Biodiversity and ecosystems


Biological Conservation, Volume 246, June 2020, 108571

This article addresses goals 13, 14 and 15 by discussing how COVID-19 is impacting biodiversity, the research needed by conservation biologists, and their ability to protect ecosystems.

Biological Conservation, Volume 246, June 2020, 108524

This journal article addresses goals 13, 14 and 15 by discussing how IPBES and WWF publish global indicators of biodiversity which can be seen as scientifically highly questionable, generate simplistic and often misleading headlines in the media, and get in the way of proper science reporting.
Advancing SDG 15, this article explores the endophytic bacteria isolated from Genista cinerea nodules growing in North African drylands.

Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 40, 2020, Pages 24-30, ISSN 2214-5745

Ecosystem services, the benefits nature provides to people, underpin all dimensions of human wellbeing. It is therefore crucial to integrate them into strategies for achieving SDGs, in particular those related to agriculture and health (SDGs 1, 2, 3).
Advancing SDG 15, this article evaluates the effect of natural and anthropogenic sites of Hyrcanian region on soil functions following 32 years of land cover changes.

World Environment Day is the most renowned day for environmental action. Since 1974, it has been celebrated every year on June 5th, engaging governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue. In 2020, the theme is biodiversity, a concern that is both urgent and existential. Recent events, from bushfires in Brazil, the United States and Australia, to locust infestations across East Africa – and now, a global disease pandemic – demonstrate the interdependence of humans and the webs of life in which they exist.

This journal article addresses goals 14 and 15 by discussing how the terrestrial world is experiencing high rates of land conversion despite growth of the global protected area network.
Although more attention on the roles of trees in climate mitigation is a good thing, history and science caution that the impacts of tree-related interventions depend on a host of social, political, and ecological factors. These factors are raising concerns that some of the new private-sector support for trees could be misdirected to activities that are suboptimal or even counterproductive to stated goals.


One Earth, Volume 2, Issue 5, 2020, Pages 387-389

Here we ask researchers about the potential role of trees in mitigating and adapting to global change, as well as doing so in a way that does not compromise other Sustainable Development Goals.


One Earth, Volume 2, Issue 5, 2020, Pages 398-401

It is clear is that much of the world’s kelp forests have declined, creating broad concerns about the ramifications of this destruction both in terms of additional emissions and in terms of loss of valuable services. Kelp forests are important and vulnerable ecosystems that are changing rapidly, but they exist out of sight for many people and are rarely considered in global strategies to combat biodiversity loss and increase carbon sinks.