Academic Articles September 8

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Translating area-based conservation pledges into efficient biodiversity protection outcomes

  • Source: Communications Biology
  • Author(s): Charles A. Cunningham et al.
  • Ambitious national and global pledges to protect increasing areas of land risk trading conservation effectiveness for convenience of designation. We show that UK conservation areas often lie outside the highest biodiversity priority landscapes, and that systematic conservation planning can improve site selection.

Human dimensions of bat conservation – 10 recommendations to improve and diversify studies of human-bat interactions

  • Source: Biological Conservation 
  • Author(s): Tanja M. Straka et al.
  • Human dimensions (HD) research is a discipline of conservation social sciences that applies social and psychological sciences to understand and influence conservation-relevant human behaviour. An understanding of the human dimensions is particularly required for bats because…

The potential contribution of terrestrial nature‐based solutions to a national ‘net zero’ climate target

  • Source: Journal of Applied Ecology
  • Author(s): Tom Bradfer-Lawrence et al.
  • Many national governments have incorporated nature-based solutions (NbS) in their plans to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions. However, uncertainties persist regarding both feasibility and consequences of major NbS deployment. Using the United Kingdom as a national-level case study…

Can tea support biodiversity with a few “nudges” in management: evidence from tea growing landscapes around the world

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Annesha Chowdhury et al.
  • Conversion of natural habitats to intensive land-uses, has resulted in fragmentation and loss of biodiversity. There is a spillover of species and ecological processes from natural ecosystems to modified landscapes as they are often juxtaposed with each other. Therefore, there is a need to assess…

Environmental and anthropogenic constraints on animal space use drive extinction risk worldwide

  • Source: Ecology Letters
  • Author(s): Myriam R. Hirt et al.
  • Extinctions due to space loss occur when the available habitat shrinks to a point where an animal struggles to meet its daily life-supporting demands. By employing a global assessment of animal space use in an environmental context, we calculate the discrepancy between required and available habitat…

Connectivity and succession of open structures as a key to sustaining light‐demanding biodiversity in deciduous forests

  • Source: Journal of Applied Ecology
  • Author(s): Petr Kozel et al.
  • European forests are facing a rapid decline of light-demanding biota. This has prompted active interventions to re-establish and maintain partial habitat openness in protected areas. Managers of protected areas, however, need substantially more scientific evidence to support their decisions…

Identifying and mitigating the impacts on primates of transportation and service corridors

  • Source: Conservation Biology
  • Author(s): Benjamin Galea and Tatyana Humle
  • Most primate populations are declining, with 60% of species facing extinction. The expansion of transportation and service corridors (T&S), i.e. roads, rail, and utility and service lines, poses a significant yet underappreciated threat. With the development of T&S corridors predicted…

Effects of large herbivores on fire regimes and wildfire mitigation

  • Source: Journal of Applied Ecology
  • Author(s): Julia Rouet-Leduc et al.
  • We conclude that herbivores have the capacity to mitigate wildfire damage, and we provide guidance for grazing management for wildfire mitigation strategies. As areas undergoing land abandonment are particularly prone to wildfires, the maintenance or promotion of grazing by domestic or wild herbivores…

Increasing Coral Reef Resilience Through Successive Marine Heatwaves

  • Source: Geophysical Research Letters
  • Author(s): Micheal D. Fox et al.
  • Ocean warming is causing declines of coral reefs globally, raising critical questions about the potential for corals to adapt. In the central equatorial Pacific, reefs persisting through recurrent El Niño heatwaves hold important clues. Using an 18-year record of coral cover..

DNA-based taxonomy of a mangrove-associated community of fishes in Southeast Asia

  • Source: Scientific Reports
  • Author(s): Danial Hariz Zainal Abidin et al.
  • The Merbok Estuary comprises one of the largest remaining mangrove forests in Peninsular Malaysia. Its value is significant as it provides important services to local and global communities. It also offers a unique opportunity to study the structure and functioning of mangrove ecosystems… 

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