Coalescing global expertise for global problems: thoughts from the Davos World Biodiversity Forum

Last month, Davos hosted the first World Biodiversity Forum, bringing together representatives from different sectors to hold a conversation about the future of biodiversity around the world. Marc Cadotte, Chair of Applied Ecology Resources (AER) and Editor-in-Chief of Ecological Solutions and Evidence (ESE), shares his thoughts and experiences from the inaugural event. Global discussions around pandemics and economic downturn garner immense attention from governments and … Continue reading Coalescing global expertise for global problems: thoughts from the Davos World Biodiversity Forum

Editor’s Choice 57:02 – Understanding anglers as spatially mobile human predators in freshwater landscapes

Using the example of a spatial recreational fishery for lake trout in northern Canada, Wilson et al. present an exciting analysis of how human behaviour and local ecological dynamics interact to shape landscape-level outcomes. Associate Editor, Robert Arlinghaus highlights why this article has been selected as an Editor’s Choice. The field of applied ecology is increasingly moving towards studies that integrate human behaviour and ecological … Continue reading Editor’s Choice 57:02 – Understanding anglers as spatially mobile human predators in freshwater landscapes

Integrating ecosystem services into environmental decision making

How can institutions and decision makers better work with practitioners to deliver an effective ecosystem services approach in a world of competing priorities? Read the questions posed by Alina Congreve and Iain Cross, and share your thoughts in the comments below. The related challenges of climate change and biodiversity conservation require decision makers to develop an effective range of policy solutions. One approach is to … Continue reading Integrating ecosystem services into environmental decision making

Issue 55:2

Issue 55:2 includes a Spotlight on Decision making under uncertainty. Other topics include urban ecology, population monitoring, tropical forest restoration and more. Here we take a look at some of the articles published in this issue. Decision making under uncertainty Senior Editor, Michael Bode on this issue’s selection of Spotlight papers How does grazing by wild ungulates and livestock affect plant richness? This issue’s Editor’s Choice Jaguar … Continue reading Issue 55:2

Spotlight: Decision making under uncertainty

Issue 55:2 of Journal of Applied Ecology features a Spotlight on Decision making under uncertainty. Senior Editor, Michael Bode discusses these Spotlight papers, chosen by the Editors to showcase the latest research in this area. Professor John Shepherd famously compared fisheries management to forestry, except that the trees were invisible and were constantly moving around. Most applied ecologists would sympathise, while simultaneously casting an envious eye … Continue reading Spotlight: Decision making under uncertainty

Conservation practitioners’ perspectives on decision triggers for evidence-based management

In this webinar recording, for the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environment Management, Prue Addison, author of Journal of Applied Ecology Practitioner’s Perspective ‘Conservation practitioners’ perspectives on decision triggers for evidence-based management‘ discusses the use of decision triggers in evidence-based conservation management and provides guidance on how to develop these. The article from Prue Addison, Carly Cook and Kelly de Bie is free to read … Continue reading Conservation practitioners’ perspectives on decision triggers for evidence-based management

Uncertainty matters in modelling, but it can be overcome if some simple rules are followed

In this post Associate Editor Andre Punt discusses a recent Commentary from E. J. Milner-Gulland and Katriona Shea ‘Embracing uncertainty in applied ecology‘ Models are core to many working in the various fields that constitute applied ecology. However, models can mislead researchers and decision makers if used incorrectly.  Uncertainty is pervasive in applied ecology, and if not handled correctly can lead those using models having … Continue reading Uncertainty matters in modelling, but it can be overcome if some simple rules are followed

Is policy too important to leave to decision makers? The case of the Infrastructure Bill

By Sarah Durant, Institute of Zoology In April, the Zoological Society of London together with the British Ecological Society organised a one day symposium, entitled “ The Conservation Science Policy/Interface: Challenges and Opportunities”. Acting as the launch event for the BES’s revitalised Conservation Special Interest Group, the symposium brought together over 150 scientists, conservationists and policy-makers to explore how the links between science and policy … Continue reading Is policy too important to leave to decision makers? The case of the Infrastructure Bill

Culling badgers to control cattle tuberculosis – a black and white issue?

Last month, the Zoological Society of London together with the British Ecological Society organised a one day symposium, entitled “ The Conservation Science Policy/Interface: Challenges and Opportunities”. Acting as the launch event for the BES’s revitalised Conservation Special Interest Group, the symposium brought together over 150 scientists, conservationists and policy-makers to explore how the links between science and policy can be strengthened. Among the speakers … Continue reading Culling badgers to control cattle tuberculosis – a black and white issue?

Building better models for environmental decision-making: how can modellers & practitioners collaborate?

In this post, Kevin Wood describes a Practitioner’s Perspective article on the joint development of individual-based models between modellers and practitioners: “Co-creation of individual-based models by practitioners and modellers to inform environmental decision-making” by Wood, Stillman & Goss-Custard. We live in an age of environmental change unprecedented in human history. Such change is due to an array of factors including climate change, growing human population … Continue reading Building better models for environmental decision-making: how can modellers & practitioners collaborate?