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Mapping software tracks threats to endangered species
Modelling software and satellite imagery can be used to rapidly predict the movements of endangered species in remote or inaccessible regions, a Duke-led study shows. (2016-04-12)
Shark population threatened due to fin harvesting
A recent study shows that effective shark conservation in Indonesia only works when shark protection through no-fishing zones is combined with efforts to involve local communities in the management of their own fisheries and by providing alternatives to sustain their livelihoods. (2016-04-11)
Marine reserves are critical for coral reef resilience
Due to the combined effect of human and natural disturbances, coral reefs are declining at an alarming rate. (2016-04-07)
Network governance connects people to solve collective environmental problems
Ecological systems, and ecological problems, are not nicely contained within neat human boundaries. (2016-04-06)
Invasive species not best conservation tool: Study
Harnessing an invasive fish species sounded like a promising conservation tool to help reverse the destruction wreaked by zebra mussels on endangered native mollusks in the Great Lakes -- except that it won't work, says a University of Guelph ecologist. (2016-04-06)
Mediterranean loggerhead turtles dying in waters off the Middle East and North Africa
Robin Snape, a postgraduate research student with the Marine Turtle Research Group at the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at Penryn Campus and a team of fellow conservation biologists found that many adult loggerhead turtles are migrate to areas of the Mediterranean where they are dying, trapped in fishing nets used by small scale fishing operations in Cyprus, the Middle East and North Africa. (2016-04-06)
Major new project maps out woodland biodiversity
An innovative joint project between the University of Stirling, Forest Research and Natural England is using woodland creation and maps from 1840 to the present day to assess the impact of past land use change on current biodiversity. (2016-04-05)
'Forgotten' fish turns up in West Texas
With no more 'swimmable' water than thirsty West Texas has, it's hard to imagine a fish, even a minnow-sized fish could remain 'missing' for more than a century. (2016-04-05)
African wars endanger world's largest gorilla subspecies
Numbers of the world's largest primate, Grauer's gorilla, found only in the conflict-plagued Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), declined calamitously in 20 years according to a report co-authored by a Smithsonian scientist and published by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Flora and Fauna International and the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature. (2016-04-04)
Management efforts for elk and deer may not benefit all wildlife
A new study from Colorado State University researchers found that improving habitats for game animals has mixed consequences for other animals in the same setting. (2016-04-04)
Want to know where threatened species live? Look to the clouds
A new study analyzes cloud cover around the world over 15 years. (2016-03-31)
Conservation research is not happening in the right places
Conservation research is not being done in the countries where it is most needed -- a situation which is likely to undermine efforts to preserve global biodiversity. (2016-03-29)
Micro-sanctuaries key to survival of wildlife in human-dominated landscapes
A new study by a team of researchers from the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Manipal University, Centre for Wildlife Studies and the Wildlife Conservation Society-India, says that maintaining even the tiniest wildlife sanctuaries will help preserve some biodiversity in increasingly urbanized landscapes. (2016-03-25)
Data from 1800s can help researchers, forest managers maintain healthy forest ecosystems
When seeking clues to how well conservation efforts are working in the present, sometimes scientists look to the past -- and there may be no better historical record than the forest surveys conducted in Missouri by the Bureau of Land Management in the 1800s. (2016-03-24)
MSU part of team working to save endangered species in Nicaragua
A proposed canal project in Nicaragua that would connect the Caribbean Sea with the Pacific Ocean could seriously deplete and disrupt the habitats of a number of animals, including some that are endangered. (2016-03-23)
Study shows levels of panda hearing
A new study may help conservationists understand the potential for human activities to disturb giant pandas in native habitats. (2016-03-22)
Parasites of endangered animals should be conserved
Conservation managers who try to keep members of endangered animal species parasite-free are well-intentioned but this approach is misguided, according to a new research paper co-authored by a zoologist at New Zealand's University of Otago. (2016-03-21)
Protecting 30 percent of the ocean has many benefits, study suggests
Protecting large stretches of the ocean from human influence may well be good for conservation. (2016-03-21)
Research provides insights on lethal blindness in a Scottish bird of conservation concern
