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.


17 September 2017. A gender-diverse lab is a good lab – — Another little expurgated teaser from my upcoming book with Cambridge University Press. — My definition of a ‘lab’ is simply a group of people who do the science in question — and people are indeed a varied mob. I’d bet that most scientists do not necessarily give much thought to the diversity of the […]

7 September 2017. Less snow from climate change pushes evolution of browner birds – Climate changes exert selective pressures on the reproduction and survival of species. A study of tawny owls from Finland finds that the proportion of two colour morphs varies in response to the gradual decline of snowfall occurring in the boreal region. Someone born in the tropics who travels to the Antarctic or the Himalaya can, […]

31 August 2017. Which countries protect the most of their land? – One potentially useful metric to measure how different nations value their biodiversity is just how much of a country’s land its government sets aside to protect its natural heritage and resources. While this might not necessarily cover all the aspects of ‘environment’ we need to explore, we know from previous research that the more emphasis […]

26 August 2017. When to appeal a rejection – A modified excerpt from my upcoming book for you to contemplate after your next rejection letter. — This is a delicate subject that requires some reflection. Early in my career, I believed the appeal process to be a waste of time. Having made one or two of them to no avail, and then having been […]

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 […]