Reframing conservation physiology to be more inclusive, integrative, relevant and forward-looking: reflections and a horizon scan

Cooke, Steven J., Madliger, Christine L., Cramp, Rebecca L., Beardall, John, Burness, Gary, Chown, Steven L., Clark, Timothy D., Dantzer, Ben, de la Barrera, Erick, Fangue, Nann A., Franklin, Craig E., Fuller, Andrea, Hawkes, Lucy A., Hultine, Kevin R., Hunt, Kathleen E., Love, Oliver P., MacMillan, Heath A., Mandelman, John W., Mark, Felix C., Martin, Lynn B., Newman, Amy E.M., Nicotra, Adrienne B., Robinson, Sharon A., Ropert-Coudert, Yan, Rummer, Jodie L., Seebacher, Frank, and Todgham, Anne E. (2020) Reframing conservation physiology to be more inclusive, integrative, relevant and forward-looking: reflections and a horizon scan. Conservation Physiology, 8 (1). coaa016.

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Applying physiological tools, knowledge and concepts to understand conservation problems (i.e. conservation physiology) has become common place and confers an ability to understand mechanistic processes, develop predictive models and identify cause-and-effect relationships. Conservation physiology is making contributions to conservation solutions; the number of 'success stories' is growing, but there remain unexplored opportunities for which conservation physiology shows immense promise and has the potential to contribute to major advances in protecting and restoring biodiversity. Here, we consider howconservation physiology has evolved with a focus on reframing the discipline to be more inclusive and integrative. Using a 'horizon scan', we further exploreways in which conservation physiology can be more relevant to pressing conservation issues of today (e.g. addressing the Sustainable Development Goals; delivering science to support the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration), as well as more forward-looking to inform emerging issues and policies for tomorrow. Our horizon scan provides evidence that, as the discipline of conservation physiology continues to mature, it provides a wealth of opportunities to promote integration, inclusivity and forward-thinking goals that contribute to achieving conservation gains. To advance environmenta lmanagement and ecosystem restoration, we need to ensure that the underlying science (such as that generated by conservation physiology) is relevant with accompanying messaging that is straightforward and accessible to end users.

Item ID: 63090
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2051-1434
Keywords: conservation physiology, horizon scan, evidence, Sustainable Development Goals
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press and the Society for Experimental Biology. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cite
Date Deposited: 13 May 2020 07:39
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 100%
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