Species Richness

Agroforestry Bolsters Biodiversity & Villages in Sri Lanka

30th March 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Mongabay.  Highlights: Residents of the rural Sri Lankan village of Pitekele relied on the nearby rainforest as a source of food, fuel, fiber and medicine for millennia until it was made into a park. The forest’s new conservation status and strict rules for accessing traditional products caused traditional “home… [more]

Mammal Diversity May Increase Carbon Storage in Rainforests

6th December 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Mongabay.  Having a diverse mix of mammals may play a more pivotal role than expected in the carbon cycle of tropical forests, by feeding microbes that lock the carbon from food scraps in the soil. Hundreds of indigenous research technicians collected data for this study across an area roughly… [more]

Both Rare & Common Species Support Ecosystem Services in Scavenger Communities

21st November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Global Ecology and Biogeography.  “Aim: Recent works on biodiversity–ecosystem functioning (BEF) relationships highlight abundance fluctuations of common species as more important for delivering ecosystem services than changes in species richness and composition in real-world ecosystems. However, evidence on BEF relationships in natural ecosystems is still limited, especially for large vertebrates. Here,… [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]

Impacts of 120 Years of Fertilizer Addition on a Temperate Grassland Ecosystem

22nd May 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on PLOS ONE.  “Abstract: The widespread application of fertilizers has greatly influenced many processes and properties of agroecosystems, and agricultural fertilization is expected to increase even further in the future. To date, most research on fertilizer impacts has used short-term studies, which may be unrepresentative of long-term responses, thus hindering our… [more]