Journal papers have long-term impact
Recent news highlights how the work published by the journal continues to have impact in the long term. In 2005 we published An astronomical pattern-matching algorithm for computer-aided identification of whale sharks Rhincodon typus by Arzoumanian, Holmberg & Norman. Wired Science reports how that work formed the basis for the ECOCEAN library - a database of >32,000 photographs of whale sharks, the largest of its kind and with far-reaching application. The approach is now being extended to other species and forms a blueprint for how computer modellers can provide innovative tools for field biologists, enabling them to collect long-term data on species that are notoriously diffucult to study. Statisticians can use the information to make projections to guide management - exactly what the journal is all about.
A second news item on BBC EarthNews highlights a new paper in PLOS One that reports how a ban on a veterinary drug in India, Nepal and Pakistan offers some hope for vulture conservation. Back in 2004, the Journal of Applied Ecology published Diclofenac poisoning as a cause of vulture population declines across the Indian subcontinent by Green et al. calling for a ban on diclofenac. The ban was enacted and scientists have been monitoring the effects on 3 species of vulture taken to the brink of extinction from eating livestock carcasses contaminated with the drug. They are cautiously optimistic that the ban has reduced vulture poisoning. Much remains to be done but it is good to see how the research we publish plays its part in practical conservation.
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Article: Integrating applied ecology and planning policy: the case of micro-turbines and wildlife conservation by Park, Turner & Minderman
In the News: Call for wind turbine rules to protect bats and birds - BBC News
Guidelines ‘will protect birds from wind turbines’ - The Scotsman
Article: Large carabid beetle declines in a United Kingdom monitoring network increases evidence for a widespread loss in insect biodiversity by Brooks et al.
In the News: Beetle declines increase concerns about wider insect trouble - NERC Planet Earth
Article: Effects of predator control on behaviour of an apex predator and indirect consequences for mesopredator suppression by Brook, Johnson & Ritchie
In th News: Dingoes may control feral cats - Science Alert
Researchers examine impact of dingo population on feral cats - Phys.Org
Article: Does managed coastal realignment create saltmarshes with ‘equivalent biological characteristics’ to natural reference sites? Mossman, Davy & Grant
In the News: Man-made English saltmarshes 'failing to meet European plant standards' - The Guardian
Manmade marshes poorer in plant-life than natural ones - NERC Planet Earth
Article: Topography drives migratory flight altitude of golden eagles: implications for on-shore wind energy development by Katzner et al.
In the News: Flight Risk - Conservation Magazine
Article: Does environmental contamination influence egg coloration? A long-term study in herring gulls by Hanley & Doucet
In the News: University of Guelph researcher uses bird’s eggs to find out about pollution levels - Guelph Mercury
Eggshell colour is warning sign for contamination in Great Lakes, study shows - The Star
Article: A continental-scale tool for acoustic identification of European bats by Walters et al.
In the News: Free online tool helps identify bat calls - BBC News
Holy bat detector! Ecologists develop first Europe-wide bat ID tool - Phys.Org
New Tool Found for Bat Study - French Tribune
Citizen Scientists Gain a Tool to Map Bat Calls - New York Times
Article:Exploiting avian vision with aircraft lighting to reduce bird strikes by Blackwell et al.
In the News: Taking a bird's eye view could cut wildlife collisions with aircraft - Phys.Org
Lights Help Prevent Bird Strikes - AVWeb
Article: Landscape-scale responses of birds to agri-environment management: a test of the English Environmental Stewardship scheme by Baker et al.
In the News: Study shows benefits of environmental stewardship for birds - Farmers Weekly, UK.
Article: Hotspots of exotic free-spawning sex: man-made environment facilitates success of an invasive seastar by Ling et al.
In the News: Sex on the Beach - Conservation Magazine, USA.
Article: First evidence that Marine Protected Areas can work for marine animals by Gormley et al.
In the News: NZ dolphin survival boosted by Marine Protected Area - BBC Nature, UK;
Rare dolphins boosted by sea sanctuary - CNN, USA;
Size Matters: Large Marine Protected Areas Work for Dolphins - ScienceDaily.
A modified matrix model to describe the seasonal population ecology of the European tick Ixodes ricinus.
Building the evidence base for ecological impact assessment and mitigation.
Article: Limitations to sustainable frankincense production: blocked regeneration, high adult mortality and declining populations by Groenendijk et al.
In the News: Frankincense production 'doomed' - The Guardian, UK;
Frankincense tree facing uncertain future - BBC, UK;
Frankincense threatened by conditions in Ethiopia - USA Today, USA;
Frankincense trees in decline - ABC News, Australia.
Article: Should payments for biodiversity conservation be based on action or results?
In the News: Read an article in Conservation Magazine about this important new paper
Article: Conditioned taste aversion enhances the survival of an endangered predator imperilled by a toxic invader - O’Donnell et al.
In the News:
Quolls force-fed toads in survival fight, ABC (Australia);
How Jonathan Webb saves northern quolls with taste for noxious cane toads, Daily Telegraph (Australia);
Cane toads may hit the Ord but not our quolls, WA today (Australia);
Aversion therapy may save quolls, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia);
It's raining toxic toad sausages in lifeline to the quoll, The Times (UK);
Toads dropped from sky to help save quoll, The Telegraph (UK);
Teaching an Australian marsupial to choose life, Los Angeles Times (USA).
See the Quoll taste test in action on YouTube.
Article: Population change of avian predators and grey squirrels in England: is there evidence for an impact on avian prey populations? - Newson et al.
In the News: Magpies not to blame for songbird decline - The Telegraph, UK;
Named, the guilty hawk... - Daily Express, UK.
Article: Using a native predator (the meat ant, Iridomyrmex reburrus) to reduce the abundance of an invasive species (the cane toad, Bufo marinus) in tropical Australia - Ward-Fear et al.;
In the News: Scientists up ante to give toads a caning - ABC Online, Australia;
New Weapons In Battle Against Giant Oz Toads - Sky News, UK;
Australia uses cat food in fight against cane toads - The Guardian, UK;
Australian study finds new weapons in war against cane toads - 9&10 News, USA.
Article: Spatial and temporal associations between recovering populations of common raven Corvus corax and British upland wader populations - Amar et al.
In the News: Ravens 'not behind' wader decline - BBC News, UK.
Article:The distribution of breeding birds around upland wind farms - Pearce-Higgins et al.
In the News: 'Scarecrow' wind farms put rare birds to flight - The Times, UK;
Wind farms 'not major bird mincers' - BBC, UK;
Windfarms do not cause long-term damage to bird populations, study finds - The Guardian, UK;
A great bird wind up? - Climate Spectator, Austraila.
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