Journal club

Here we discuss a recently published paper relevant to the field of conservation biology. The paper is introduced by a pre-selected BSc, MSc or PhD student (mandatory for getting ECTS). The presentation consists of a short summary (10') followed by an evaluation (5’). There is then a general discussion with the audience. Note that the autumn journal club (1.5 ECTS) takes place throughout the semester, whereas the spring journal club (0.75 ECTS) takes place only during the first half of the semester. Students intending to take part have to register on ILIAS before the start of the journal club. Registration of participating students on KSL should be effected at latest two weeks before the end of the event.

Location: Muesmattstrasse 27, room 116 (1st floor)

Time schedule: Wednesday, 14:15–15:00

Fall semester 2023


20.09.2023 Introduction to the Journal club and distribution of papers

27.09.2023 Célestin Luisier
Duell et al. (2023) Inoculation with native soil improves seedling survival and reduces non‐native reinvasion in a grassland restoration. Restoration Ecology, 31, e13685. (Proposed by Laura) PDF

Riddell et al. (2021) Exposure to climate change drives stability or collapse of desert mammal and bird communities. Science, 371, 633-636. (Proposed by Ian) PDF

Tanentzap & Smith (2018) Unintentional rewilding: lessons for trophic rewilding from other forms of species introductions. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 373, 20170445. (Proposed by Shaquille) PDF

Hall & Chalfoun (2019) Behavioural plasticity modulates temperature‐related constraints on foraging time for a montane mammal. Journal of Animal Ecology, 88, 363-375. (Proposed by Ian) PDF

Cafaro et al. (2022) Overpopulation is a major cause of biodiversity loss and smaller human populations are necessary to preserve what is left. Biological Conservation, 272, 109646. (Proposed by Jean-Yves) PDF
Reply by Hughes et al. PDF
Rejoinder by Authors PDF

Terui et al. (2023) Intentional release of native species undermines ecological stability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 120, e2218044120. (Proposed by Stefano) PDF

Betts et al. (2021) When are hypotheses useful in ecology and evolution? Ecology and Evolution, 11, 5762-5776. (Proposed by Stefano) PDF

Laguardia et al. (2021) Nationwide abundance and distribution of African forest elephants across Gabon using non-invasive SNP genotyping. Global Ecology and Conservation, 32, e01894. (Proposed by Andrin) PDF

Shackleton et al. (2023) Navigating power in conservation. Conservation Science and Practice, 5, e12877. (Proposed by Stefano) PDF

Meier et al. (2022) Disentangling direct and indirect drivers of farmland biodiversity at landscape scale. Ecology Letters, 25, 2422-2434. (Proposed by Jean-Yves) PDF

Adamo et al. (2021) Plant scientists’ research attention is skewed towards colourful, conspicuous and broadly distributed flowers. Nature plants, 7, 574-578. (Proposed by Shaquille) PDF

Zhang et al. (2023) Experimental impacts of grazing on grassland biodiversity and function are explained by aridity. Nature Communications, 14, 5040. (Proposed by Laura) PDF

Kareiva & Marvier (2012) What is conservation science? Bioscience, 62, 962-969. (Proposed by Ian) PDF
Replies by others and rejoinder by Authors PDF