Applied Ecology Resources promote evidence-based decision making by curating a wide range of information sources including grey literature – but how can researchers and practitioners use this resource in their work? AER Chair Marc Cadotte provides the following advice. Information is key for evaluating the evidence base underpinning scientific understanding, and for developing effective and efficient management of ecosystems. Yet, the primary sources of information … Continue reading Using grey literature as an evidence base for ecological research and practice
The Applied Ecologist’s Blog has a new look and, with it, a new name! We’re pleased to introduce The Applied Ecologist. Bridging the gap between researchers, practitioners and policymakers, this is your home for applied ecological content from the British Ecological Society. We’ll still be sharing research news from Journal of Applied Ecology as well as topical contributions from our global community of practitioners, researchers … Continue reading Introducing The Applied Ecologist … your new-look blog
The Ecological Solutions and Evidence Editorial Board boasts expertise from a wide range of ecological sectors; from research institutions and NGOs to public body organisations and consultancies. In this second part of our two-part series, we ask our Associate Editors – who work in or in the interface between research, practice and policy – why people should submit to the Journal and what kind of … Continue reading Ecological Solutions and Evidence: perspectives from research, practice and policy (part 2)
The Ecological Solutions and Evidence Editorial Board boasts expertise from a wide range of ecological sectors; from research institutions and NGOs to public body organisations and consultancies. In this first part of our two-part series, we ask our Associate Editors – who work in or in the interface between research, practice and policy – to tell us a little about themselves and what need the … Continue reading Ecological Solutions and Evidence: perspectives from research, practice and policy (part 1)
Focusing on invasive species management, Carles Carboneras comments on the recent Policy Direction, A prioritised list of invasive alien species to assist the effective implementation of EU legislation, published in Journal of Applied Ecology and recently featured by BBC News. Alien organisms can cause significant disruption when introduced into a new environment and, for that reason, effective policies on invasive species aim at preventing their … Continue reading A prioritised list of invasive alien species of EU concern
At the recent joint BES and CCI Symposium ‘Making a Difference in Conservation: Improving the Links Between Ecological Research, Policy and Practice’ Journal of Applied Ecology Executive Editor, Marc Cadotte, and Associate Editor and Policy Direction author, Sarah Durant coordinated a workshop on maximising the policy impact of scientific research. In recent years there has been an evolution of the types of papers journals publish … Continue reading Maximising the policy impact of your scientific research
This post, written by Journal of Applied Ecology Executive Editor, Marc Cadotte, has been reblogged, with permission, from The EEB & Flow. Ecology is a science that tries to understand the world. How is the diversity of organisms distributed around the world? How do extreme climate events influence populations of animals and plants? How does the diversity of organisms in a landscape influence its function … Continue reading Who should communicate the policy implications of ecological research?
In this post, Rhys Green describes a Practitioner’s Perspective article about a practical demonstration of how science can be more effective in informing policy: “On Formally Integrating Science and Policy: Walking the Walk” by Jim Nichols and colleagues. In the rare instances where applied ecology informs conservation and wildlife management at all, it usually happens by two steps that are only tenuously connected. Typically, scientists … Continue reading Learning from doing – by design