Conservation Bytes

A feed from Consercation Bytes, a site dedicated to highlighting, discussing and critiquing the science of conservation that has demonstrated measurable, positive effects for global biodiversity.


11 August 2017. Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss XLIII

Number 43 of my semi-regular instalment of biodiversity cartoons. See full stock of previous ‘Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss’ compendia here. —

2 August 2017. World of urban rangers – Bridging the gap between an urban population and the wildlife we love. The world continues to urbanise. According to the Population Reference Bureau, the developed nations of the world are 74% urban, and it is expected that by 2050, 70% of the entire world will be ‘urban’. Besides all the other consequences, people’s connection to […]

28 July 2017. Paying to stop degrading – We conservationists don’t get a lot of good news these days, and even when we do, I am reminded of the (slightly modified) expression: one step forward, but ten steps backward. It’s enough to lead to depression. Still, we soldier on, and now there are more and more philosophically positive events and venues for ‘optimistic’ […]

21 July 2017. Two new postdoctoral positions in ecological network & vegetation modelling announced – — With the official start of the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) in July, I am pleased to announce two new CABAH-funded postdoctoral positions (a.k.a. Research Associates) in my global ecology lab at Flinders University in Adelaide (Flinders Modelling Node). One of these positions is a little different, and […]

14 July 2017. Journal ranks 2016 – Last year we wrote a bibliometric paper describing a new way to rank journals, which I contend is a fairer representation of relative citation-based rankings by combining existing ones (e.g., ISI, Google Scholar and Scopus) into a composite rank. So, here are the 2016 ranks for (i) 93 ecology, conservation and multidisciplinary journals, and a subset of (ii) 46 ecology […]

7 July 2017. Human population growth, refugees & environmental degradation – The global human population is now over 7.5 billion, and increasing by about 90 million each year. This means that we are predicted to exceed 9 billion people by 2050, with no peak in site this century and a world population of up to 12 billion by 2100. These staggering numbers are the result of […]

30 June 2017. How to respond to reviewers – Just like there are many styles to writing scientific manuscripts, there are also many ways to respond to a set of criticisms and suggestions from reviewers. Likewise, many people and organisations have compiled lists of what to do, and what not to do, in a response to reviews of your manuscript (just type ‘response to […]

23 June 2017. Keeping lions from livestock — building fences can save lives – Seeing majestic lions strolling along the Maasai Mara at sunset — a dream vision for many conservationists, but a nightmare for pastoralists trying to keep their cattle safe at night. Fortunately a conservation success story from Kenya, published today in the journal Conservation Evidence, shows that predation of cattle can be reduced by almost 75% […]

17 June 2017. Protecting one of the world’s marine wonders – While I’m in transit (yet a-bloody-gain) to Helsinki, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on one of the most inspiring eco-tourism experiences I recently had in South Australia. If you are South Australian and have even the slightest interest in wildlife, you will have of course at least heard of the awe-inspiring mass […]

8 June 2017. Dangers of the global road-building tsunami – New roads can be treacherous — even fatal — for wildlife, native forests, and the global environment. If you don’t believe this, just watch this two-minute video, “Why Roads Are So Dangerous” New roads can also be surprisingly risky for human economies and societies, as shown in this brief video, “Why Roads are Like Pandora’s Box”. […]