Academic Articles Nov. 27

The latest academic papers on conservation. If you have a paper that you would like to share, please get in contact with us. Click on the title to follow the link to each article. Please note that some of these articles are behind a paywall.


  • Edge effects on trophic cascades in tropical rainforests
    • Source: Conservation Biology
    • Author(s): Michelle Lisa Kiri Harrison, Cristina Banksā€Leite
    • The cascading effects of biodiversity loss on ecosystem functioning within forested systems have recently become more apparent. However, how edge effects shape these processes has yet to be established. Here we assessed how edge effects alter arthropod populations and the strength of any resultant…
  • Biodiversity and wind energy
    • Source: Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy
    • Author(s): Christian C. Voigt, Tanja M. Straka, Marcus Fritze.
    • The location and operation of wind energy plants are often in direct conflict with the legal protection of endangered species. The almost unanimous opinion of experts from local and central government authorities, environmental NGOs and expert offices is that the current mechanisms for the protection…
  • Forests face climate change tug of war
    • Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
    • Author(s): John S. Sperry et al
    • Increased carbon dioxide allows plants to photosynthesize more and use less water. But warmer temperatures drive plants to use more water and photosynthesize less. So, which force, CO2 fertilization or heat stress, wins this climate tug of war? It depends on whether forests and trees are able to adapt…
  • Is the insect apocalypse upon us? How to find out
    • Source: Biological Conservation
    • Author(s): Graham A. Montgomery et al
    • In recent decades, entomologists have documented alarming declines in occurrence, taxonomic richness, and geographic range of insects around the world.
  • Endangered whales react to environmental changes
    • Source: Global Change Biology
    • Authors(s): Russell A. Charif et al
    • Some ‘canaries’ are 50 feet long, weigh 70 tons, and are nowhere near a coal mine. But the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale is sending the same kind of message about disruptive change in the environment by rapidly altering its use of important habitat areas off the
  • Habitat restoration alone not enough to support threatened caribou
    • Source: Biological Conservation
    • Author(s): Erin R. Tattersall, Joanna M. Burgar, Jason T. Fisher, A. Cole Burton.
    • New research suggests restoring habitat may not be enough to save threatened woodland caribou — an iconic animal that’s a major part of boreal forests in North America and a key part of the culture and economy of many Indigenous peoples in Canada
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