Academic Articles Jul. 8

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.


  • Towards a worldwide inventory of all plants
    • Source: Journal of Biogeography
    • Author(s): Patrick Weigelt, Christian König, Holger Kreft.
    • Declining biodiversity due to human-made habitat destruction and climate change means that information about plant diversity and its distribution across the planet is now crucial for biodiversity conservation.
  • Canada’s uncharted conservation approach
    • Source: Science (Letter)
    • Author(s): Rodolphe Devillers et al.
    • We also call on the Convention on Biological Diversity to promote post-2020 targets that encompass enough area (quantity) with high integrity (quality) …
  • A network approach to prioritize conservation efforts for migratory birds 
    • Source: Conservation Biology
    • Author(s): Yanjie Xu et al.
    • Abstract: Habitat loss can trigger migration network collapse by isolating migratory birds’ breeding grounds from non‐breeding grounds. Theoretically, habitat loss can have vastly different impacts depending on the site’s importance within the migratory corridor. However, migration network connectivity…
  • Protected areas and biodiversity conservation in India
    • Source: Biological Conservation
    • Author(s): Mousumi Ghosh-Harihar et al
    • Abstract: Three well-supported generalizations in conservation biology are that developing tropical countries will experience the greatest biodiversity declines in the near future, they are some of the least studied areas in the world, and in these regions especially, protection requires local community support…
  • Evidence Is Key for Effective Biodiversity Communication
    • Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution (Letter)
    • Author(s): Lindall R. Kidd, Sarah A. Bekessy, Georgia E. Garrard.
    • In our recent article [1], we highlight an alarming lack of empirical evidence to justify the widespread promotion of optimistic message frames within conservation. As McAfee and Connell rightly point out, whether to focus on positive or negative frames is but one of many considerations when constructing…
  • Applying science to pressing conservation needs for penguins
    • Source: Conservation Biology
    • Author(s): P. Dee Boersma
    • Abstract: More than half of the world’s 18 penguin species are declining. We, the Steering Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission Penguin Specialist Group, voted on the penguin species in most critical need of conservation action. Because of their…
  • Relative costs of conserving threatened species across taxonomic groups
    • Source: Conservation Biology
    • Author(s): Elizabeth Robson Gordon et al.
    • Abstract: Bias towards legally protecting and prioritizing charismatic taxonomic groups such as mammals and birds, and against others such as insects and plants, has been well‐documented. However, the relative costs of conserving various taxonomic groups, and the potential of these costs to interact…
  • Ecological islands: conserving biodiversity hotspots in a changing climate
    • Source: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
    • Author(s): Jennifer Cartwright
    • Abstract: For decades, botanists have recognized that rare plants are clustered into ecological “islands”: small and isolated habitat patches produced by landscape features such as sinkholes and bedrock outcrops. Insular ecosystems often provide unusually stressful microhabitats for plant growth (due, for example,…
  • Global loss of climate connectivity in tropical forests
    • Source: Nature Climate Change
    • Author(s): Rebecca A. Senior, Jane K. Hill and David P. Edwards
    • Abstract: Range shifts are a crucial mechanism enabling species to avoid extinction under climate change1,2. The majority of terrestrial biodiversity is concentrated in the tropics3, including species considered most vulnerable to climate warming…
  • Persecuting, protecting or ignoring biodiversity under climate change
    • Source: Nature Climate Change
    • Author(s): Brett R. Scheffers & Gretta Pecl
    • Abstract: A climate-driven global redistribution of species is currently underway. As species alter their geographical distributions under climate change, many will not only cross into new habitats but also new geopolitical areas…

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