Category Archives: Papers

QAECO’s favourite ecology and conservation papers of 2013

We asked everyone to nominate their favourite paper of 2013, and here’s what they said. What we’ve learnt from this exercise is that as a group we have diverse interests, but particularly enjoy papers published in Methods in Ecology and … Continue reading

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Land abandonment and the decline of the Yellow-bellied toad in Liguria, northern Italy

By Stefano Canessa (This article was first published on the Europe Section of the Society for Conservation Biology Blog) Across Europe, centuries of interactions between low-intensity human activities, such as extensive small-scale farming, and the surrounding environment have created what we … Continue reading

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Bogged down in the willows: making robust conservation decisions in the face of uncertainty

By Joslin Moore (This article was first published in the March 2013 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) How much should we invest in learning as opposed to doing when it comes to conservation management? Keep in … Continue reading

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Conservation tools – back to basics

A rough guide to fauna surveys, distribution models, and PVAs By Brendan Wintle (This article was first published in the February 2013 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) Imagine you’re a forest manager responsible for … Continue reading

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The detection of species and their abundance

What’s the relationship between a species’ abundance and an observer’s chance of spotting it? By Mick McCarthy (This article was first published in the February 2013 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) Strange scenes were recently reported in … Continue reading

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Detecting species without species-specific guides: a new, trait-based model of detectability

By Georgia Garrard (This article was first published in the February 2013 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) Imperfect detectability of plants and animals during ecological surveys is a major issue. Get it wrong and you run … Continue reading

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Making smart management decisions even when we are uncertain

How do we use structured decision making and value of information analysis to identify robust management strategies even when there is a lot of uncertainty about the system? QAECO’s Joslin Moore and Mike Runge describe how they did it in … Continue reading

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