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The complementarity of single-species and ecosystem-oriented research in conservation research

Fischer, Joern; Felton, Adam; Montague-Drake, Rebecca; Manning, Adrian; Simberloff, Dan; Youngentob, Kara Nicole; Saunders, Debra; Wilson, David; Felton, Annika M; Blackmore, Caroline; Lowe, Arianne; Bond, Suzanne; Munro, Nicola; Elliott, Carole; Lindenmayer, David B

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There has been much debate about the relative merits of single-species vs ecosystem-oriented research for conservation. This debate has become increasingly important in recent times as resource managers and policy makers in some jurisdictions focus on ecosystem-level problems. We highlight the potential strengths and limitations of both kinds of research, discuss their complementarity and highlight problems that may arise where competition occurs between the two kinds of research. While a...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorFischer, Joern
dc.contributor.authorFelton, Adam
dc.contributor.authorMontague-Drake, Rebecca
dc.contributor.authorManning, Adrian
dc.contributor.authorSimberloff, Dan
dc.contributor.authorYoungentob, Kara Nicole
dc.contributor.authorSaunders, Debra
dc.contributor.authorWilson, David
dc.contributor.authorFelton, Annika M
dc.contributor.authorBlackmore, Caroline
dc.contributor.authorLowe, Arianne
dc.contributor.authorBond, Suzanne
dc.contributor.authorMunro, Nicola
dc.contributor.authorElliott, Carole
dc.contributor.authorLindenmayer, David B
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:46:10Z
dc.identifier.issn0030-1299
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/25658
dc.description.abstractThere has been much debate about the relative merits of single-species vs ecosystem-oriented research for conservation. This debate has become increasingly important in recent times as resource managers and policy makers in some jurisdictions focus on ecosystem-level problems. We highlight the potential strengths and limitations of both kinds of research, discuss their complementarity and highlight problems that may arise where competition occurs between the two kinds of research. While a combination of approaches is ideal, a scarcity of funding, time, and expertise means it is impossible to study and manage each species, ecological process, or ecological pattern separately. Making decisions about priorities for the kinds of research, priorities for the kinds of conservation management, and associated allocation of scarce funds is a non-trivial task. We argue for an approach whereby limited resources for conservation research are targeted at projects most likely to close important knowledge gaps, while also promoting ongoing synergies between single-species and ecosystem-oriented research.
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherMunksgaard International Publishers
dc.sourceOikos
dc.subjectKeywords: competition (ecology); complementarity; conservation management; decision making; ecosystem approach; research; resource allocation; synergism
dc.titleThe complementarity of single-species and ecosystem-oriented research in conservation research
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume116
dc.date.issued2007
local.identifier.absfor050104 - Landscape Ecology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9205081xPUB39
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationLindenmayer, David, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationFischer, Joern, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationFelton, Adam, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMontague-Drake, Rebecca , College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationManning, Adrian, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationSimberloff, Dan, University of Tennessee
local.contributor.affiliationYoungentob, Kara Nicole, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationSaunders, Debra, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationWilson, David, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationFelton, Annika M, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBlackmore, Caroline, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationLowe, Arianne, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBond, Suzanne, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMunro, Nicola, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationElliott, Carole, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1220
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage1226
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.2007.0030-1299.15683.x
dc.date.updated2015-12-07T11:38:36Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-34250764798
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