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Our January issue includes urban soil biodiversity, Indonesian mangroves, hominin footprints, editors' highlights from 2022, and an Editorial to mark the bicentenary of Alfred Russel Wallace.


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    Biodiversity is being lost globally, at devastating rates. The 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity will finalise a global biodiversity conservation framework for 2020-2050. The negotiations must result in ambitious yet workable targets that protect and restore nature, while equitably and sustainably sharing nature’s contributions to people.

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    • A study of plant–pollinator networks in a fragmented island landscape in China finds that habitat edges might not be bad for biodiversity.

      • Pavel Dodonov
      • Eliana Cazetta
      News & Views
    • The authors outline a framework for predicting animal population collapse under external stressors, based on a predictable sequence of observable changes through time.

      • Francesco Cerini
      • Dylan Z. Childs
      • Christopher F. Clements
    • In the period 1880 to 2020, intraspecific body-size variation increased in many mammal and bird species in North America, along with declines in average body size. These results suggest potential buffering effects against species downsizing and species capacity to cope with environmental change, but warn of an increasing possibility of maladaptation.

      Research Briefing
    • Laboratory-quantified spatial memory and subsequent free-ranging movements show how learning about space and establishing familiar areas increase fitness in pheasants.

      • Francesca Cagnacci
      News & Views
  • Transforming the rapidly growing ocean economy into a ‘blue economy’ based on principles of sustainability, equity and inclusivity is crucial. We contend that marine biotechnology is not on this trajectory and that a more holistic approach for people and nature is needed to bring marine biotechnology into the blue economy.

    • Robert Blasiak
    • Jean-Baptiste Jouffray
    • Henrik Österblom
  • A visionary and interdisciplinary scientist who brought a fearless passion to everything she did, inspiring all those around her.

    • Simon van Vliet
    • Martin Ackermann
  • Calls to decolonize disciplines and institutions circulate in the scientific community. In ecology, only the surface of the colonial structure has been scratched. We propose that two gaps must be filled to decolonize the ‘decolonial turn’ itself: recognition of decolonial theories produced in the Global South and a deeper historical and socioeconomic analysis of forms of production and validation of knowledge in ecology.

    • María N. Clerici Hirschfeld
    • Luiz R. R. Faria
    • Carlos Roberto Fonseca
  • We celebrate Alfred Russel Wallace on the bicentenary of his birth.


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