Recent Submissions

  • Opportunities for behavioral rescue under rapid environmental change 

    Fey, S.B.; Vasseur, D.A.; Alujević, K.; Kroeker, K.J.; Logan, M.L.; O'Connor, M.I.; Rudolf, V.H.W.; DeLong, J.P.; Peacor, S.; Selden, R.L.; Sih, A.; Clusella-Trullas, S. (2019)
    Laboratory measurements of physiological and demographic tolerances are important in understanding the impact of climate change on species diversity; however, it has been recognized that forecasts based solely on these ...
  • Identifying research questions for the conservation of the Cape Floristic Region 

    Allsopp, N.; Slingsby, J.A.; Esler, K.J. (2019)
    We conducted a survey among people working in the nature conservation community in an implementation, research or policy capacity to identify research questions that they felt were important for ensuring the conservation ...
  • Factors affecting the success of artificial pack formation in an endangered, social carnivore: the African wild dog 

    Marneweck, C.; Becker, P.A.; Beverley, G.; Davies-Mostert, H.T.; du Plessis, C.; Forssman, K.; Graf, J.; Gusset, M.; Hofmeyr, M.; Kelly, C.; Kilian, P.J.; Marchal, A.F.J.; Marneweck, D.G.; Marnewick, K.; Owen, C.; Postiglione, G.; Slotow, R.; Somers, M.J.; Gunther, M.S.; van Dyk, G.; Whittington-Jones, B.; Parker, D.M. (2019)
    Social integration is an important factor when reintroducing group-living species, but examples of the formation of social groups before reintroduction are largely lacking. African wild dogs Lycaon pictus are endangered, ...
  • The search for novelty continues for rewilding 

    Hayward, M.W.; Jachowski, D.S.; Bugir, C.K.; Clulow, J.; Krishnamurthy, R.; Griffin, A.S.; Chalmers, A.C.; Linnell, J.D.C.; Montgomery, R.A.; Somers, M.J.; Kowalczyk, R.; Heurich, M.; Caravaggi, A.; Marnewick, K.A.; Di Blanco, Y.; Shuttleworth, C.M.; Callen, A.; Weise, F.; Scanlon, R.; Moehrenschlager, A.; Howell, L.G.; Upton, R.M.O. (2019)
  • Bringing objectivity to wildlife management: welfare effects of guardian dogs 

    Allen, B.L.; Allen, L.R.; Ballard, G.; Drouilly, M.; Fleming, P.J.S.; Hampton, J.O.; Hayward, M.W.; Kerley, G.I.H.; Meek, P.D.; Minnie, L.; O'Riain, M.J.; Parker, D.M.; Somers, M.J. (2019)
  • The world needs BRICS countries to build capacity in invasion science 

    Measey, J.; Visser, V.; Dgebuadze, Y.; Inderjit; Li, B.; Dechoum, M.; Ziller, S.R.; Richardson, D.M. (2019)
    Developed countries are producing policies to reduce the flow of invasive species and control or eradicate existing invasions, but most developing countries are under-resourced to tackle either aspect without help. Emerging ...
  • Has strategic planning made a difference to amphibian conservation research in South Africa? 

    Measey, J.; Tarrant, J.; Rebelo, A.; Turner, A.; du Preez, L.; Mokhatla, M.; Conradie, W. (2019)
    Background: Conservation relies on the strategic use of resources because monies for conservation action are limited, especially in developing countries. South Africa’s Frog Atlas project established a baseline for the ...
  • Locomotor performance constrained by morphology and habitat in a diverse clade of African frogs (Anura: Pyxicephalidae) 

    Rebelo, A.D.; Measey, J. (2019)
    Understanding how morphology relates to function and how the two change across species in different environments and regions can provide clues to the drivers of speciation and diversity within a clade. Locomotion is a vital ...
  • Effects of salt stress on the leaf shape and scaling of Pyrus betulifolia bunge 

    Yu, X.J.; Shi, P.J.; Hui, C.; Miao, L.F.; Liu, C.L.; Zhang, Q.Y.; Feng, C.N. (2019)
    Leaf shape can reflect the survival and development of plants in different environments. In particular, leaf area, showing a scaling relationship with other leaf-shape indices, has been used to evaluate the extent of salt ...
  • Strong spatial and temporal turnover of soil bacterial communities in South Africa's hyperdiverse fynbos biome 

    Keet, J.H.; Ellis, A.G.; Hui, C.; Le Roux, J.J. (2019)
    Soil bacteria play an important role in ecosystem functioning and regulate the health and diversity of aboveground plant communities. South Africa's fynbos vegetation, part of a global biodiversity hotspot with a ...
  • Recent anthropogenic plant extinctions differ in biodiversity hotspots and coldspots 

    Le Roux, J.J.; Hui, C.; Castillo, M.L.; Iriondo, J.M.; Keet, J.H.; Khapugin, A.A.; Medail, F.; Rejmanek, M.; Theron, G.; Yannelli, F.A.; Hirsch, H. (2019)
    During the Anthropocene, humans are changing the Earth system in ways that will be detectable for millennia to come [1]. Biologically, these changes include habitat destruction, biotic homogenization, increased species ...
  • Spider checklist for the Blouberg, in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, South Africa 

