Is reintroduction biology an effective applied science?

Gemma Taylor, Stefano Canessa, Rohan H. Clarke, Dean Ingwersen, Doug P. Armstrong, Philip J. Seddon, John G. Ewen

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Reintroduction biology is a field of scientific research that aims to inform translocations of endangered species. We review two decades of published literature to evaluate whether reintroduction science is evolving in its decision support role, as called for by advocates of evidence-based conservation.
Reintroduction research increasingly addresses a priori hypotheses, but remains largely focused on short-term population establishment. Similarly, studies that directly assist decisions by explicitly comparing alternative management actions remain a minority. A small set of case studies demonstrate full integration of research in the reintroduction decision process. We encourage the use of tools that embed research in decision-making, particularly the explicit consideration of multiple management alternatives because this is the crux of any management decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)873-880
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017

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