I decided that it would be worthwhile to cover some of the ‘big’ conservation papers of 2013 as ranked by F1000 Prime. For copyright reasons, I can’t divulge the entire synopsis of each paper, but I can give you a brief run-down of the papers that caught the eye of fellow F1000 faculty members and me. If you don’t subscribe to F1000, then you’ll have to settle with my briefest of abstracts.
In no particular order then, here are some of the conservation papers that made a splash (positively, negatively or controversially) in 2013:
- Recovery of an isolated coral reef system following severe disturbance – “As the world watches with dismay at the loss of shallow water corals, this article provides stunning proof that recovery of coral reefs can be surprisingly fast and complete…”
- Higher levels of multiple ecosystem services are found in forests with more tree species -“This is the first dedicated, large (country) scale analysis of the relationship between tree diversity and the provision of multiple ecosystem services by forests…” (covered previously on CB.com)
- Global meta-analysis reveals no net change in local-scale plant biodiversity over time – As a result [of the species-area relationship], there’s not necessarily a direct link between the global extinction of a species and the numbers of species observed in a smaller sampling area…”