Conservation biology

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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  • News and Views |

    How can the decline in global biodiversity be reversed, given the need to supply food? Computer modelling provides a way to assess the effectiveness of combining various conservation and food-system interventions to tackle this issue.

    • Brett A. Bryan
    •  & Carla L. Archibald
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Recent engineered expansions of the Panama and Suez canals have accelerated the introduction of non-native marine fishes and other organisms between their adjacent waters. Measures to prevent further invasions through canals should be incorporated into global shipping policies, as well as through local efforts.

    • Gustavo A. Castellanos-Galindo
    • , D. Ross Robertson
    •  & Mark E. Torchin
  • News and Views |

    Construction along coasts and offshore is accelerating. A new study estimates the extent of different developments and their wider influence and forecasts their expansion.

    • Stephen J. Hawkins
    • , Louise B. Firth
    •  & Ally J. Evans
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Efforts by conservation scientists to draw public attention to the biodiversity crisis are increasingly met with denialist rhetoric. We summarize some of the methods used by denialists to undermine scientific evidence on biodiversity loss, and outline pathways forward for the scientific community to counter misinformation.

    • Alexander C. Lees
    • , Simon Attwood
    • , Jos Barlow
    •  & Ben Phalan