How to map 50,000 km2 of savannah without leaving your office

By Henrike SchulteTobuhne Let’s go on a quick excursion to the West African savannah! Simply open Google Earth or Google maps (make sure you have satellite view enabled), and gradually zoom in on the part of West Africa where Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger meet. You’ll spot a vaguely sine-wave shape of green standing out from…

By sharing camera trap data we can monitor wildlife status globally

By Timothy G. O’Brien, Wildlife Conservation Society, 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx NY 10460 USA Article 29 of the Nagoya Protocol mandates all signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to monitor their implementation of CBD obligations and document progress toward Aichi 2020 targets. Given the multi-dimensional character of biodiversity, a single, comprehensive metric is clearly not…

Call for Content for Special Issue: Patterns, Trends, and Ecological Applications of Phenology

Over the past few decades, phenology has been a focal point of monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem changes under climate change, species invasion, and other environmental stresses. It has long been recognized that the closely coupled relationships exist between phenology of organisms and corresponding meteorological conditions, but the detailed patterns tied to genotypic complexity (in addition to climatic variation) within and among species are still poorly understood.

From Sea to Space: Focusing on Coral Reefs in the Spratly Islands

Greg Asner Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science. A remote region of the South China Sea harbors an archipelago of atolls, reefs and a few islands called the ‘Spratly Islands’.  Zoomed out, the Spratlys seem to float in suspension, like a dim stellar constellation of underwhelming dots, offering little to the casual Google…

Assessing climate and ecosystem function change in South American protected areas during the last three decades

In this post, authors Hernán Dieguez and José M. Paruelo describe their recent paper, published in Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. Protected areas are the cornerstone of in situ global conservation efforts and are intended to both preserve biodiversity and ensure the provision of multiple ecosystem services. Furthermore, protected areas can be used to…