Academic Articles March 3

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Perspectives on area‐based conservation and its meaning for future biodiversity policy

  • Source: Conservation Biology
  • Author(s): Nina Bhola et al.
  • During 2021, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are expected to meet in Kunming, China, to agree on a new global biodiversity framework aimed at halting and reversing biodiversity loss, encouraging the sustainable use of biodiversity, and ensuring the equitable sharing of its benefits…

Connectivity of Avicennia marina populations within a proposed marine transboundary conservation area between Kenya and Tanzania

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Ludwig Triest et al.
  • Threatened ecosystems such as intertidal mangrove forests often span political boundaries and require cross-border conservation planning initiatives. Population connectivity is key to establish transboundary collaborative actions. In this study, we assessed genetic diversity and connectivity of mangrove populations in a proposed transboundary conservation area (TBCA) between Kenya and Tanzania…

Habitat fragmentation negatively affects effective gene flow via pollen, and male and female fitness in the dioecious tree, Spondias purpurea

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): E. Cristóbal-Pérez, Eric Fuchs, Silvana Martén-Rodríguez, Mauricio Quesada
  • Habitat fragmentation is recognized as one of main threats to global biodiversity. Habitat fragmentation negatively affects population size and mutualistic interactions that directly impact plant fitness and genetic diversity; however, little is known about effects on dioecious trees…

Assessing biodiversity hotspots below the species-level in Canada using designatable units

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s:) Gillian Muir, Elizabeth Lawrence, James Grant, Dylan Fraser
  • The biodiversity hotspot approach is commonly used to identify key regions of conservation priority based on species richness and uniqueness. Like other countries, Canada uses below species-level conservation units, called Designatable Units, for assessing extinction risk on a case-by-case basis…

Shade, light, and stream temperature responses to riparian thinning in second-growth redwood forests of northern California

  • Source: PlosOne
  • Author(s): David Roon, Jason Dunham, Jeremiah Groom
  • To better understand the effects of riparian thinning on shade, light, and stream temperature, we employed a manipulative field experiment following a replicated Before-After-Control-Impact (BACI) design in three watersheds in the redwood forests of northern California, USA… 

Three ways to deliver a net positive impact with biodiversity offsets

  • Source: Conservation Biology
  • Author(s): Atte Moilanen, Janne Kotiaho
  • Biodiversity offsetting is the practice of using conservation actions, such as habitat restoration, management, or protection, to compensate for ecological losses caused by development activity, including construction projects. The typical goal of offsetting is no net loss (NNL), which means…

The population sizes and global extinction risk of reef-building coral species at biogeographic scales

  • Source: Nature Ecology & Evolution
  • Author(s): Andreas Dietzel, Michael Bode, Sean Connolly, Terry Hughes 
  • Knowledge of a species’ abundance is critically important for assessing its risk of extinction, but for the vast majority of wild animal and plant species such data are scarce at biogeographic scales. Here, we estimate the total number of reef-building corals and the population sizes of more than 300 individual species on reefs spanning the Pacific Ocean biodiversity gradient, from Indonesia to French Polynesia…

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