The spatial distribution of threats to species in Australia

Evans, Megan C., Watson, James E. M., Fuller, Richard A., Venter, Oscar, Bennett, Simon C., Marsack, Peter R. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2011) The spatial distribution of threats to species in Australia. Bioscience, 61 4: 281-289. doi:10.1525/bio.2011.61.4.8

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Author Evans, Megan C.
Watson, James E. M.
Fuller, Richard A.
Venter, Oscar
Bennett, Simon C.
Marsack, Peter R.
Possingham, Hugh P.
Title The spatial distribution of threats to species in Australia
Journal name Bioscience   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0006-3568
Publication date 2011-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1525/bio.2011.61.4.8
Volume 61
Issue 4
Start page 281
End page 289
Total pages 9
Place of publication Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.
Publisher University of California Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Conservation is ultimately about safeguarding biodiversity by arresting and reversing the impacts of threatening processes. Although data on the distributions of species are increasingly well resolved, the spatial distributions of threats to species are poorly understood. We mapped the distributions of eight major threats to Australia's threatened plants, vertebrates, and invertebrates using the geographic ranges of species affected by particular threats as surrogates for their spatial occurrence. Our results indicate that simply quantifying the proportion of species affected by particular threatening processes does not adequately capture the variation in the spatial extent, prevalence, or predominance of threats to species. Conservation planning is an inherently spatial process; therefore, explicitly considering the spatial dimension of threats could significantly enhance our ability to direct efforts to areas where the greatest conservation outcomes can be delivered.
Keyword Endangered species
Threatening processes
Human footprint:
Human impacts
Marine ecosystems
Protected areas
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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