Academic Articles Nov. 13

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.


  • Which biological systems should be engineered?
    • Source: Nature Comment
    • Author(s): Dan Fletcher
    • To solve real-world problems using emerging abilities in synthetic biology, research must focus on a few ambitious goals, argues Dan Fletcher
  • It’s not trails that disturb forest birds, but the people on them
    • Source: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
    • Author(s): Yves Bötsch, Zulima Tablado, Daniel Scherl, Marc Kéry, Roland F. Graf, Lukas Jenni.  
    • The physical presence of trails has less impact on forest birds than how frequently the trails are used by people, finds the first study to disentangle the effect of forest trails from the presence of humans. This is also the case when trails have been used for decades, suggesting that forest birds do…
  • Biodiversity draws the ecotourism crowd
    • Source: Ecosystem Services
    • Author(s): Min Gon Chung, Thomas Dietz, Jianguo Liu. 
    • Nature — if you support it, ecotourists will come. Managed wisely, both can win. The balancing act of protecting and fostering biodiversity with hordes of tourists in pristine nature parks is a global challenge. There are pathways to having it all — protected areas with a rich variety of animals and…
  • Mangroves can help countries mitigate their carbon emissions
    • Source: Biology Letters
    • Author(s): Pierre Taillardat, Daniel A. Friess, Massimo Lupascu. 
    • Geographers have found that coastal vegetation such as mangroves, seagrasses, and salt marshes may be the most effective habitats to mitigate carbon emissions.
  • Streamside forests store tons of carbon
    • Source: Global Change Biology
    • Author(s): Kristen E. Dybala, Virginia Matzek, Thomas Gardali, Nathaniel E. Seavy. 
    • Researchers have compiled carbon storage data from 117 publications, reports, and other data sets on streamside forests around the world. Researchers found that the average amount of carbon stored in mature streamside forest rivals the highest estimates for any other forest type around the world, such…
  • Con­ser­va­tion areas help bird­life ad­apt to cli­mate change
    • Source: Global Change Biology
    • Author(s): Petteri Lehikoinen, Andrea Santangeli, Kim Jaatinen, Ari Rajasärkkä, Aleksi Lehikoinen. 
    • A warming climate is pushing organisms towards the circumpolar areas and mountain peaks. A recently conducted study on changes in bird populations reveals that protected areas slow down the north-bound retreat of species.

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