Academic Articles October 13

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Aboveground carbon stocks in Madagascar’s vanilla production landscape – exploring rehabilitation through agroforestry in the light of land-use history

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Marie Rolande Soazafy et al.
  • Forests and tree-dominated land uses store large amounts of carbon stocks in plant biomass. However, anthropogenic changes in land use and land cover decrease tree cover and associated carbon stocks. Agroforestry has the potential to maintain or restore carbon in plant biomass but the amount…

Elephant browsing impacts in a Zambezian Baikiaea woodland with a high density of pumped waterholes

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Luke J. Wilson et al.
  • Foraging by African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) and other herbivores tends to result in a piosphere effect around water sources, with increasing pressure on vegetation as distance to water decreases. This study aimed to investigate the impacts of pumped waterholes on woody vegetation…

Assessing the effectiveness of protected areas against habitat fragmentation and loss: A long-term multi-scalar analysis in a mediterranean region

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation
  • Author(s): Jesús Santiago-Ramos and José María Feria-Toribio
  • Protected Areas (PAs) are effective against fragmentation within their boundaries. Connectivity between PAs can be significantly affected by fragmentation outside protection boundaries. Small losses of habitat outside PAs have a strong impact on regional-scale fragmentation…

Unmanned aircraft systems for protected areas: gadgetry or necessity?

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation
  • Author(s): Gernot Seier et al.
  • The ease of use and availability of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) recently pervaded a wide range of topics and applications. In nature conservation and for the management of protected areas (PAs), UAS are still not an established approach compared to other methods such as satellite-based remote…

Does threatened species listing status predict climate change risk? A case study with Australian Persoonia (Proteaceae) species

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Samantha E. Andres et al.
  • Climate change risk assessments are essential for the successful conservation and management of species under future climates. Species distribution models (SDMs) are versatile tools that can estimate species exposure to shifts in climate, but they lack information on the response capacity of species…

Individual and synergistic effects of habitat loss and roads on reptile occupancy

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): James E. Paterson et al.
  • Habitat loss and road mortality pose severe threats to wildlife by reducing available resources, increasing mortality rates, and fragmenting remaining habitat into smaller patches. The combined threats of habitat loss and road mortality may amplify each other to increase extinction risks…

The disruption of a keystone interaction erodes pollination and seed dispersal networks

  • Source: Ecology
  • Author(s): Agustin Vitali et al.
  • Understanding the impacts of global change on ecological communities is a major challenge in modern ecology. The gain or loss of particular species and the disruption of key interactions are both consequences and drivers of global change that can lead to the disassembly of ecological networks….

Applying assessments of adaptive capacity to inform natural‐resource management in a changing climate

  • Source: Conservation Biology
  • Author(s): L.L. Thurman et al.
  • Adaptive capacity (AC)—the ability of a species to cope with or accommodate climate change—is a critical determinant of species vulnerability, along with exposure and sensitivity. Using information on species’ adaptive capacity in conservation planning is critical for ensuring successful outcomes….

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