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Leatherback turtles go with the flow
Not much is known about the world's largest living turtle, the leatherback. So-called for its tough, oily skin and lack of a hard shell, the behavior and habitats of this critically endangered turtle have remained a mystery. In this week's PLoS Biology, marine biologist Barbara Block and colleagues give us the largest study to date on leatherback turtles, unveiling the turtles' behavior, in doing so, providing methods that could be used to protect them. (2008-07-14)

AIBS names emerging public policy leaders
The American Institute of Biological Sciences has selected Meredith Niles, a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, Ryan Richards, a graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Leslie Smith, a graduate student at the University of Rhode Island, to receive the 2010 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. (2010-03-09)

Walt Reid to receive 2013 NatureServe Conservation Award
In recognition for his extraordinary and ongoing contributions to protecting and understanding the world's ecosystems, NatureServe will present Dr. Walt Reid with the 2013 NatureServe Conservation Award at its annual Biodiversity Without Boundaries conference next month (2013-03-28)

Study finds 84 highly endangered Amur leopards remain in China and Russia
Scientists estimate there are only 84 remaining highly endangered Amur leopards (Panthera pardus orientalis) remaining in the wild across its current range along the southernmost border of Primorskii Province in Russia and Jilin Province of China. (2018-07-13)

Climate change in Quebec equals a much greater diversity of species???
A team of researchers believe that, paradoxically, climate change may result in Quebec's national and provincial parks becoming biodiversity refuges of continental importance as the variety of species present there increases. They calculated potential changes in the presence of 529 species in about one third of the protected areas in southern Quebec. Their results suggest that fifty -- eighty years from now (between 2071-2100) close to half of the protected regions of southern Quebec may see a species turnover of greater than 80 %. (2018-05-16)

Last strongholds for tigers identified in new study
A new peer-reviewed paper by the Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups reveals an ominous finding: Most of the world's last remaining tigers -- long decimated by overhunting, logging and wildlife trade -- are now clustered in just 6 percent of their available habitat. (2010-09-14)

Conservationists find birds in central African rain forest are facing major threats from bushmeat hunting
In a new study released this month, conservationists are sounding the alarm about a growing hunting crisis plaguing rainforests in central Africa. The study, published in the journal Biological Conservation, found that more large forest birds such as raptors and hornbills are being killed to provide bushmeat (wildlife taken for food) than previously thought. Researchers concluded that unless the threat posed by unsustainable hunting is reduced, bird populations will continue to decline--potentially leading to devastating consequences for the biodiversity of the region. (2018-03-06)

New study predicts where corals can thrive
The Wildlife Conservation Society and the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth have developed a new scientific model that accurately maps where coral reefs are in the most trouble, and identifies regions where reefs can be protected best. (2008-04-16)

Conservation International & Starbucks expand partnership, launch Verde Ventures loan program
Starbucks Coffee Company and Conservation International (CI) today announced a $2.5 million direct loan by Starbucks to help capitalize CI's newly launched Verde Ventures fund. The fund helps provide direct access to affordable credit for small-scale coffee producers. This new agreement extends Starbucks and CI's five-year partnership with an additional three-year, $1.5 million grant to support CI's Conservation Coffee™ program to conserve the environment while providing economic opportunities for coffee farmers. (2004-01-22)

Stanford researchers among those discussing the future of conservation
The world is changing too fast for nature to keep up. Conservation scholars, including those at Stanford, agree that strategies need to evolve to consider not only how ecosystems operated in past decades and centuries, but also thousands and millions of years ago. (2017-02-09)

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)

Intel's Gordon Moore and CI's Claude Gascon to receive major award
Intel Corporation co-founder Gordon Moore and Conservation International Senior Vice President Claude Gascon will be awarded the prestigious Order of the Golden Ark by His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands for their outstanding contributions to nature conservation. A ceremony honoring them and five other environmentalists will be held at the Soestdijk Palace outside of Amsterdam on April 19. (2002-04-19)

