Virtual Issue: Endangered Species

To celebrate Endangered Species Day 2016 the BES journals have compiled this virtual issue on the topic. The papers below are drawn from the journals and provide examples of the latest research on endangered species. They cover a broad range of plants, animals and insects as well as terrestrial and aquatic systems. We hope that this selection of papers will be of interest to researchers and stakeholders in this important and fascinating field.

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May 2016


Beyond species loss: the extinction of ecological interactions in a changing world
Alfonso Valiente-Banuet, Marcelo A. Aizen, Julio M. Alcántara, Juan Arroyo, Andrea Cocucci, Mauro Galetti, María B. García, Daniel García, José M. Gómez, Pedro Jordano, Rodrigo Medel, Luis Navarro, José R. Obeso, Ramona Oviedo, Nelson Ramírez, Pedro J. Rey, Anna Traveset, Miguel Verdú and Regino Zamora

Heavily hunted wolves have higher stress and reproductive steroids than wolves with lower hunting pressure
Heather M. Bryan, Judit E. G. Smits, Lee Koren, Paul C. Paquet, Katherine E. Wynne-Edwards and Marco Musiani

Adjustment of diving behaviour with prey encounters and body condition in a deep diving predator: the Southern Elephant Seal
Joffrey Jouma'a, Yves Le Bras, Gaëtan Richard, Jade Vacquié-Garcia, Baptiste Picard, Nory El Ksabi and Christophe Guinet

Energy expenditure of adult green turtles at their foraging grounds and during simulated oceanic migration
Manfred R. Enstipp, Katia Ballorain, Stéphane Ciccione, Tomoko Narazaki, Katsufumi Sato and Jean-Yves Georges

Prey density and distribution drive the three-dimensional foraging strategies of the largest filter feeder
Jeremy A. Goldbogen, Elliott L. Hazen, Ari S. Friedlaender, John Calambokidis, Stacy L. DeRuiter, Alison K. Stimpert and Brandon L. Southall

Obligate herbivory in an ancestrally carnivorous lineage: the giant panda and bamboo from the perspective of nutritional geometry
Yonggang Nie, Zejun Zhang, David Raubenheimer, James J. Elser, Wei Wei and Fuwen Wei

Predicting climate warming effects on green turtle hatchling viability and dispersal performance
Catherine Cavallo, Tim Dempster, Michael R. Kearney, Ella Kelly, David Booth, Kate M. Hadden and Tim S. Jessop

Methods in Ecology and Evolution - Journal of Ecology - Functional Ecology - Journal of Animal Ecology - Journal of Applied Ecology - Ecology and Evolution 

Biological Flora of the British Isles: Fraxinus excelsior
Peter A. Thomas

Density-dependent seedling mortality varies with light availability and species abundance in wet and dry Hawaiian forests
Faith Inman-Narahari, Rebecca Ostertag, Stephen P. Hubbell, Christian P. Giardina, Susan Cordell and Lawren Sack

Ecological legacies of civil war: 35-year increase in savanna tree cover following wholesale large-mammal declines
Joshua H. Daskin, Marc Stalmans and Robert M. Pringle

The compadre Plant Matrix Database: an open online repository for plant demography
Roberto Salguero-Gómez, Owen R. Jones, C. Ruth Archer, Yvonne M. Buckley, Judy Che-Castaldo, Hal Caswell, David Hodgson, Alexander Scheuerlein, Dalia A. Conde, Erik Brinks, Hendrik de Buhr, Claudia Farack, Fränce Gottschalk, Alexander Hartmann, Anne Henning, Gabriel Hoppe, Gesa Römer, Jens Runge, Tara Ruoff,
Julia Wille, Stefan Zeh, Raziel Davison, Dirk Vieregg, Annette Baudisch, Res Altwegg, Fernando Colchero, Ming Dong, Hans de Kroon, Jean-Dominique Lebreton, Charlotte J. E. Metcalf, Maile M. Neel, Ingrid M. Parker, Takenori Takada, Teresa Valverde, Luis A. Vélez-Espino, Glenda M. Wardle, Miguel Franco and James W. Vaupel

Waiting for Gajah: an elephant mutualist's contingency plan for an endangered megafaunal disperser
Nitin Sekar and Raman Sukumar