    Foord, S.; Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S.; Haddad, C.R.; Schoeman, C.; Hahn, N.; Lyle, R. (2019)
    Background: The north-eastern mountainous region of South Africa has been identified as a spider diversity hotspot and centre of endemisim. The Blouberg is an isolated inselberg that forms part of the Soutpansberg geological ...
  • The role of fruit heteromorphism in the naturalization of Asteraceae 

    Fenesi, A.; Sándor, D.; Pyšek, P.; Dawson, W.; Ruprecht, E.; Essl, F.; Kreft, H.; Pergl, J.; Weigelt, P.; Winter, M.; van Kleunen, M. (2019)
    Background and Aims Fruit heteromorphism is considered to be a bet-hedging strategy to cope with spatially or temporally heterogeneous environments. The different behaviours of the fruit morphs of the same species might ...
  • Identifying and categorizing stakeholders for protected area expansion around a national park in Namibia 

    Mannetti, L.M.; Gottert, T.; Zeller, U.; Esler, K.J. (2019)
    Protected areas and adjacent landscapes are increasingly being viewed as integrated. A more general awareness is emerging of the relevance of collectively managed landscapes for conservation and human well-being. In Namibia, ...
  • Low levels of intraspecific trait variation in a keystone invertebrate group 

    Gaudard, C.A.; Robertson, M.P.; Bishop, T.R. (2019)
    The trait-based approach to ecology promises to provide a mechanistic understanding of species distributions and ecosystem functioning. Typically, trait analyses focus on average species trait values and assume that ...
  • Let's train more theoretical ecologists - here is why 

    Rossberg, A.G.; Barabas, G.; Possingham, H.P.; Pascual, M.; Marquet, P.A.; Hui, C.; Evans, M.R.; Meszena, G. (2019)
    A tangled web of vicious circles, driven by cultural issues, has prevented ecology from growing strong theoretical roots. Now this hinders development of effective conservation policies. To overcome these barriers in view ...
  • The diet and trophic ecology of non-native Micropterus salmoides in two South African impoundments 

    Taylor, G.C.; Hill, J.M.; Weyl, O.L.F. (2019)
    Largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides is a highly successful predator that preys on fish and invertebrates. Highly popular with anglers, it is one of the most introduced and invasive fish globally, with strong potential ...
  • A synthesis of three decades of socio-ecological change in False Bay, South Africa: setting the scene for multidisciplinary research and management 

    Pfaff, M.C.; Logston, R.C.; Raemaekers, S.J.P.N.; Hermes, J.C.; Blamey, L.K.; Cawthra, H.C.; Colenbrander, D.R.; Crawford, R.J.M.; Day, E.; du Plessis, N.; Elwen, S.H.; Fawcett, S.E.; Jury, M.R.; Karenyi, N.; Kerwath, S.E.; Kock, A.A.; Krug, M.; Lamberth, S.J.; Omardien, A.; Pitcher, G.C.; Rautenbach, C.; Robinson, T.B.; Rouault, M.; Ryan, P.G.; Shillington, F.A.; Sowman, M.; Sparks, C.C.; Turpie, J.K.; van Niekerk, L.; Waldron, H.N.; Yeld, E.M.; Kirkman, S.P. (2019)
    Over the past three decades, marine resource management has shifted conceptually from top-down sectoral approaches towards the more systems-oriented multi-stakeholder frameworks of integrated coastal management and ...
  • A global review and meta-analysis of applications of the freshwater Fish Invasiveness Screening Kit 

    Vilizzi, L.; Copp, G.H.; Adamovich, B.; Almeida, D.; Chan, J.; Davison, P.I.; Dembski, S.; Ekmekci, F.G.; Ferincz, A.; Forneck, S.C.; Hill, J.E.; Kim, J.E.; Koutsikos, N.; Leuven, R.S.E.W.; Luna, S.A.; Magalhaes, F.; Marr, S.M.; Mendoza, R.; Mourao, C.F.; Neal, J.W.; Onikura, N.; Perdikaris, C.; Piria, M.; Poulet, N.; Puntila, R.; Range, I.L.; Simonovic, P.; Ribeiro, F.; Tarkan, A.S.; Troca, D.F.A.; Vardakas, L.; Verreycken, H.; Vintsek, L.; Weyl, O.L.F.; Yeo, D.C.J.; Zeng, Y.W. (2019)
    The freshwater Fish Invasiveness Screening Kit (FISK) has been applied in 35 risk assessment areas in 45 countries across the six inhabited continents (11 applications using FISK v1; 25 using FISK v2). The present study ...
  • Origin of invasive populations of the Guttural Toad (Sclerophrys gutturalis) on Reunion and Mauritius Islands and in Constantia, South Africa 

    Telford, N.S.; Channing, A.; Measey, J. (2019)
    The Guttural Toad, Sclerophrys gutturalis, has three established invaded regions: on Mauritius and Reunion islands, and in Constantia, a peri-urban area of Cape Town, South Africa. The native range of this toad ...

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