On interactions and translocations

In the last couple of years you might have heard a lot about “assisted migration”, “reintroduction” and most recently “rewilding” of species. All these terms describe the process of humans moving animals or plants from one place to another to save them from going extinct. For some charismatic species, such as bisons in Montana, wolves in … More On interactions and translocations

Controlling exotic species on islands without those undesired side-effects

Islands – not just the subject of a Weezer song*, but also habitat to many highly restricted species. Species we as ecologists like to call “endemic”. Everyone has heard about endemic species such as the dodo (Fig.1), which was only found on Mauritius, lemurs restricted to Madagascar, or the kakapo from New Zealand. When such pristine ecosystems like … More Controlling exotic species on islands without those undesired side-effects

Saving the creepy-crawlies – a workshop on invertebrate conservation

I just returned from a week in sunny and beautiful Perth on the west coast of Australia, where I co-organised of a workshop on invertebrate conservation with Melinda Moir and Peter Vesk. We invited a diverse group of researchers, policy makers and conservation practitioners to tackle various question over the course of the three-day workshop. “Invertebrate conservation, … More Saving the creepy-crawlies – a workshop on invertebrate conservation