Journal Information
Vol. 16. Issue 1.
Pages 1-60 (January - March 2018)
Essays and perspectives
Humans as niche constructors: Revisiting the concept of chronic anthropogenic disturbances in ecology
Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque, Paulo Henrique Santos Gonçalves, Washington Soares Ferreira Júnior, Leonardo Silva Chaves, Regina Célia da Silva Oliveira, Temóteo Luiz Lima da Silva, Gilney Charll dos Santos, Elcida de Lima Araújo
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2018;16:1-11

  • Ecology has witnessed a strong conceptual shift.

  • Its not realistic to predict the future of ecosystems ignoring human being.

  • Ecologists have sought to understand the consequences of more subtle human actions.

  • The Niche Construction Theory can help to understand human influences on environment.

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The benefits of evolution education for natural resources managers
Israel D. Parker, Aaron N. Facka, Therese A. Catanach, Eddie K. Lyons
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2018;16:12-6

  • Evolution education is critical for current and future natural resources managers.

  • Evolutionary theory allows consideration of actions and consequences.

  • Natural resources management is practically and legally complex.

  • Undergraduate and post-graduate evolutionary theory education is recommended.

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Research letters
Protecting biodiversity in urbanizing regions: The role of urban reserves for the conservation of Brazilian Atlantic Forest birds
Thayz R. Enedino, Alan Loures-Ribeiro, Bráulio A. Santos
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2018;16:17-23

  • The Brazilian Atlantic Forest and other biodiversity hotspots are rapidly urbanizing.

  • The role of urban protected areas in safeguarding bird diversity is little known.

  • Larger protected areas retain larger proportion of the regional bird species richness.

  • Small areas, however, are also crucial to maintain the regional diversity.

  • Legal-based birdwatching may help to protect birds in urbanizing regions.

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The South Brazilian grasslands – A South American tallgrass prairie? Parallels and implications of fire dependency
G.E. Overbeck, J.D. Scasta, F.F. Furquim, I.I. Boldrini, J.R. Weir
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2018;16:24-30

  • South Brazilian and North American tallgrass grasslands show botanical similarity.

  • Fire appears to have a similar ecological role in both regions.

  • Fire as ecological process and conservation tool is undervalued in Brazil.

  • Brazilian grassland conservation might benefit from North American experiences.

  • Comparative ecological studies will improve our understanding of grassland ecology.

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As far as the eye can see: Scenic view of Cerrado National Parks
Ariane de Almeida Rodrigues, Mercedes Maria da Cunha Bustamante, Edson Eyji Sano
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2018;16:31-7

  • We looked into eight Cerrado National Parks and their surroundings.

  • Objective landscape biophysical attributes revealed different tourism potentials.

  • Rugged terrain offer more opportunities to explore long panoramic views.

  • Areas with flat relief are more suited for water recreational activities.

  • The study contributes to reduce the gap on cultural ES research in South America.

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Assessing the risk of invasion of species in the pet trade in Brazil
Clarissa Alves da Rosa, Rafael Zenni, Sílvia R. Ziller, Nelson de Almeida Curi, Marcelo Passamani
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2018;16:38-42

  • Six mammal pet species were assessed, all resulting in very high risk of invasion.

  • Rodents resulted the highest risk level among our analyses.

  • Reproductive traits account for the major part of the high risk of evaluated species.

  • Food group and ecological interactions were the main traits increasing risk scores of carnivores.

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Policy forums
Uneven conservation efforts compromise Brazil to meet the Target 11 of Convention on Biological Diversity
André A. Pacheco, Ana Carolina O. Neves, G. Wilson Fernandes
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2018;16:43-8

  • Aichis Target 11 has not been adequately met.

  • Quality of the management of Conservation Units was poor for all indicators.

  • The only biome properly covered by Conservation Units in Brazil is the Amazon.

  • Areas of Environmental Protection offer poor protection and predominate in the system.

  • The funds for management should be at least 3.4 times bigger than current budget.

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The Native Vegetation Protection Law of Brazil and the challenge for first-order stream conservation
Ricardo H. Taniwaki, Yuri A. Forte, Gabriela O. Silva, Pedro H.S. Brancalion, Caroline V. Cogueto, Solange Filoso, Silvio F.B. Ferraz
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2018;16:49-53

  • First-order streams represent 58% of the total length of water bodies in the state of São Paulo.

  • Most first-order streams are intermittent and then, more vulnerable to land-use and climate change.

  • The Environmental Rural Registry (CAR in Portuguese) is not efficient to detect first order streams.

  • A large proportion of first-order streams are impacted by small dams.

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Can you hear the noise? Environmental licensing of seismic surveys in Brazil faces uncertain future after 18 years protecting biodiversity
Cristiano Vilardo, André Favaretto Barbosa
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2018;16:54-9

  • Marine Seismic Surveys are a major threat to marine biodiversity worldwide.

  • In Brazil, regulation through environmental licensing has 18 years of practice.

  • Brazilian mitigation guidelines are recognized among world's most advanced.

  • Environmental licensing has commissioned important marine research in Brazil.

  • Ongoing institutional reforms jeopardize environmental control of MSS in Brazil.

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