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Reducing publication delay to improve the efficiency and impact of conservation science

Recently, Tom White and Alec Christie spoke to PeerJ about their article Reducing publication delay to improve the efficiency and impact of conservation science. This interview was originally published on the PeerJ blog. Can you tell us a bit about yourselves? We’re both researchers from the Conservation Evidence project at the University of Cambridge. AlecContinue reading “Reducing publication delay to improve the efficiency and impact of conservation science”


Making conservation evidence from citizen science accessible

Francesca is an Ecological Modeller at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, where she works primarily with citizen science data to produce species trends and identify the drivers of biodiversity; @Frances_Mancini The UK has a long tradition of monitoring biodiversity through citizen science (Pocock et al, 2015). Since the 1970s hundreds of volunteer-ledContinue reading “Making conservation evidence from citizen science accessible”

Challenges and opportunities for evidence-based development mitigation

This blog was written by Bronwen Hunter, a PhD student at the University of Sussex who recently completed her MSc at Imperial College, London, where she conducted research on the evidence for ecological mitigation measures. Her current work focuses on the application of text-analysis tools to global analyses of wildlife exploitation. What is ecological mitigation?Continue reading “Challenges and opportunities for evidence-based development mitigation”

1,000 pages of evidence for conservation actions

This week, the sixth edition of Conservation Evidence’s flagship publication, What Works in Conservation, is published. What Works provides a freely-available, comprehensive overview of the expert assessment of evidence for the effectiveness (or not) of management actions collated within Conservation Evidence synopses. It is a freely-available resource for conservation managers, practitioners and policy-makers who wantContinue reading “1,000 pages of evidence for conservation actions”

Turning evidence into action for the conservation of the UK’s woods and trees

This blog was written by Karen Hornigold, Conservation Evidence Advisor for the Woodland Trust. The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading native woods and trees conservation charity, with a large woodland estate that we manage for people and wildlife. We use research and evidence to underpin our conservation work, not only on our estate, butContinue reading “Turning evidence into action for the conservation of the UK’s woods and trees”

Experiments in conservation practice

This blog was written by Nancy Ockendon, Science Manager for the Endangered Landscapes Programme, to accompany the publication of the open-access article Effectively integrating experiments into conservation practice in Ecological Solutions and Evidence. It seeks to raise awareness of opportunities to embed experiments in conservation and restoration management, in order to generate new evidence andContinue reading “Experiments in conservation practice”

Evidence synthesis communities and the future of evidence-informed conservation

Neal R Haddaway, Matthew J Grainger, Gavin Stewart From computer science to public health, from sustainable agriculture to marine conservation, evidence synthesis is increasingly seen as a vital piece of the decision-making process. Evidence synthesis methodologies are developing rapidly, aided by new technologies that can make synthesis work more efficient. At the same time, communitiesContinue reading “Evidence synthesis communities and the future of evidence-informed conservation”

Looking out for the little things

Dr Andrew Bladon is a Research Associate at Conservation Evidence and is currently writing the Butterfly and Moth Conservation synopsis. The list of Conservation Evidence synopses seems to grow longer by the month, and with the reptile synopsis due out later this year [read about it here], we are close to having produced synopses forContinue reading “Looking out for the little things”

What evidence matters most in conservation practice?

Dr Anne Mupepele is a Postdoc and Lecturer at the Department of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology, University of Freiburg Conservation practitioners frequently have to prioritize which actions to take to preserve or restore ecosystems, biodiversity or threatened species.  Calls that such actions should be based on scientific evidence are not new (Stuart 1945; CochraneContinue reading “What evidence matters most in conservation practice?”

Applied Ecology Resources: connecting research and practice

Marc Cadotte is a Professor at the University of Toronto and Chair of Applied Ecology Resources, as well as Editor-in-Chief of its accompanying journal, Ecological Solutions and Evidence. Effective conservation and applied ecological management and policy requires that information from both research and practice are available. While it is a straightforward endeavour to search forContinue reading “Applied Ecology Resources: connecting research and practice”