Academic Articles Oct. 22

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.

  • Wolves for Yellowstone: dynamics in time and space
    • Source: Journal of Mammalogy
    • Author: Mark S. Boyce
    • Abstract: Since the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995, the park’s ecosystem has become a deeply complex and heterogeneous system, aided by a strategy of minimal human intervention. The new study is a synthesis of 40 years of research on large mammals in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Endangered species recovery: A resource allocation problem
    • Source: Science
      Author: Leah R. Gerber et al.
      Abstract: Many nations have laws to identify and protect imperiled species and their ecosystems. In the United States, actions taken under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) have prevented many extinctions, but few listed species have recovered to the point where they can have the ESA protections removed.
  • Landscapes that work for biodiversity and people
    • Source: Science
    • Author(s): C. Kremen, A. M. Merenlender
    • Abstract: Biodiversity, the product of 3.8 billion years of evolution, is under siege. Not only are both marine and terrestrial species experiencing accelerated rates of local and global extinction, but even common species are declining 
  • Biodiversity increases and decreases ecosystem stability
    • Source: Nature
    • Author(s): Frank Pennekamp et al.
    • Abstract: Losses and gains in species diversity affect ecological stability and the sustainability of ecosystem functions and services. Experiments and models have revealed positive, negative and no effects of diversity on individual components of stability, such as temporal variability, resistance and resilience.
  • Arctic plants threatened by winter snow loss
    • Source: Nature
    • Author(s): Gareth Phoenix
    • Abstract: Winter snow conditions influence which plants grow where in the Arctic. Now, a modelling study built on observational data of plant occurrence and snow conditions suggests that declines in snow cover will result in the loss of plant species.

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