Academic Articles March 10

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Multiple environmental factors and prey depletion determine declines in abundance and timing of departure in migratory shorebirds in the west coast of India

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): K. Aarif et al.
  • Shorebirds around the world have been undergoing significant declines as well as alterations in patterns of migratory phenology due to major changes in the environment. Many of these changes have been linked with anthropogenic factors such as urbanization, environmental degradation, habitat loss…

Different response of alpine meadow and alpine steppe to climatic and anthropogenic disturbance on the Tibetan Plateau

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Aihua Hao et al.
  • Climate change and anthropogenic disturbance are two main drivers for vegetation dynamics on the Tibetan Plateau (TP). Alpine meadow and alpine steppe are the primary rangeland ecosystem types on the TP. However, the vegetation trends of the two land cover types and the underlying mechanisms behind their variation remain under debate…

Where wildlife and traffic collide: drivers of roadkill rates change through time in a wildlife-tourism hotspot

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Anthony Rendall et al.
  • Understanding when and where roadkill is most likely to occur is vital to reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions. However, little is known about how roadkill rates change through time and whether or not the key influences on roadkill also change. Understanding changes in roadkill will facilitate the best implementation of mitigation measures…

Anthropogenic drivers of soil microbial communities and impacts on soil biological functions in agroecosystems

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Tony Yang et al.
  • Anthropogenic interventions play a key role in promoting positive feedback of soil–plant–environment interactions, but systematic reports on how anthropogenic activities influence soil physiochemical, microorganism-induced properties and soil health are still limited. Here, we assessed the impact of anthropogenic interventions and the consequential effects on agroecosystem productivity and environmental sustainability…

Species identities impact the responses of intensity and importance of competition to the soil fertility changes

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Nianxi Zhao et al.
  • How plant competition varies with the changes of biotic and abiotic factors has been debated for a long time in the field of ecology. The aim of this study was to explore how neighbors and soil fertility influenced the intensity and importance of competition on species Stipa grandis and S. krylovii…

Factors influencing ranchers’ intentions to conserve rangelands through an extended theory of planned behavior

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Saeid Karimi, Amir Saghaleini
  • Considering the very extensive destruction of natural resources, particularly with respect to the rangelands, the role of ranchers in conserving these resources is critical. Although this issue is important, insufficient attention has been paid to ranchers’ intention to conserve rangelands…

Wetland restoration in the East Dongting Lake effectively increased waterbird diversity by improving habitat quality

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Siqi Zhang et al.
  • Wetland restoration is an effective way to recover degraded wetlands worldwide. The Dongting Lake wetland, an important wintering habitat for waterbirds, has suffered considerable degradation due to climate change and human disturbance during the last two decades; however, wetland restoration projects have now been implemented to improve waterbird diversity in the Dongting Lake…

The global distribution of protected areas management strategies and their complementarity for biodiversity conservation

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Ruppert Vimal et al.
  • Over the last decades, massive efforts have been made to both assess and increase the amount of land dedicated to biodiversity conservation. Less is known, however, about the diversity of management strategies implemented across the network of protected areas…

Offsetting connectivity loss in rivers: Towards a no-net-loss approach for barrier planning

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Virgilio Hermoso, Ana Filipe
  • Biodiversity offsetting is a popular conservation tool to reduce the impact of human activities. We demonstrate how to plan offset of connectivity loss in rivers derived from the construction of new barriers, by using the Tagus River (Iberian Peninsula) as a model…

Using feathers to map continental‐scale movements of waterbirds and wetland importance

  • Source: Conservation Letters
  • Author(s): Kate Brandis et al.
  • Waterbirds are highly mobile, moving over large distances to access resources. Although consistent migration routes are observed in highly seasonal and predictable environments, movement patterns to utilize ephemeral resources in dryland environments are largely unknown… We addressed this challenge by combining a citizen science project with the novel application of X‐ray fluorescence of feathers to detect continental scale movement of waterbirds using elemental signatures…

Recovery of logged forest fragments in a human-modified tropical landscape during the 2015-16 El Niño

  • Source: Nature Communications
  • Author(s): Matheus Nunes et al.
  • The past 40 years in Southeast Asia have seen about 50% of lowland rainforests converted to oil palm and other plantations, and much of the remaining forest heavily logged. Little is known about how fragmentation influences recovery and whether climate change will hamper restoration…

Plant provenance affects pollinator network: implications for ecological restoration

  • Source: Journal of Applied Ecology
  • Author(s): Anna Bucharova et al.
  • The selection of plant provenance for ecological restoration is an intensively debated topic. Throughout this debate, arguments mostly focus on plant performance, but little attention is paid to the effects of provenance on other members of the restored ecosystem… In this pioneering case study, we tested whether pollinators differentiate between experimental plant communities of different provenances…

Seventeen ‘extinct’ plant species back to conservation attention in Europe

  • Source: Nature Plants
  • Author(s): Thomas Abeli et al.
  • Seventeen European endemic plant species were considered extinct, but improved taxonomic and distribution knowledge as well as ex situ collecting activities brought them out of the extinct status. These species have now been reported into a conservation framework that may promote legal protection and in situ and ex situ conservation…

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