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Volume 4 Issue 9, September 2020

Volume 4 Issue 9

Welcome to the anthropause

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a drastic global reduction in modern human activity. This ‘anthropause’ could enable unprecedented insights into human–wildlife interactions. While this photograph was taken in a deer park, it captures the promise of a research opportunity tragically afforded by the pandemic. The Greta Thunberg mural in the background serves as a reminder that urgent action is required to shape a sustainable future.

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Image: Sam Binding. Cover Design: Lauren Heslop.


  • Editorial |

    The importance of biodiversity protection for disease prevention is now obvious from evolutionary, ecological and economic angles.


Comment & Opinion

News & Views


  • Perspective |

    Recent institutional and vertebrate conservation scientists’ publication data suggest that China has a growing conservation research capacity deficit. Here the authors outline steps China must take to build up this capacity in order to safeguard the country’s exceptionally rich biodiversity.

    • Peng-Fei Fan
    • Li Yang
    • Tien Ming Lee
  • Perspective |

    Vaccines that can spread autonomously through animal populations could help to prevent zoonoses before they spillover into humans. This Perspective discusses the epidemiological theory and the practical challenges associated with transmissible and transferable vaccines.

    • Scott L. Nuismer
    • James J. Bull


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