The Scottish bird population of red-billed choughs, which currently totals less than 60 breeding pairs and is of major conservation concern, is being affected by lethal blindness that is passed on by non-blind individuals that carry a mutant gene (2016-03-21)
Conservation silver bullet: Invasive-mammal removal yields major biodiversity benefits
Continued investment in invasive mammal eradications on islands offers a highly effective opportunity to stem the loss of our world's biodiversity. (2016-03-21)
Parsing conservation information on cycad species
An empirical exercise to gain a deeper understanding of the status of the world's cycad genera. (2016-03-21)
China's forest recovery shows hope for mitigating global climate change
China's sweeping program to restore forests across the country is working. (2016-03-18)
Green Gitmo
Following President Obama's plans to close the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a conservation biologist and a professor of law are proposing to transform the naval base into a marine research center and international peace park. (2016-03-17)
Nature conservation areas no haven for butterflies
What do the brimstone, meadow brown and small heath butterfly species have in common? (2016-03-17)
Award honors research partnership seeking to help bats survive deadly disease
An innovative research partnership that includes USDA Forest Service researchers, university scientists and state wildlife managers was awarded a Wings Across the Americas award for a multi-scale approach to helping bats become resilient to white-nose syndrome. (2016-03-17)
Snub-nosed monkeys: Conservation challenges in the face of environmental uncertainty
The genus of snub-nosed monkey comprises five species that are only distributed in very limited areas in China, Vietnam and Myanmar. (2016-03-16)
Surface-going cave crickets actually more isolated than cave-dwelling cousins
Although other studies on cave-dwelling creatures have found that animals that spend all of their lives in the dark of caves are more likely to be genetically isolated, a recent study on two groups of crickets found the opposite. (2016-03-16)
Study says marine protected areas can benefit large sharks
Researchers at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science published new findings that suggest the expansion of protected areas into US federal waters would safeguard 100 percent of core home range areas used by three species of sharks tracked in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean. (2016-03-15)
Trade in rare plants on social media must be monitored
Trade in rare plants on social media must be monitored People buying rare plants through social media are placing species at risk of extinction and must be monitored. (2016-03-15)
A rolling stone gathers no mates
Papa might not have been a rolling stone, according to a new study that examined the mating dynamics of transient wildlife that have dispersed from other areas. (2016-03-15)
ASU researcher says now is the time to prioritize endangered species
Currently, resources allocated to recover endangered species are insufficient to save all listed species, and with a scarcity of funds what is needed to be effective is a more analytical approach that can bring clarity and openness to resource allocation, argues Leah Gerber, an Arizona State University conservation biologist. (2016-03-14)
Scientists using crowdfunding to sequence the genome of Joshua tree
Modern genetic tools could save an ancient icon of the Mojave. (2016-03-14)
New book examines ecology of threatened prairie-chickens
A new volume in the Cooper Ornithological Society's Studies in Avian Biology series highlights the ecology of lesser prairie-chickens. (2016-03-11)
New frog species discovered in India's wastelands
A team of researchers from India and the National University of Singapore has discovered a new species of narrow-mouthed frog in the laterite rock formations of India's coastal plains. (2016-03-10)
Suffering warthogs seek out nit-picking mongooses for relief
Warthogs living in Uganda have learned to rid themselves of annoying ticks by seeking out the grooming services of some accommodating neighbors: a group of mongooses looking for snacks. (2016-03-09)
Scientists call for a shake-up in the way we record biodiversity
Are some species under real threat of extinction or are we just not looking for them any more? (2016-03-08)
Understanding differences within species is critical to conservation efforts
A new study published in the journal Ecological Applications shows that differences within a species across geographically distinct ranges should be taken into account during conservation planning as the climate changes. (2016-03-04)
New institute to protect America's national parks
A new independent institute located at Duke University will work to preserve America's national parks and protected areas through research and education, and promote greater use of the parks as scientific research sites. (2016-03-03)
Is conservation aid preventing deforestation?
International conservation aid may lead to more deforestation in sub-Saharan African countries. (2016-03-01)
Is rare wildlife traded on the darknet?
Unlike illicit trade in drugs, guns or pornography, illicit trade in rare wildlife doesn't have to hide on the 'darknet' because people can find whatever rare species they want in the open marketplace. (2016-02-29)
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