Virtual Issue: Conservation Ecology

April 2016

This Virtual Issue, created especially for the joint BES and Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) Symposium “Making a difference in conservation: improving the links between ecological research policy and practice”, showcases the latest outstanding conservation research published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution and Journal of Applied Ecology.
The methods showcased in Methods in Ecology and Evolution include a meta-analysis of spatial conservation models and a systematic review of the Delphi technique in conservation and environmental management. The latter article was one of this year’s highly commended papers for Methods’ annual Robert May prize by an early career researcher. The collection also highlights an Application article describing rSPACE, an open source r package for implementing a spatially based power analysis for designing monitoring programs. Our Application papers describe new software, equipment, or other practical tools, with the intention of promoting and maximising the uptake of these new approaches. They are all free to access.
The research from Journal of Applied Ecology includes three Policy Directions – the article type launched in 2015 to inform and improve policy by providing a broader policy context and relating it to the wider issues around constrained decision making. The articles cover topics including policy challenges for managing invasive species, fire management policies in Brazil, and wildlife fencing policies in dryland ecosystems. The selection also includes a Practitioner’s Perspective on evidence-based conservation, a Forum article on biodiversity offsetting and an Editor’s Choice on the costs for monitoring European farmland biodiversity.
We hope that you enjoy reading this collection of articles and that you will consider submitting your best conservation research to these journals.

Review: The Delphi technique in ecology and biological conservation: applications and guidelines
Nibedita Mukherjee, Jean Hugé, William J. Sutherland, Jeffrey McNeill, Maarten Van Opstal, Farid Dahdouh-Guebas and Nico Koedam

Climate change, species range shifts and dispersal corridors: an evaluation of spatial conservation models
Diogo Alagador, Jorge Orestes Cerdeira and Miguel Bastos Araújo

Resilience metrics to inform ecosystem management under global change with application to coral reefs
Peter J. Mumby and Kenneth R. N. Anthony

Using the Spatial Population Abundance Dynamics Engine for conservation management
Nicholas J. Beeton, Clive R. McMahon, Grant J. Williamson, Joanne Potts, Jonathan Bloomer, Marthán N. Bester, Larry K. Forbes and Chris N. Johnson

Multipurpose habitat networks for short-range and long-range connectivity: a new method combining graph and circuit connectivity
Bronwyn Rayfield, David Pelletier, Maria Dumitru, Jeffrey A. Cardille and Andrew Gonzalez

An interim framework for assessing the population consequences of disturbance
Stephanie L. King, Robert S. Schick, Carl Donovan, Cormac G. Booth, Mark Burgman, Len Thomas and John Harwood

Ecoacoustic indices as proxies for biodiversity on temperate reefs
Sydney A. Harris, Nick T. Shears and Craig A. Radford

Application: rSPACE: Spatially based power analysis for conservation and ecology
Martha M. Ellis, Jacob S. Ivan, Jody M. Tucker and Michael K. Schwartz

When do we need more data? A primer on calculating the value of information for applied ecologists
Stefano Canessa, Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita, José J. Lahoz-Monfort, Darren M. Southwell, Doug P. Armstrong, Iadine Chadès, Robert C. Lacy and Sarah J. Converse

High-throughput monitoring of wild bee diversity and abundance via mitogenomics
Min Tang, Chloe J. Hardman, Yinqiu Ji, Guanliang Meng, Shanlin Liu, Meihua Tan, Shenzhou Yang, Ellen D. Moss, Jiaxin Wang, Chenxue Yang, Catharine Bruce, Tim Nevard, Simon G. Potts, Xin Zhou, and Douglas W. Yu

Forum: Perverse incentives risk undermining biodiversity offset policies
Ascelin Gordon, Joseph W. Bull, Chris Wilcox and Martine Maron

Policy Direction: Developing fencing policies for dryland ecosystems
Sarah M. Durant, Matthew S. Becker, Scott Creel, Sultana Bashir, Amy J. Dickman, Roseline C. Beudels-Jamar, Laly Lichtenfeld, Ray Hilborn, Jake Wall, George Wittemyer, Lkhagvasuren Badamjav, Stephen Blake, Luigi Boitani, Christine Breitenmoser, Femke Broekhuis, David Christianson, Gabriele Cozzi, Tim R. B. Davenport, James Deutsch, Pierre Devillers, Luke Dollar, Stephanie Dolrenry, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Egil Dröge, Emily FitzHerbert, Charles Foley, Leela Hazzah, J. Grant C. Hopcraft, Dennis Ikanda, Andrew Jacobson, Dereck Joubert, Marcella J. Kelly, James Milanzi, Nicholas Mitchell, Jassiel M'Soka, Maurus Msuha, Thandiwe Mweetwa, Julius Nyahongo, Elias Rosenblatt, Paul Schuette, Claudio Sillero-Zubiri, Anthony R. E. Sinclair, Mark R. Stanley Price, Alexandra Zimmermann and Nathalie Pettorelli

Policy Direction: Invasion pathways at a crossroad: policy and research challenges for managing alien species introductions
Philip E. Hulme

Practitioner's Perspective: Scientists' responsibilities towards evidence-based conservation in a Small Island Developing State
Christopher N. Kaiser-Bunbury, Frauke Fleischer-Dogley, Didier Dogley and Nancy Bunbury

Catchment zoning for freshwater conservation: refining plans to enhance action on the ground
Virgilio Hermoso, Lorenzo Cattarino, Mark J. Kennard, Mathew Watts and Simon Linke

A landscape triage approach: combining spatial and temporal dynamics to prioritize restoration and conservation
Danielle I. Rappaport, Leandro R. Tambosi and Jean P. Metzger

Understanding the importance of small patches of habitat for conservation
Ayesha I. T. Tulloch, Megan D. Barnes, Jeremy Ringma, Richard A. Fuller and James E. M. Watson

Land-use impacts on the quantity and configuration of ecosystem service provisioning in Massachusetts, USA
Meghan Blumstein and Jonathan R. Thompson

Review: Towards a risk register for natural capital
Georgina M. Mace, Rosemary S. Hails, Philip Cryle, Julian Harlow and Stewart J. Clarke

Policy Direction: The need for a consistent fire policy for Cerrado conservation
Giselda Durigan and James A. Ratter

Editor’s Choice: How much would it cost to monitor farmland biodiversity in Europe?
Ilse R. Geijzendorffer, Stefano Targetti, Manuel K. Schneider, Dick J. Brus, Philippe Jeanneret, Robert H.G. Jongman, Martin Knotters, Davide Viaggi, Siyka Angelova, Michaela Arndorfer, Debra Bailey, Katalin Balázs, András Báldi, Marion M. B. Bogers, Robert G. H. Bunce, Jean-Philippe Choisis, Peter Dennis, Sebastian Eiter, Wendy Fjellstad, Jürgen K. Friedel, Tiziano Gomiero, Arjan Griffioen, Max Kainz, Anikó Kovács-Hostyánszki, Gisela Lüscher, Gerardo Moreno, Juri Nascimbene, Maurizio G. Paoletti, Philippe Pointereau, Jean-Pierre Sarthou, Norman Siebrecht, Igor Staritsky, Siyka Stoyanova, Sebastian Wolfrum and Felix Herzog

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