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Conservation planning loopholes threaten imperiled species, researchers say
Multispecies habitat conservation plans that permit the incidental (2006-07-01)

Island Biology 2014: An International Conference on Island Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation
Islands are renowned for their extraordinary biota -- inspiring biologists and providing key insights into evolution, biogeography, and ecology. As a result of the devastating effects of human colonization, island ecosystems face severe threats, and island conservation has become a vital international concern. Examining a broad range of taxa, regions, and biological disciplines, attending biologists will share insights and develop collaborations to accelerate the pace and effectiveness of island research and conservation. (2014-01-23)

Public attitude toward tiger farming and tiger conservation
The wild tiger Panthera tigris is considered critically endangered, and it faces unprecedented threats, including habitat loss and fragmentation, depletion of prey, and continued illegal poaching for trade of tiger bones for traditional medicine and skins for ornamentation and collection. (2015-01-20)

Scientists seek national wildlife conservation network
Wildlife conservation efforts in the United States are facing habitat loss, climate change and major reductions in funding. To address these threats, a group of prominent wildlife biologists and policy experts is recommending the formation of a state-based national conservation-support network. Their proposal is published in the November issue of the journal BioScience. (2012-10-22)

Identifying sloth species at a genetic level
Identifying species, separating out closely related species and managing each type on its own, is an important part of any animal management system. Some species, like the two types of two-toed sloth, are so close in appearance and behavior that differentiation can be challenging. Conservation researchers at San Diego Zoo Global's Institute of Conservation Research have developed a mechanism for identifying these reclusive species from each other. (2012-01-03)

Build an ark? biologists discuss conservation prioritization
Supported by Leipzig, Germany-based sDIV, Will Pearse, Utah State University; Florent Mazel, Arne Mooers and Caroline Tucker, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia; Marc Cadotte , University of Toronto; Sandra Diaz, National University of Cordoba, Argentina; Giulio Valentino Dalla Riva, University of British Columbia; Richard Grenyer, University of Oxford; Fabien Leprieur, University of Montpellier and David Mouillot, James Cook University, explore phylogenetic diversity as a metric of conservation prioritization. (2018-07-23)

UT research: Conservation organizations need to keep up with nature
A new paper authored by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor suggests that in order to cope, conservation organizations need to adapt like the organisms they seek to protect. The paper, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, argues that conservation organizations need to be bolder in their adaptation efforts given the rate and extent of the ecological changes that are coming. (2015-03-02)

Bat biodiversity is in danger on islands worldwide
A new study from the University of Helsinki investigates knowledge gaps among the largely unknown, but greatly threatened, group of island-restricted bats, and leads future research efforts to actual priorities. (2017-06-21)

Where credit is due: How acknowledging expertise can help conservation efforts
Scientists know that tapping into local expertise is key to conservation efforts aimed at protecting biodiversity -- but researchers rarely give credit to these local experts. Now some scientists are saying that's a problem, both for the local experts and for the science itself. (2014-04-08)

Private land conservation research underrepresents geographical regions and stakeholders
Biodiversity loss is one of the most prominent global issues, also affecting human well-being. With privately owned land covering large areas of the world, private land conservation is an increasingly recognized strategy to address the biodiversity crisis and support human well-being. A new study assessed 30 years of published scientific literature in order to identify research gaps and mainstream future private land conservation research. (2019-07-16)

Countries in Europe with the richest biodiversity do not always receive more funding
A recent study, published in the journal Conservation Biology, reveals that the investments and resources allotted for conservation only partially tally with the levels of biodiversity in the European Union. Thus, countries such as Portugal, Slovakia, Greece and the Czech Republic receive less funding than they would be entitled to as per their biodiversity. (2017-08-23)

2010 Student Conference on Conservation Science
The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History announces the 2010 Student Conference on Conservation Science to take place in New York City this November. The application deadline is May 10, 2010. (2010-04-16)

With experience, people can tell bears apart
Studying the social interaction of bears through the use of camera traps and visual observations requires that humans be able to tell individuals apart. A study done using volunteers to study the vulnerable Andean bear indicates that people can learn to identify individual bears, given a little practice. (2014-12-09)

Research shows benefit of giant panda conservation far exceeds cost
To determine the value of panda conservation, a research team led by Prof. WEI Fuwen from the Institute of Zoology, together with colleagues from other research organizations, cooperated to assess the value of ecosystem services from giant panda reserves for the first time. They found that the value provided by the giant pandas and forested habitat within nature reserves is about 10-27 times the conservation cost of giant pandas. (2018-06-28)

Bali Declaration hopes to save Indonesia's biodiversity from deforestation
Indonesia has some of the richest biological diversity of any nation on Earth; however, it is threatened with losing it to forest destruction. In reaction, more than 900 scientists from around the world, including those from the Smithsonian Institution, recently came together as members of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation to release (2010-08-04)

Indonesia pledges to double marine protected areas to 10-million hectares
Indonesia will virtually double its marine protected areas over the next three years to cover 10-million hectares of some the most biodiversity-rich sea on the planet, the country's Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Dr. Rokhmin Dahuri, said this week. (2003-06-05)

Bridging the gaps in global conservation
The BioScience Talks podcast features discussions of topical issues related to the biological sciences. (2018-05-09)

Smithsonian Institution Convenes Experts To Discuss Cocoa's Future
The Smithsonian Institution will bring together ecologists, cocoa production experts, cocoa industry representatives and other experts interested in the economics of and the variety of life around small family cocoa farms for a (1998-03-25)

