Ecological effectiveness of protected areas

Protected areas are a cornerstone of local, regional, and global strategies for biological conservation. It is thus vital to understand how well they perform both in representing and maintaining biodiversity and ecological and evolutionary processes. We address these issues through a combination of analyses using existing data and novel field studies both in the U.K. and elsewhere.

Key references

Coetzee, B.W.T., Gaston, K.J. & Chown, S.L. 2014. Local scale comparisons of biodiversity as a test for global protected area ecological performance: a meta-analysis. PLoS One 9, e105824

Gaston, K.J., Jackson, S.F., Cantú-Salazar, L. & Cruz-Piñón, G. 2008. The ecological performance of protected areas. Annu. Rev. Ecol. Evol. Syst. 39, 93-113

Mora, C., Andréfouët, S., Costello, M.J., Kranenburg, C., Rollo, A., Veron, J., Gaston, K.J. & Myers, R.A. 2006. Coral reefs and the global network of marine protected areas. Science 312, 1750-1