'Noah's Ark' ex silico
An international team of researchers is enlisting supercomputing to help better predict where plants and animals might end up under the effects of climate change. The project will model climate change-related shifts of species and ecosystems to suggest placement of protected areas for the future. (2016-07-15)

Defining conservation priorities in tropical and biodiversity-rich countries
Prioritizing conservation actions in Peninsular Malaysia and biodiversity hotspots, guided by science and in consultation with key stakeholders. (2016-11-24)

In Southeast Asia, illegal hunting is a more threat to wildlife than forest degradation
A new study carried out by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) in cooperation with the World Wide Fund for Nature Vietnam (WWF-Vietnam) and the Sabah Forestry Department of the Government of Malaysia suggests that for ground dwelling mammal and bird communities, illegal hunting using indiscriminate snares may be a more immediate threat than forest degradation through selective logging. (2019-10-30)

Rwanda's primate-rich forests now a national park
One of the world's great centers of primate diversity is now a national park, created in one of Africa's smallest and most densely populated nations. With the help of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the government of Rwanda has recently established Nyungwe National Park, a rich landscape that contains 13 different types of primate, along with 260 bird species, and more than 260 species of trees and shrubs. (2004-03-09)

Smart use of genomic data needed in species conservation
A 'step-change' in conservation is needed in order to help save species from extinction in the future, according to an academic at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Professor of evolutionary genetics Cock van Oosterhout calls for the smart use of genomic data to make populations more resilient to future genetic drift and inbreeding, and proposes a new 'road map' for what needs to be done in conservation to achieve this. (2020-05-04)

Monkey nation: Study confirms wealth of primates in Tanzania
A five-year study by the Wildlife Conservation Society gives new hope to some of the world's most endangered primates by establishing a road-map to protect all 27 species in Tanzania -- the most primate-diverse country in mainland Africa. (2013-07-17)

Missouri elk are being reintroduced in the wrong part of the state, MU anthropologist says
According to prehistoric records, elk roamed the northwestern part of Missouri until 1865. Now, the Missouri Department of Conservation is planning to reintroduce elk, but this time in the southeast part of the state. While a University of Missouri anthropologist believes the reintroduction is good for elk, tourism and the economy, he said the effort may have unintended negative consequences that are difficult to predict. (2011-04-28)

New book calls for expanded role of indigenous peoples in worldwide conservation planning
A just-published book edited by University of Massachusetts Amherst human geographer Stan Stevens presents the latest original research and surveys transformative new approaches now being considered to enhance the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide to have a stronger voice in shaping conservation and park management policies that affect their traditional lands. (2014-09-08)

What can Pokémon Go teach the world of conservation?
A new paper by a group of researchers from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and University College London (UCL) explores whether Pokémon Go's success in getting people out of their homes and interacting with virtual 'animals' could be replicated to redress what is often perceived as a decline in interest in the natural world among the general public. (2016-11-16)

For evolutionary study finds rare bats in decline, CCNY research
A study led by Susan Tsang, a former Fulbright Research Fellow from The City College of New York, reveals dwindling populations and widespread hunting throughout Indonesia and the Philippines of the world's largest bats, known as flying foxes. (2020-02-14)

Study shows cloud patterns reveal species habitat
Much of Earth's biodiversity is concentrated in areas where not enough is known about species habitats and their wider distributions, making management and conservation a challenge. To address the problem, scientists used NASA satellite data to study cloud cover, which they found can help identify the size and location of important animal and plant habitats. (2016-04-15)

International scientific team criticizes adoption of 'novel ecosystems' by policymakers
Novel ecosystems arise when human activities transform biological communities through species invasions and environmental change. They are seemingly ubiquitous, and thus many policymakers and ecologists argue for them to be accepted as the 'new normal' -- an idea the researchers say is a bad one. (2014-08-18)

Non-lethal methods can resolve conflicts between bears and humans
How do you keep a black bear from taking out the backyard bird feeder or going through your garbage? Play the sound of a helicopter, or flash a strobe light, say scientists from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and other organizations, who tested several non-lethal techniques to minimize conflicts between humans and large carnivores. (2003-12-15)