Making protected areas pay biodiversity dividends
Current classifications of IUCN protected areas are based on management objectives. Fully revising the category system to reflect each category's contributions to biodiversity would greatly enhance their value as effective tools for conserving biodiversity. (2008-03-17)

Research examines how insect outbreaks affect forests and bats
New research indicates that bark beetle outbreaks in forests create several new roosting and foraging possibilities for the protected bat species Barbastella barbastellus. (2017-07-03)

Indigenous storytelling is a new asset for biocultural conservation
Storytelling can help to guide better conservation actions in areas inhabited by indigenous communities worldwide, new research claims. (2017-09-04)

Smithsonian scientists honored as AAAS Fellows
Four Smithsonian scientists have been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. The names of all 388 AAAS fellows for 2013 are announced in the Nov. 29 issue of Science. (2013-11-26)

Changing experiences of the natural world
Digital innovations have the potential to bring people closer to nature, to help ensure there is the necessary strong public support for conservation measures. (2019-11-22)

Cattle grazing may help rather than hurt endangered species
The fight between cattle-grazing landowners and environmentalists may be a false dichotomy. (2005-10-12)

Understanding social structure is important to rewilding
Increasing the success of wildlife translocations is critical, given the escalating global threats to wildlife. The study highlights the influence of a species' social structure on translocation success, and it provides a template for incorporating social information in the rehabilitation and release planning process. Using elephants as a model, the study highlights the need to include animal social structure as an integral part of conservation plans, in order to assure better animal welfare and program success. (2019-06-13)

DNA clues to inform conservation in Africa
Tracing the evolutionary history of wildlife could improve global habitat conservation, a major Cardiff University study has found. Researchers in the School of Biosciences analysed the African bushbuck -- a common species which lives in most sub-Saharan habitat types -- to test whether DNA similarity between populations living in different habitats can reveal the similarity of those ecoregions now and in the past. (2007-05-22)

As trees are cut and climates shift, can the animals of Borneo be saved?
As the third-largest island in the world and the largest island in Asia, Borneo stands out as a hotspot for biodiversity, and there is no question that Borneo's many rare species are in trouble. And yet -- with targeted conservation measures -- there's hope, according to researchers who predict changes to the Bornean landscape over the next 65 years in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on Jan. 22. (2015-01-22)

Outdoor recreation in protected areas negatively impacts wildlife
It's a good thing to explore the great outdoors. But a new study led by Colorado State University and the Wildlife Conservation Society found that recreation activities in protected areas are impacting wildlife. (2016-12-16)

Cold rush: Bird diversity higher in winter than summer in Central Valley
In California's Central Valley, just as many bird species use riparian habitats in the winter as in the summer, and genetic diversity is actually higher in the winter than during summer months. (2015-09-23)

New penguin book features beloved birds and conservation threats
A new book on the world's penguins highlights both the diversity of these endearing, flightless birds as well as the many threats faced by these species, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Washington. (2013-05-21)

'Gentle recovery' of Brazil's leatherback turtles
Brazil's leatherback turtles are making a 'gentle recovery' after 30 years of conservation efforts, new research shows. (2019-07-01)

Roll Up Your Sleeves And Join Us In The Field, Says Fish And Wildlife Service To Conservation Biologists
When conservation biologists said resource managers should consider entire ecosystems rather than focusing on single species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director Jamie Rappaport Clark challenged her agency to pioneer the ecosystem approach. Now she challenges conservation biologists to help them implement it. (1999-05-26)

Biding time could improve conservation outcomes
Strategic delays in conservation efforts could be the key to protecting more species according to researchers at the University of Queensland. The new study found instead of spending project funds immediately, conservation organizations could use the right amount of delay to improve the benefits achieved from their funding by focusing first on investment, capacity building, or monitoring and research. (2017-09-11)

Study reveals value of zoos and aquariums in boosting biodiversity understanding
Zoos and aquariums around the world have a crucial role to play in helping people understand how they can protect animals and their natural habitats, new research from the University of Warwick, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Chester Zoo has found. (2015-03-16)

A hog in wolf's clothing
Most research on human-wildlife conflict has focused on the ways tigers, wolves, and other predators impact livestock even though noncarnivores also threaten livestock. New research by Dr. Shari Rodriguez and Dr. Christie Sampson from Clemson University, publishing August 6, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, examines the effects of these less-studied relationships, particularly for feral hogs and elephants, and the potential consequences of excluding these animals from research focused on mitigating wildlife impacts on livestock. (2019-08-06)

Conservation endocrinology in a changing world
The BioScience Talks podcast ( features discussions of topical issues related to the biological sciences. (2017-05-10)

Sobering update on Jamaica's largest vertebrate
The Jamaican iguana continues to be critically endangered, with only a single location left for the recovering population in the Portland Bight Protected Area. A recent proposal by Jamaican government officials to allow extensive development in this area is causing concern among conservationists who have been working to save this species and the wealth of biodiversity in the area. (2014-03-31)

Measuring the success of East African protected areas
East Africa (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) contains 1,776 protected areas (including 186 'strict' protected areas) covering more than 27 percent of its terrestrial area. Researchers at UC Davis have now documented the extent to which this East African protected area network really protects wildlife and habitats. (2019-03-13)

Biologist calls 30% of African primates 'living dead'
Despite huge losses of tropical forests worldwide, no primates are known to have died out there since the year 1600. But the primates aren't all safe. Rather, it just takes a long time for them to die out, according to new research in the October issue of Conservation Biology. (1999-09-29)

New studies aim to boost social science methods in conservation research
Scientists have produced a series of papers designed to improve research on conservation and the environment. (2018-01-11)

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