How to decide whether to move species threatened by climate change

Rout, Tracy M., McDonald-Madden, Eve, Martin, Tara G., Mitchell, Nicola J., Possingham, Hugh P. and Armstrong, Doug P. (2013) How to decide whether to move species threatened by climate change. PloS One, 8 10: e75814.1-e75814.7. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0075814


Author Rout, Tracy M.
McDonald-Madden, Eve
Martin, Tara G.
Mitchell, Nicola J.
Possingham, Hugh P.
Armstrong, Doug P.
Title How to decide whether to move species threatened by climate change
Journal name PloS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2013-10-16
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0075814
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 8
Issue 10
Start page e75814.1
End page e75814.7
Total pages 7
Editor Zoe G. Davies
Place of publication San Francisco, CA, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Language eng
Subject 1100 Agricultural and Biological Sciences
1300 Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
2700 Medicine
Abstract Introducing species to areas outside their historical range to secure their future under climate change is a controversial strategy for preventing extinction. While the debate over the wisdom of this strategy continues, such introductions are already taking place. Previous frameworks for analysing the decision to introduce have lacked a quantifiable management objective and mathematically rigorous problem formulation. Here we develop the first rigorous quantitative framework for deciding whether or not a particular introduction should go ahead, which species to prioritize for introduction, and where and how to introduce them. It can also be used to compare introduction with alternative management actions, and to prioritise questions for future research. We apply the framework to a case study of tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) in New Zealand. While simple and accessible, this framework can accommodate uncertainty in predictions and values. It provides essential support for the existing IUCN guidelines by presenting a quantitative process for better decision-making about conservation introductions.
Formatted abstract
Introducing species to areas outside their historical range to secure their future under climate change is a controversial strategy for preventing extinction. While the debate over the wisdom of this strategy continues, such introductions are already taking place. Previous frameworks for analysing the decision to introduce have lacked a quantifiable management objective and mathematically rigorous problem formulation. Here we develop the first rigorous quantitative framework for deciding whether or not a particular introduction should go ahead, which species to prioritize for introduction, and where and how to introduce them. It can also be used to compare introduction with alternative management actions, and to prioritise questions for future research. We apply the framework to a case study of tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) in New Zealand. While simple and accessible, this framework can accommodate uncertainty in predictions and values. It provides essential support for the existing IUCN guidelines by presenting a quantitative process for better decision-making about conservation introductions.
Keyword Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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