Academic Articles Mar. 20

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.


  • Conservation provides multiple wins for Brazil
    • Source: Nature Ecology & Evolution
    • Author: Bernardo Strassburg
    • Abstract: More, not less, international cooperation on conservation is in the interest of Brazilian farmers and wider Brazilian society, argues Bernardo B. N. Strassburg.
  • The systematic dismantling of Brazilian environmental laws risks losses on all fronts
    • Source: Nature Ecology & Evolution
    • Authors: Denis Abessa, Ana Famá & Lucas Buruaem
    • Abstract: The inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s new president has heralded a rapid acceleration of the erosion of environmental protection measures in the country. Brazil’s scientific community should rally to provide evidence that this is economically and socially unwise.
  • How effective are the protected areas of East Africa?
    • Publication date: January 2019
    • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation, Volume 17
    • Author(s): Jason Riggio, Andrew P. Jacobson, Robert J. Hijmans, Tim Caro
    • Abstract: Protected areas are the cornerstone of in situ conservation and their effective management is critical for maintaining biodiversity in the long…
  • The residual nature of protected areas in Brazil
    • Publication date: May 2019
    • Source: Biological Conservation, Volume 233
    • Author(s): Raísa R.S. Vieira, Robert L. Pressey, Rafael Loyola
    • Abstract: In recent decades, the number and extent of protected areas (PAs) have increased, covering >10% of the Earth. However, protection tends to be residual because…
  • Reintroducing rewilding to restoration – Rejecting the search for novelty
    • Publication date: May 2019
    • Source: Biological Conservation, Volume 233
    • Author(s): Matt W. Hayward, Robert J. Scanlon, Alexandra Callen, Lachlan G. Howell, Kaya L. Klop-Toker, Yamil Di Blanco, Niko Balkenhol, Cassandra K. Bugir, Lachlan Campbell, Anthony Caravaggi, Anita C. Chalmers, John Clulow, Simon…
    • Abstract: Rewilding is emerging as a major issue in conservation. However, there are currently a dozen definitions of rewilding that include Pleistocene rewilding, island rewilding, trophic rewilding, functional rewilding and passive rewilding, and these remain fuzzy, lack clarity and, hence, hinder scientific discourse.
  • Conservation value of small reserves
    • Source: Conservation Biology
    • Authors: Volenec, Z.M. and Dobson, A.P.
    • Abstract: The importance of large reserves has been long maintained in the scientific literature, often leading to dismissal of the conservation potential of small reserves. However, over half the global protected‐area inventory is composed of protected areas that are <100 ha, and the median size…
  • Marine heatwaves threaten global biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services
    • Published online: 04 March 2019
    • Source: Nature Climate Change
    • Authors: Smale, D.A., Wernberg, T., Oliver, E.C.J., et al.
    • Abstract: The global ocean has warmed substantially over the past century, with far-reaching implications for marine ecosystems. Concurrent with long-term persistent warming, discrete periods of extreme regional ocean warming (marine heatwaves, MHWs) have increased in frequency. Here we quantify trends and attributes of MHWs across all ocean basins and examine their biological impacts from species to ecosystems.

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