stability of breeding habitat use and population variability was studied in two common wader species: green sandpiper Tringa ochropus and common sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos in a boreal lake area in southern Finland. The main natural driver of habitat disturbance in the area is an ecosystem engineer…

Citizen science rapidly delivers extensive distribution data for birds in a key tropical biodiversity area

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Thomas Squires et al.
  • Citizen science projects remain rare in biodiverse yet data-poor countries, contributing to a shortfall in data for biodiversity monitoring and promoting public stewardship of nature. We document and analyse BigMonth2020, a month-long birdwatching event across Java and Bali, publicised through social media…

Leveraging social media and deep learning to detect rare megafauna in video surveys

  • Source: Conservation Biology 
  • Author(s): Laura Mannocci et al.
  • Deep learning has become a key tool for the automated monitoring of animal populations with video-surveys. However, obtaining large amounts of images to train such models is a major challenge for rare and elusive species since field video-surveys provide few sightings. We propose a methodological…

Optimizing conservation in species‐specific agricultural landscapes

  • Source: Conservation Biology 
  • Author(s): John Yeiser et al.
  • Recovery of grassland birds in agricultural landscapes is a global imperative. Agricultural landscapes are complex, and the value of resource patches may vary substantially among species. The spatial extent at which landscape features affect populations (i.e., scale of effect) may also differ…

Revisiting species and areas of interest for conserving global mammalian phylogenetic diversity

  • Source: Nature Communications
  • Author(s): Marine Robuchon et al.
  • Various prioritisation strategies have been developed to cope with accelerating biodiversity loss and limited conservation resources. These strategies could become more engaging for decision-makers if they reflected the positive effects conservation can have on future projected biodiversity…

Post-fire habitat relationships for birds differ among ecosystems

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Frederick Rainsford et al.
  • Knowledge of how factors such as climate, plant regeneration traits and fire characteristics influence the rate and pattern of post-fire habitat change is crucial for strategic fire management and biodiversity conservation in fire-affected areas. Yet knowledge of when and where these factors are in play… 

The function‐dominance correlation drives the direction and strength of biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships

  • Source: Ecology Letters
  • Author(s): Michael Crawford et al.
  • Community composition is a primary determinant of how biodiversity change influences ecosystem functioning and, therefore, the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (BEF). We examine the consequences of community composition across six structurally realistic plant community models….

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