Academic Articles Sep. 25

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.


  • Birds retreating from climate change, deforestation in Honduras cloud forests
    • Source: Biotropica
    • Author: Montague H. C. Neate-Clegg et al.
    • Abstract: Harboring many range-restricted and specialized species, high elevation tropical cloud forests are diverse habitats represented in many protected areas. Despite this, many such areas receive little practical protection from deforestation and land conversion. 
  • Limited ecosystem recovery from simulated chronic nitrogen deposition
    • Source: Ecological Applications
    • Author(s): William D. Bowman et al.
    • Abstract: The realization that anthropogenic nitrogen (N) deposition is causing significant environmental change in many ecosystems has led to lower emissions of reactive N and deposition rates in many regions. However, the impacts of N deposition on terrestrial ecosystems can be long lasting, with significant inertia in the return of the biota and biogeochemical processes to baseline levels.
  • Disproportionate magnitude of climate change in United States national parks
    • Source: Environmental Research Letters
    • Author(s): Patrick Gonzalez, Fuyao Wang, Michael Notaro, Daniel J Vimont, John W Williams
    • Abstract: Anthropogenic climate change is altering ecological and human systems globally, including in United States (US) national parks, which conserve unique biodiversity and resources. Yet, the magnitude and spatial patterns of climate change across all the parks have been unknown.
  • The extirpation of species outside protected areas
    • Source: Conservation Letters
    • Author(s): Elizabeth H. Boakes, Richard A. Fuller, Philip J.K. McGowan. 
    • Abstract: Protected areas (PAs) are fundamental to conservation efforts but they are only part of a successful conservation strategy. We examine biodiversity outside PAs in Sundaland, one of the world’s most biologically degraded regions.
  • Defining the balance point between conservation and development
    • Publication date: May 2019
    • Source: Biological Conservation, Volume 233
    • Author(s): Dexin Tian, Yan Xie, Anthony D. Barnosky, Fuwen Wei
    • Abstract: In the face of the current global ecological crisis and the threats it poses to human survival and security, the fundamental solution is to resolve the deep contradiction between conservation and economic development.
  • Post-war recovery of the African lion in response to large-scale ecosystem restoration
    • Source: Biological Conservation
    • Authors: Paola Bouley, Michael Poulos, Rui Branco, Neil H. Carter
    • Abstract: We present data from the first, long-term study underway of a recovering population of indigenous, free-ranging Panthera leo in Gorongosa National Park (GNP), Mozambique. GNP is undergoing post-war recovery and large-scale ecological restoration under a 25-year private-governmental partnership – the “Gorongosa Project (GP),” – offering a rare opportunity…
  • Mapping threats to wilderness character in the National Wilderness Preservation System
    • Source: Biological Conservation
    • Authors:  James Tricker, Peter Landres
    • Abstract: The National Wilderness Preservation System in the United States provides the greatest level of protection for the ecological and social values of lands held in trust for future generations. Although designated wilderness is the cornerstone of the US conservation portfolio, designation alone doesn’t assure the protection of these areas, which are degraded by threats both inside…

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