Academic Articles Jul. 23

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.

  • Prioritizing phylogenetic diversity captures functional diversity unreliably
    • Source: Nature Communications
    • Author(s): Florent Mazel et al.
    • Abstract: In the face of the biodiversity crisis, it is argued that we should prioritize species in order to capture high functional diversity (FD). Because species traits often reflect shared evolutionary history, many researchers have assumed that maximizing phylogenetic diversity (PD) should indirectly capture FD, a hypothesis that we name the “phylogenetic gambit”. 
  • Limits of monetization in protecting ecosystem services
    • Source: Nature
    • Author(s): Julia Temel, Aled Jones, Nikoleta Jones, Lenke Balint
    • Abstract: The monetary valuation of ecosystem services is gaining traction in policy and business communities. Several tools and decision-making processes have been proposed, including criteria to assess the appropriateness of using monetary valuation for biodiversity conservation outcomes.
  • Summoning compassion to address the challenges of conservation
    • Source: Conservation Biology
    • Author(s): Arian D. Wallach, Marc Bekoff, Chelsea Batavia, Michael Paul Nelson, Daniel Ramp
    • Abstract: Conservation practice is informed by science, but it also reflects ethical beliefs about how humanity ought to value and interact with Earth’s biota. As human activities continue to drive extinctions and diminish critical life-sustaining ecosystem processes, achieving conservation goals becomes increasingly urgent. 
  • Using conservation science to advance corporate biodiversity accountability
    • Source: Conservation Biology
    • Author(s): Prue F. E. Addison, Joseph W. Bull, E. J. Milner‐Gulland
    • Abstract: Biodiversity declines threaten the sustainability of global economies and societies. Acknowledging this, businesses are beginning to make commitments to account for and mitigate their influence on biodiversity and report this in sustainability reports. We assessed the top 100 of the 2016 Fortune 500 Global companies’ (the Fortune 100) sustainability reports to gauge the current state of corporate biodiversity accountability. 
  • Peace in Colombia is a critical moment for Neotropical connectivity and conservation: Save the northern Andes–Amazon biodiversity bridge
    • Source: Conservation Biology
    • Author(s): Nicola Clerici, Camilo Salazar, Carolina Pardo‐Díaz, Chris D. Jiggins, James E. Richardson, Mauricio Linares
    • Abstract: Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world that has historically and is currently experiencing extensive deforestation and habitat fragmentation. Here we show how the most extensive region acting as a natural corridor between the Colombian Andes and Amazon biogeographical regions, the Picachos–Tinigua–Sierra de la Macarena–Chiribiquete megacorridor, is being eroded by large‐scale agricultural expansion endangering the maintenance and connection of gene flow and biodiversity exchange. 
  • Capacity of North American forests to sequester carbon
    • Source: Conservation Biology
    • Author(s): Kai Zhu, Jian Zhang, Shuli Niu, Chengjin Chu, Yiqi Luo
    • Abstract: Widely recognized as a significant carbon sink, North American forests have experienced a history of recovery and are facing an uncertain future. This growing carbon sink is dictated by recovery from land-use change, with growth trajectory modified by environmental change. 

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