Biodiversity 100: actions for Australia

In this International Year of Biodiversity, the Conference of Parties (COP10) will meet this month to adopt a new target to slow the global loss of biodiverity. The Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) was ratified in 1993, and in 2002 a commitment was agreed upon by all Parties to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction…

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Wilson Lab Journal Club: What Is Natural?

What Is Natural? The Need for a Long-Term Perspective in Biodiversity Conservation. K. J. Willis, et al. Science 314, 1261 (2006); DOI: 10.1126/science.1122667 By Ana Prohaska Conservation science and management tends to ignore long-term historical records.  An increasing number of studies, however, have illustrated the importance of long term and palaeo-ecological data in several aspects…

Wilson Lab Journal Club: War and Peace and Conservation Biology

Each month the Wilson Lab meets to discuss an important piece of literature, brainstorm grand ideas or discuss research directions and progress. This month, Lochran Traill led the discussion. Ehrenfeld, D. 2000. War and Peace and Conservation Biology. Conservation Biology 14(1): 105-112. By Lochran Traill Written a decade ago, Ehrenfeld’s reference to “great events of…