Critical importance of large native trees for conservation of a rare Neotropical epiphyte
Tyler R. Kartzinel, Dorset W. Trapnell and Richard P. Shefferson

When do we need more data? A primer on calculating the value of information for applied ecologists
Stefano Canessa, Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita, José J. Lahoz-Monfort, Darren M. Southwell, Doug P. Armstrong, Iadine Chadès, Robert C. Lacy and Sarah J. Converse 

An assessment of the effects of habitat structure on the scat finding performance of a wildlife detection
Kellie A. Leigh and Martin Dominick

A quantitative framework for investigating risk of deadly collisions between marine wildlife and boats
Julien Martin, Quentin Sabatier, Timothy A. Gowan, Christophe Giraud, Eliezer Gurarie, Charles Scott Calleson, Joel G. Ortega-Ortiz, Charles J. Deutsch, Athena Rycyk and Stacie M. Koslovsky

Overcoming limitations of modelling rare species by using ensembles of small models
Frank T. Breiner, Antoine Guisan, Ariel Bergamini and Michael P. Nobis 

Dynamic seascapes predict the marine occurrence of an endangered species: Atlantic Sturgeon Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus
Matthew W. Breece, Dewayne A. Fox, Keith J. Dunton, Mike G. Frisk, Adrian Jordaan and Matthew J. Oliver

Ecological transcriptomics – a non-lethal sampling approach for endangered fire salamanders
Till Czypionka, Tamar Krugman, Janine Altmüller, Leon Blaustein, Sebastian Steinfartz, Alan R. Templeton and Arne W. Nolte

Markov switching autoregressive models for interpreting vertical movement data with application to an endangered marine apex predator
Cecilia Pinto and Luigi Spezia


Evidence of the phenotypic expression of a lethal recessive allele under inbreeding in a wild population of conservation concern
Amanda E. Trask, Eric M. Bignal, Davy I. McCracken, Pat Monaghan, Stuart B. Piertney and Jane M. Reid

Exploiting the richest patch has a fitness pay-off for the migratory swift parrot
Dejan Stojanovic, Aleks Terauds, Martin J. Westgate, Matthew H. Webb, David A. Roshier and Robert Heinsohn

Detailed monitoring of a small but recovering population reveals sublethal effects of disease and unexpected interactions with supplemental feeding
Simon Tollington, Andrew Greenwood, Carl G. Jones, Paquita Hoeck, Aurélie Chowrimootoo, Donal Smith, Heather Richards, Vikash Tatayah and Jim J. Groombridge

Hidden semi-Markov models reveal multiphasic movement of the endangered Florida panther
Madelon van de Kerk, David P. Onorato, Marc A. Criffield, Benjamin M. Bolker, Ben C. Augustine, Scott A. McKinley and Madan K. Oli

Linking habitat selection and predation risk to spatial variation in survival
Nicholas J. DeCesare, Mark Hebblewhite, Mark Bradley, David Hervieux, Lalenia Neufeld and Marco Musiani

Spatial variation buffers temporal fluctuations in early juvenile survival for an endangered Pacific salmon
James T. Thorson, Mark D. Scheuerell, Eric R. Buhle and Timothy Copeland

Scientists’ responsibilities towards evidence-based conservation in a Small Island Developing State
Christopher N. Kaiser-Bunbury, Frauke Fleischer-Dogley, Didier Dogley and Nancy Bunbury

Using ecological theory to develop recovery criteria for an endangered butterfly
Cheryl B. Schultz and Elizabeth E. Crone

A basin-scale application of environmental DNA assessment for rare endemic species and closely related exotic species in rivers: a case study of giant salamanders in Japan
Sou Fukumoto, Atushi Ushimaru and Toshifumi Minamoto

Historical data to plan the recovery of the European eel
Miguel Clavero and Virgilio Hermoso

Ark or park: the need to predict relative effectiveness of ex situ and in situ conservation before attempting captive breeding
Paul M. Dolman, Nigel J. Collar, Keith M. Scotland and Robert. J. Burnside

Using spatial analyses of bearded vulture movements in southern Africa to inform wind turbine placement
Tim Reid, Sonja Krüger, D. Philip Whitfield and Arjun Amar

Endangered Florida panther population size determined from public reports of motor vehicle collision mortalities
Brett T. McClintock, Dave P. Onorato and Julien Martin

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