What we’re reading- July 18, 2014

Population Size During Reintroductions
The size of a population introduced into a new area has been hypothesized to be one of the key factors in successful reintroductions. The authors of this paper (OA) test the success of reintroduced plants and salamanders of either small or large reintroduced populations in multiple habitats varying in quality. Their results are complex and they discuss the interplay between reintroduced population size, life stage during reintroduction, and habitat quality.

Cameras in the Canopy
Many camera trap studies are placed on the ground, missing species that live in trees and rarely walk over the forest floor. Enjoy some pretty pictures of arboreal mammals and a few birds from this Peruvian camera trap study (subscription).

Information Campaigns: Ebola
Article in the Washington Post about the CDC’s informational campaign efforts to dispel mis-information about Ebola in regions where the disease is spreading. The article notes use of anthropologists working to understand the cultural resistance to the information. We see similar information campaigns in conservation related to shark fin soup, rhino horn, and elephant ivory purchases. I’m wondering what successful information campaigns in health and conservation could learn from each other.

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