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Conservation of forest cover in Mesoamerican biosphere reserves is associated with the increase of local non-farm occupation
Daniel Martín Auliz-Ortiz, Víctor Arroyo-Rodríguez, Eduardo Mendoza, Miguel Martínez-Ramos

  • Protected areas do not reduce the fragmentation rate.

  • Protected areas do not promote forest regrowth.

  • High concentration of rural settlements promote forest loss.

  • Reserves in contexts with greater non-farm occupation endure lower forest loss.

  • Local non-farm economic activities may help to conserve forest cover in protected areas.

Open access
Available online 20 May 2022
Female ecologists are falling from the academic ladder: A call for action
Eugenia Zandonà

  • Science needs diversity to be more innovative and creative but women are still greatly underrepresented in many fields.

  • Brazilian female ecologists get half the amount of grant funding and higher scholarship rejections compared to men.

  • In Brazil, Ecology Post-Graduate programs show a strong decrease in women presence at the highest academic levels.

  • Lower access to project funding, maternity, implicit bias, harassment, no role models can lead to women leaving academia.

  • Involving more women and more people from underrepresented groups will lead to better science and conservation practices.

Open access
Available online 20 May 2022
Fire and flood: How the Pantanal ant communities respond to multiple disturbances?
Filipe V. de Arruda, Fabrício B. Teresa, Viviane M.G. Layme, Ricardo E. Vicente, Flávio Camarota, Thiago J. Izzo

  • Fires affect the ant communities in the Brazilian Pantanal wetland.

  • Flooding, at a local scale, does not interact with fire to determine ant community structure.

  • Ant communities were resilient, and the observed effect of fire on their structure decreased after one year and was not noticed after four years.

  • Ant community recovery takes years, and there is a need for long intervals between fires to maintain the original ant community structure.

  • The observed increase in fire frequency can be detrimental to the ant community structure recovery, threatening the conservation of ants.

Open access
Available online 20 May 2022
Long-term persistence of the large mammal lowland tapir is at risk in the largest Atlantic forest corridor
Bruno H. Saranholi, Alexandra Sanches, José F. Moreira-Ramírez, Carolina da Silva Carvalho, Mauro Galetti, Pedro M. Galetti Jr

  • Two genetic populations (inland and coastal) were found, reflecting the two major forested blocks.

  • Population genetic structure was better explained by elevation.

  • Low effective population size was found in both genetic populations.

  • The largest rainforest continuum is not totally permeable to gene flow of large mammals.

  • Lowland tapir conservation efforts should be taken even for populations living in large continuous areas.

Open access
Available online 20 May 2022
Minimum costs to conserve 80% of the Brazilian Amazon
José Maria Cardoso da Silva, Luís Claudio Fernandes Barbosa, Julie Topf, Ima Célia G. Vieira, Fabio R. Scarano

  • Conserving ∼80% of the Brazilian Amazon is still feasible

  • Conservation areas are essential for a new regional development model

  • The cost of establishing.1.3 million km2 of new conservation areas is USD 1.0–1.6 billion

  • The annual cost of 3.5 million km2 of conservation areas is USD 1.7–2.8 billion

  • A new ambitious, decentralized, and agile fund mechanism is required

Open access
Available online 20 May 2022
Phylogenetic clustering of tree communities decreases with stand age and environmental quality along a mineland rehabilitation chronosequence
Arianne Flexa de Castro, Priscila Sanjuan de Medeiros-Sarmento, Cecílio Frois Caldeira, Silvio Junio Ramos, Markus Gastauer

  • Phylogenetic diversity is lower in rehabilitating minelands than at reference sites.

  • Phylogenetic structure switches from clustering to overdispersion with stand age.

  • Phylogenetic overdispersion at older sites indicates the recovery of biological interactions.

  • Phylogenetic measures are associated with the environmental quality of rehabilitating sites.

Open access
Available online 20 May 2022
Strengthening top-down strategies are also required for conservation of the Araucaria Forest
Carlos R. Brocardo, Neucir Szinwelski, José Flávio Cândido-Jr, Larissa I. Squinzani, Victor M. Prasniewski, Marcelo Limont, Rodrigo F. Fadini
Open access
Available online 19 May 2022
Drivers of change in tropical protected areas: Long-term monitoring of a Brazilian biodiversity hotspot
Nubia C.S. Marques, Ricardo B. Machado, Ludmilla M.S. Aguiar, Luciana Mendonça-Galvão, Rosana Tidon, Emerson M. Vieira, Onildo J. Marini-Filho, Mercedes Bustamante

  • Long-term monitoring of different drivers of changes increases the effectiveness of protected areas.

  • Long-term Ecological Research Program helps detecting complex environmental changes.

  • The effects of disturbances on biodiversity and ecosystems were explored over 22 years in the central Cerrado.

  • Even in Protected Areas, changes in surroundings affect biodiversity and ecosystems.

  • Significant ecological changes were detected in responses to long-term stressors.

Open access
Available online 4 May 2022
Network science: Applications for sustainable agroecosystems and food security
Fredric M. Windsor, Dolors Armenteras, Ana Paula A. Assis, Julia Astegiano, Pamela C. Santana, Luciano Cagnolo, Luísa G. Carvalheiro, Clive Emary, Hugo Fort, Xavier I. Gonzalez, James J.N. Kitson, Ana C.F. Lacerda, Marcelo Lois, Viviana Márquez-Velásquez, Kirsten E. Miller, Marcos Monasterolo, Marina Omacini, Kate P. Maia, Tania Paula Palacios, Michael J.O. Pocock, Santiago L. Poggio, Isabela G. Varassin, Diego P. Vázquez, Julia Tavella, Débora C. Rother, Mariano Devoto, Paulo R. Guimarães, Darren M. Evans

  • We reviewed the use of network science in sustainable agriculture.

  • Network science can be used to understand, harness and restore ecological processes in agricultural systems.

  • Social, economic and ecological aspects of agriculture can be incorporated using novel methods.

  • Agricultural systems can be managed using a network-based framework.

Open access
Available online 4 May 2022
Protection status and density-dependent effects mediate the abundance-suitability relationship of a threatened species
Aline Cavalcante de Souza, Marcelo de Moraes Weber, Jayme Augusto Prevedello

  • The abundance-suitability relationship differs between protected and unprotected populations of Euterpe edulis.

  • The magnitude and direction of the relationship is modulated by population density.

  • The abundance-suitability relationship is positive only outside protected areas and in low-density populations.

  • Protection status and density-dependence should be incorporated into abundance-suitability models of threatened species.

Open access
Available online 4 May 2022
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation

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