Conservation biology

Definition

Conservation biology is the study of attempts to protect and preserve biodiversity. It focuses on both the biological and social factors that affect the success of conservation efforts and on determining ecosystems and species whose conservation is a high priority.

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  • Comments and Opinion |

    We anticipate that conventional management approaches will be insufficient to protect coral reefs, even if global warming is limited to 1.5 °C. Emerging technologies are needed to stem the decline of these natural assets.

    • Ken Anthony
    • , Line K. Bay
    • , Robert Costanza
    • , Jennifer Firn
    • , John Gunn
    • , Peter Harrison
    • , Andrew Heyward
    • , Petra Lundgren
    • , David Mead
    • , Tom Moore
    • , Peter J. Mumby
    • , Madeleine J. H. van Oppen
    • , John Robertson
    • , Michael C. Runge
    • , David J. Suggett
    • , Britta Schaffelke
    • , David Wachenfeld
    •  & Terry Walshe
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Targets for human development are increasingly connected with targets for nature, however, existing scenarios do not explicitly address this relationship. Here, we outline a strategy to generate scenarios centred on our relationship with nature to inform decision-making at multiple scales.

    • Isabel M. D. Rosa
    • , Henrique M. Pereira
    • , Simon Ferrier
    • , Rob Alkemade
    • , Lilibeth A. Acosta
    • , H. Resit Akcakaya
    • , Eefje den Belder
    • , Asghar M. Fazel
    • , Shinichiro Fujimori
    • , Mike Harfoot
    • , Khaled A. Harhash
    • , Paula A. Harrison
    • , Jennifer Hauck
    • , Rob J. J. Hendriks
    • , Gladys Hernández
    • , Walter Jetz
    • , Sylvia I. Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen
    • , HyeJin Kim
    • , Nicholas King
    • , Marcel T. J. Kok
    • , Grygoriy O. Kolomytsev
    • , Tanya Lazarova
    • , Paul Leadley
    • , Carolyn J. Lundquist
    • , Jaime García Márquez
    • , Carsten Meyer
    • , Laetitia M. Navarro
    • , Carsten Nesshöver
    • , Hien T. Ngo
    • , Karachepone N. Ninan
    • , Maria G. Palomo
    • , Laura M. Pereira
    • , Garry D. Peterson
    • , Ramon Pichs
    • , Alexander Popp
    • , Andy Purvis
    • , Federica Ravera
    • , Carlo Rondinini
    • , Jyothis Sathyapalan
    • , Aafke M. Schipper
    • , Ralf Seppelt
    • , Josef Settele
    • , Nadia Sitas
    •  & Detlef van Vuuren
  • Comments and Opinion |

    The political, cultural and scientific capital of the world's most populous nation is on the hunt for global talent.

    • Flynn Murphy
    Nature 549, S5–S9
  • News and Views |

    A trait-based approach for assessing physiological sensitivity to climate change can connect a species' evolutionary past with its future vulnerability. Now a global assessment of freshwater and marine fishes reveals patterns of warming sensitivity, highlighting the importance of different biogeographies and identifying places where vulnerability runs high.

    • Jennifer Sunday
  • Comments and Opinion |

    As sea levels rise, human displacement and subsequent land-use change may be as ecologically significant as the direct impacts of climate change. New work suggesting that mean sea level will rise further and faster than previously thought calls attention to the importance of these indirect processes for ecology and conservation.

    • Steven L. Chown
    •  & Grant A. Duffy