Reintroduction of Beavers “Transforming Local Landscapes & Water Flows, Cutting Down on Flooding & Creating Habitats”

4th January 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on The Globe and Mail.  “The humble beaver has been part of the Canadian landscape for centuries and the quest for beaver pelts shaped the nation’s history. But now these industrious rodents are making a comeback in Britain where their engineering prowess is being used to help stop flooding and… [more]

Green Infrastructure & Ecosystem Services – Is the Devil in the Detail?

18th December 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in Annals of Botany. “Background Green infrastructure is a strategic network of green spaces designed to deliver ecosystem services to human communities. Green infrastructure is a convenient concept for urban policy makers, but the term is used too generically and with limited understanding of the relative values or benefits of different types… [more]

Land Use Type, Forest Cover & Forest Edges Modulate Avian Cross-Habitat Spillover

5th December 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Journal of Applied Ecology.  “Abstract: Natural habitats adjacent to agricultural areas are often considered sources of species that provide beneficial regulating ecosystem services through cross-habitat spillover. Both inter-habitat matrix and landscape configuration can influence spillover by controlling organismal ability to disperse through landscapes, and affecting the provision of additional… [more]

Stakeholders’ Perspectives on the Operationalisation of the Ecosystem Service Concept: Results from 27 Case Studies

25th October 2017
Published under: Case Studies

This paper was originally published in Ecosystem Services. Highlights Questionnaire results from 246 stakeholders across 27 ES case studies are presented. Communication, participation and collaboration amongst stakeholders is highlighted. Potential of the ES concept to support planning at various scales is acknowledged. Scientific credibility and new knowledge created are important concept advantages. Resources required (time,… [more]

Wetlands Could Save Cities – & Money, Too – Scientific American

20th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Scientific American.  “Using insurance industry models, researchers determined that wetlands prevented some $625 million in damages due to Hurricane Sandy. Christopher Intagliata reports. As Houston begins recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey, a new storm threat—Hurricane Irma—is barreling west towards the Caribbean and Florida. We have few defenses against hurricanes’ lashing… [more]

Interaction Effects Between Local Flower Richness & Distance to Natural Woodland on Pest & Beneficial Insects in Apple Orchards

13th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Agricultural and Forest Entomology.  “Abstract: Local and landscape factors interact to influence animal populations and, ultimately, crop yields in agroecosystems. Yet few studies have considered interactions and trade-offs between these factors within a single agroecosystem. We sampled insect communities (fruit-damaging pests and Diptera and Hymenoptera pollinator and natural enemy… [more]