Conservation Science Blog

New research relevant to conservation in western North America

The Conservation Science Blog is intended to bring new and relevant research to the attention of conservation scientists, and facilitate discussion on how to apply this science to further conservation goals in western North America.

Assessing threats to the sagebrush ecosystem

A new paper by Bethany Bradley maps threats to the sagebrush ecosystem from several factors such as climate change and cheatgrass invasion by integrating predictions from different types of models.
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Posted in Climate change |

The trouble with trusting complex science

An interesting column in today’s Guardian discusses why the public distrusts science, building on the Nature study previously posted here.
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Posted in Climate change |

The forgotten stage of forest succession: early-successional ecosystems on forest sites

A new review of the ecological role of early-successional forests by Swanson and others, including Dominick Dellasala of NCCSP, is forthcoming in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The authors conclude:
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Posted in Endangered species management, Fire ecology |

The velocity of climate change (and biodiversity loss)

Considering earlier posts on broad-scale management strategies for minimizing biodiversity loss due to climate change, an additional article by our Wilburforce friend, Healy Hamilton, and colleagues is also of interest: http://research.calacademy.org/cabi/news/1766.
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Posted in Climate change |