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New paper: Simultaneously operating threats cannot predict extinction risk

Journal: Conservation Letters Abstract: Species afflicted by multiple threats are thought to face greater extinction risk. However, it is not known whether multiple threats operate antagonistically, additively, or synergistically, or whether they vary across different taxonomic and spatial scales. We … Continue reading

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New paper! Class Conflict: Diffuse Competition between Mammalian and Reptilian Predators

Journal: Diversity Abstract: (1) Diffuse competition affects per capita rates of population increase among species that exploit similar resources, and thus can be an important structuring force in ecological communities. Diffuse competition has traditionally been studied within taxonomically similar groups, … Continue reading

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New paper: Impact of 2019–2020 mega-fires on Australian fauna habitat

Journal: Nature Ecology & Evolution Abstract: Australia’s 2019–2020 mega-fires were exacerbated by drought, anthropogenic climate change and existing land-use management. Here, using a combination of remotely sensed data and species distribution models, we found these fires burnt ~97,000 km2 of … Continue reading

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New paper: Ecological forecasts to inform near‐term management of threats to biodiversity

Published in: Global Change Biology Abstract: Ecosystems are being altered by rapid and interacting changes in natural processes and anthropogenic threats to biodiversity. Uncertainty in historical, current and future  effectiveness of actions hampers decisions about how to mitigate changes to … Continue reading

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New paper! Persistence through tough times: fixed and shifting refuges in threatened species conservation

Published in: Biodiversity and Conservation Abstract: It may be possible to avert threatened species declines by protecting refuges that promote species persistence during times of stress. To do this, we need to know where refuges are located, and when and … Continue reading

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New paper! Understanding selective predation: are energy and nutrients important?

Authors: Tamara I. Potter, Hayley J. Stannard, Aaron C. Greenville and Chris R. Dickman. Published in: Plos One. Abstract: For generalist predators, a mixed diet can be advantageous as it allows individuals to exploit a potentially broad range of profitable … Continue reading

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New Paper! Making the most of incomplete long-term datasets: the MARSS solution

Authors: Aaron C. Greenville, Vuong Nguyen, Glenda M. Wardle and Chris R. Dickman Published in: Australian Zoologist Abstract: Long-term field-based monitoring is essential to develop a deep understanding of how ecosystems function and to identify species at risk of decline. … Continue reading

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New paper: Biodiversity responds to increasing climatic extremes in a biome-specific manner

Authors: Aaron C. Greenville, Emma Burns, Christopher R. Dickman, David A. Keith, David B. Lindenmayer, John W. Morgan, Dean Heinze, Ian Mansergh, Graeme R. Gillespie, Luke Einoder, Alaric Fisher, Jeremy Russell-Smith , Daniel J. Metcalfe, Peter T. Green, Ary A. … Continue reading

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Book review: The Biology of Deserts

David Ward, 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016. xv + 370 pp. First published in Austral Ecology. Contrary to the popular perception that deserts are wastelands, they house some of the most diverse communities of flora and fauna of … Continue reading

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New paper: Desert mammal populations are limited by introduced predators rather than future climate change

Authors: Aaron C. Greenville, Glenda M. Wardle & Chris R. Dickman Published in: Royal Society Open Science Abstract: Climate change is predicted to place up to one in six species at risk of extinction in coming decades, but extinction probability … Continue reading

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