After just over two years running this blog, I’ve now built up a pretty good audience of conservation-interested people. The blog now has a monthly view rate of over 12,000 and >80 e-mail subscribers, so the material is being viewed far and wide. I want to thank all of you for your interest and comments.
It seems appropriate then to put out a general call for ConservationBytes.com contributions. I’ve had several guest posts now from students (Fishing for conservation, Make your conservation PhD relevant), postdocs (Coming to grips with the buffalo problem) and colleagues (Interview with a social [conservation] scientist, Put the bite back into biodiversity conservation), but these have come to me fairly haphazardly. I’d therefore like to invite short articles from the CB readership to expand the topics covered and provide a more interactive conservation discussion.
So, if you feel you’re up to the task, please feel free to send me a little proposal of what you’d like to cover. Just a few pointers:
- Remember that ConservationBytes.com is about conservation research that has already made (or has the potential to make) real biodiversity conservation advances. This could be a mini-review of new papers, a discussion of a current research topic, or a new method or some broader issue covering the conservation research-policy interface.
- Articles should be between 800 and 1500 words in length. Any more or less is a little inappropriate for a quick-digest blog post.
- Please provide a critique or overview of the topic you are covering. A simple regurgitation of someone else’s opinion is unacceptable.
- Please avoid nasty or insulting presentations. I won’t accept them.
- A few good images (preferably your own) should accompany your article.
If you’re game and you have something important to say, ConservationBytes.com could be your (unofficial) discussion medium. Who knows? Maybe your article could lead to something more substantive like a policy brief or even a full scientific paper. Thanks in advance for your future contributions.