WCS 3-Sentence Science
Scientists Create Universal Index for Species Loss
April 28, 2019
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.
Here we present James Watson’s work to develop a more accurate metric to measure species loss:
- Habitat destruction is among the greatest threats facing biodiversity, affecting common and threatened species alike.
- However, metrics for communicating its impacts typically overlook the non-threatened component of assemblages.
- Authors have adapted a widely used measure to provide the first metric describing natural habitat loss for entire assemblages, inclusive of threatened and non-threatened species, which can now be easily described and systematically tracked.
Study and Journal: “A composite measure of habitat loss for entire assemblages of species” from Conservation Biology
WCS Co-Author(s): James Watson, Director or WCS Science and Research Initiative
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