New ways to Characterise the 3D Stucture of Urban Vegetation

If you go to the public parks around where you live, you will likely find that the structure of the vegetation differs substantially among parks. Some parks may have wide open gassy areas, some may have forested areas with a grassy understory, while others may have forested areas with a dense understory. If you think … More New ways to Characterise the 3D Stucture of Urban Vegetation

The Importance of Landscape Structure for Urban Vegetation Complexity

Check out Matthew Mitchell’s recent post on the Journal of Applied Ecology blog discussing our recent paper demonstrating that urban vegetation vertical structure is strongly related to the spatial structure of urban landscapes. Our key finding was that vegetation cover and the vertical diversity of vegetation at a site scale declined as the amount of … More The Importance of Landscape Structure for Urban Vegetation Complexity

Preserving coastal wetlands under sea level rise

Can payments for ecosystem services fund climate change adaptation? Coastal wetlands, such as mangroves, can be lost due to sea level rise. This is means essential ecosystem services, such as the maintenance of fisheries, coastal protection, and carbon sequestration, could be lost along with them. However, it doesn’t have to be this way – these … More Preserving coastal wetlands under sea level rise

A New Method for Quantifying Uncertainty for Landscape Genetics Studies

In the past few years there have been some very nice advances in methods for estimating relationships between landcover and connectivity using landsdape genetics (Shirk et al. 2010, Dudaniec et al. 2013, Peterman et al. 2014). These methods are potentially powerful for conservation because they allow spatial predictions of genetic connectivity in relation to landcover … More A New Method for Quantifying Uncertainty for Landscape Genetics Studies

Understanding Biodiversity Synthesis: Insights from my visit to the iDiv centre in Germany

What is “Biodiversity Synthesis”? This question was pondered and debated in a summer school I recently attended, hosted by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv). Located in Leipzig, Germany, iDiv encompasses a wide range of research topics, predominantly focusing on environmental change caused by loss of species and habitats, sustainable development and bio-resource … More Understanding Biodiversity Synthesis: Insights from my visit to the iDiv centre in Germany

Alternative futures and targets for Borneo

A few months ago we published a paper (Runting et al 2015) in which we employ an integrated economic and environmental planning approach to evaluate four alternative futures for the island of Borneo. This paper was inspired by the observation that public policy targets for the 3 nations on Borneo (Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei) were potentially … More Alternative futures and targets for Borneo

Climate and Land cover Change Interact to Affect Conservation Priorities

A few years ago we published a paper (Mantyka-Pringle et al. 2012) in which we used a meta-analysis to quantify empirically the effect of interactions between climate change and habitat loss on species declines due to habitat loss. In general we showed that the effect of habitat loss was greatest in areas with the highest … More Climate and Land cover Change Interact to Affect Conservation Priorities