Academic Articles November 11th

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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.

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Do strictly protected areas protect vulnerable local tree species better than human land use? Disentangling conservation value from biodiversity value

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation 
  • Author(s): Mulugheta Araia, Paxie Chirwa, Stephen Syampungani
  • A growing number of conservationists argue that effective management of human modified ecosystems is preferable to protecting undisturbed forest ecosystems. Hence, this study evaluated the efficiency of the two alternatives for the conservation of vulnerable tree species by comparing…

The map of biodiversity mapping

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Marco Malavasi
  • In the face of rapid biodiversity loss, attention has been increasingly focused on the application of maps towards the challenges of protecting biodiversity. However, biodiversity maps can lead, or have led us into, errors since they are too often not questioned by ecologists…

Conservation challenges for the most threatened family of marine bony fishes (handfishes: Brachionichthyidae)

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Jemina Stuart-Smith et al.
  • Detection challenges have precluded listing of marine bony fishes as Extinct on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, until now…

Ecological insights from three decades of animal movement tracking across a changing Arctic

  • Source: Science
  • Author(s): Sarah Davidson et al.
  • Although substantial animal tracking data from the Arctic and subarctic exist, most are difficult to discover and access. Here, we present the new Arctic Animal Movement Archive (AAMA), a growing collection of more than 200 standardized terrestrial and marine animal tracking studies from 1991 to the present. 

Biodiversity enhances the multitrophic control of arthropod herbivory

  • Source: Science Advances
  • Author(s): A. D. Barnes et al.
  • Arthropod herbivores cause substantial economic costs that drive an increasing need to develop environmentally sustainable approaches to herbivore control. Increasing plant diversity is expected to limit herbivory by altering plant-herbivore and predator-herbivore interactions…

Impact of local and landscape complexity on the stability of field-level pest control

  • Source: Nature Sustainability
  • Author(s): Ashley Larsen & Frederik Noack 
  • While the benefits of increased food production are difficult to dispute, simplification, at both the local and landscape level, has fuelled declines in biodiversity and ecosystem services. Increasing cropland in the landscape increases the level and variability of pesticide use while crop diversity has the opposite effect…

The politics of biodiversity offsetting across time and institutional scales

  • Source: Nature Sustainability
  • Author(s): Florence Damiens, Libby Porter, Ascelin Gordon 
  • Biodiversity offsetting—actions aimed to produce biodiversity gains to compensate for development impacts—has become an important but controversial instrument of sustainability governance. To understand how this occurred, we conducted a discourse analysis…

A global analysis of the social and environmental outcomes of community forests

  • Source: Nature Sustainability
  • Author(s): Reem Hajjar
  • Community forest management (CFM) has been promoted for decades as a way to merge environmental conservation with economic development and natural resource rights agendas. Yet many of these initiatives have also led to substantial socioeconomic and environmental trade-offs…

Tree mode of death and mortality risk factors across Amazon forests

  • Source: Nature communications
  • Author(s): Adriane Esquivel-Muelbert et al.
  • The capacity of the Amazon forest to store carbon in a changing climate will ultimately be determined by how fast trees die – and what kills them. Now, a huge new study has unravelled what factors control tree mortality rates in Amazon forests and helps to explain why tree mortality is increasing across…

Assessing the future conservation potential of the Amazon and Andes Protected Areas: using the Woolly Monkey as an umbrella species

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation 
  • Author(s): Daniela Linero, Angela Cuervo-Robayo, Andrés Etter
  • Tropical forests are facing constant degradation and destruction as a result of multiple threats, mostly from land-use, and increasingly from climate change. Understanding the effects of these threats, and the role of Protected Areas in buffering their impacts, is becoming an essential task to prevent the loss of species…

A rapid approach for informing the prioritization of degraded agricultural lands for ecological recovery: A case study for Colombia

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation
  • Author(s): Janelle Sylvester
  • To achieve restoration at the landscape level, efforts must focus on ecological recovery, where productivity and ecosystem services are recovered on degraded agricultural lands, to meet not only environmental objectives but socioeconomic objectives as well, which can be accomplished through…

Defining endemism levels for biodiversity conservation: Tree species in the Atlantic Forest hotspot

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Renato de Lima, Vinícius Souza, Marinez de Siqueira, Hans Steege
  • Endemic species are important for biodiversity conservation. Yet, quantifying endemism remains challenging because endemism concepts can be too strict (i.e., pure endemism) or too subjective (i.e., near endemism). We propose a data-driven approach to objectively estimate…

Integrating season-specific needs of migratory and resident birds in conservation planning

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Hsien-Yung Lin et al.
  • Using crowd-sourced data (i.e., eBird), we identified priority stopover sites (PSSs) that target protection of 30% of the seasonal average abundance of over 400 Nearctic-Neotropical migratory bird species in the Americas during spring and fall migratory periods…

Limits to circular bioeconomy in the transition towards decentralized biowaste management systems

  • Source: Resources, Conservation and Recycling 
  • Author: Elisavet Angouria-Tsorochidou, Dominika Teigiserova, Marianne Thomsen et al.
  • The decentralization of waste management can be a coherent supporting mechanism for achieving long-term climate goals for the future communities while overcoming some of the constraints introduced due to the centralized treatment plants…
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