Satellites in support of World Heritage
Last week the historic fortified town of Campeche, in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, was the centre for a Conference on the use of space technologies to conserve the world's natural and cultural heritage, including UNESCO biosphere reserves. (2005-12-06)

To prevent new environmental disasters, China needs national conservation horizon scanning
Globe Conservation Horizon Scanning, a worldwide endeavor to scan the planet for emerging environmental problems, is not precisely targeted to detect threats particular to each country. For instance, heavy air pollution in northern China was not widely foreseen or countered as the problem emerged. Two Beijing-based scientists conclude in a new study that if China had carried out its own national environmental horizon scans, this serious pollution problem might have been averted. (2015-01-28)

American Ornithological Society takes flight
Two of the oldest and most influential professional ornithological societies in the world have legally merged, forming the American Ornithological Society (AOS), an organization devoted to advancing research focused on birds in the Western Hemisphere, promoting their conservation, and training the next generation of scientists. (2016-12-19)

Ecology Lab turns 50, holds symposium
The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL), a research unit of The University of Georgia located on the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken, SC, is observing 50 years of environmental research with various events, including a symposium on October 19. (2001-10-01)

Detection dogs and DNA on the trail of endangered lizards
Detection dogs trained to sniff out the scat of an endangered lizard in California's San Joaquin Valley, combined with genetic species identification, could represent a new noninvasive sampling technique for lizard conservation worldwide. (2019-10-30)

Smithsonian hosts tropical extinction debate in Panama
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute will host the workshop (2008-08-06)

Africa's richest wildlife region under new threats
Stretching through six countries of Eastern Africa, the Albertine Rift contains more than 7,500 species of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and plants--only the tip of the iceberg for the area's total biodiversity, according to a new report by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its regional collaborators. However, the authors warn that Rift is in dire need of a comprehensive conservation plan. (2003-05-09)

It's not too late to save 102 species at risk of extinction
The Fraser River estuary in British Columbia is home to 102 species at risk of extinction. A new study says it's not too late to save these species if action is taken now. (2020-11-26)

Columbia offers new ecology program in Dominican Republic
Columbia University's Center for Environmental Research and Conservation announces new field ecology program at the Punta Cana Biodiversity Laboratory in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. (2003-06-11)

A new tiger subspecies?
Genetic analysis provides the basis for subspecies recognition among tigers, and will lead to improved conservation strategies for these endangered animals. (2004-12-06)

As world warms, conservation evolves
A landmark book released by the Wildlife Conservation Society through Island Press shows that people in diverse environments around the world are moving from climate science to conservation action to ensure their natural systems, wildlife and livelihoods can withstand the pressures of global warming. (2012-06-15)

BBVA Foundation Awards for Biodiversity Conservation
The Minister of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs, Elena Espinosa, and BBVA Foundation president Francisco González were guests of honor at today's presentation ceremony for the BBVA Foundation Awards for Biodiversity Conservation. (2008-07-07)

Breast conserving therapy offers good outcome if criteria are met
The largest single-institution study of its kind has found that breast conserving therapy after neoadjuvant chemotherapy offers a good outcome as long as patients meet a certain profile, say researchers from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. (2003-12-03)

Genomes reveal insights into much-loved Aussie animals
Researchers have brought together expertise in bioinformatics, cytogenetics, developmental and molecular biology to produce and analyse the first ever echidna genome and a greatly improved, high quality platypus genome sequence. (2021-01-07)

Researchers show nature conserves its most vital DNA by multitasking
The authors describe and define 'ultraconserved' as 50 base pairs long DNA elements found in all 12 Drosophila species they studied -- a comparison that is greater than the evolutionary distance between humans and reptiles. Most importantly, the authors show that UCEs are the 'multitaskers' of the genome, involved in numerous biological processes simultaneously, and this multi-layered function may be responsible for the extreme DNA sequence conservation observed. (2016-05-31)

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