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.


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”. […]

30 May 2017. It’s not all about temperature for corals – Global warming of the atmosphere and the oceans is modifying the distribution of many plants and animals. However, marine species are bound to face non-thermal barriers that might preclude their dispersal over wide stretches of the sea. Sunlight is one of those invisible obstacles for corals from the Indian and Pacific Oceans. If we were […]

25 May 2017. Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss XLII

Number 41 of my semi-regular instalment of biodiversity cartoons, and the first for 2017. See full stock of previous ‘Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss’ compendia here. —

14 May 2017. Spring asynchrony in migratory birds – Migratory birds synchronise their travel from non-breeding to breeding quarters with the seasonal conditions optimal for reproduction. Above all, they decide when to migrate on the basis of the climate of their wintering areas while they are there. As climate change involves earlier springs in the Arctic but not in the wintering areas, there is […]

8 May 2017. Who are the healthiest people in the world? – Apologies for the little gap in my regular posts — I am in the fortunate position of having spent the last three weeks in the beautiful Villa Serbelloni in the village of Bellagio on the shores of Lake Como (northern Italy) engaged in writing a new book with my good friend and colleague, Professor Paul […]

26 April 2017. Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss XLI – Number 41 of my semi-regular instalment of biodiversity cartoons, and the first for 2017. See full stock of previous ‘Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss’ compendia here. —         Filed under: cartoon, conservation, environmental policy, science Tagged: Anthropocene, biodiversity, climate change, deforestation, denialism, Endangered species, extinction, Global warming, Holocene, oil palm, palm oil, science, tropical

17 April 2017. Noses baffled by ocean acidification – Smell is like noise, the more scents we breathe in one sniff, the more difficult it is to distinguish them to the point of olfactory saturation. Experimental work with clownfish reveals that the increase in dissolved carbon dioxide in seawater, mimicking ocean acidification, alters olfactory physiology, with potential cascading effects on the demography of species. […]

13 April 2017. Job: Research Fellow in Palaeo-Ecological Modelling – I have another postdoctoral fellowship to advertise! All the details you need for applying are below. — KEY PURPOSE  Scientific data such as fossil and archaeological records used as proxy to reconstruct past environments and biological communities (including humans) are sparse, often ambiguous or contradictory when establishing any consensus on timing or routes of initial […]