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Aldina M. A. Franco
University of East Anglia
Climate changeHabitatEcologyPopulationBiology
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#1João Gameiro (University of Lisbon)H-Index: 2
#2João P. Silva (Instituto Superior de Agronomia)H-Index: 24
Last. Jorge M. Palmeirim (University of Lisbon)H-Index: 31
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Abstract Assessing progress towards achieving conservation targets is required for all countries committed to the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Natura 2000 network is the largest protected area network in the world and was created to protect Europe's threatened species and habitats, often requiring active management. This study assesses the effectiveness of areas classified under the EU Birds Directive at protecting Western Europe's agro-steppes, the last remnants of suitable habitat f...
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#1Andrea Soriano-Redondo (Instituto Superior de Agronomia)H-Index: 4
#1Andrea Soriano-Redondo (Instituto Superior de Agronomia)H-Index: 1
Last. Inês Catry (UEA: University of East Anglia)H-Index: 14
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#1Claire Buchan (UEA: University of East Anglia)H-Index: 1
#2James J. Gilroy (UEA: University of East Anglia)H-Index: 20
Last. Aldina M. A. Franco (UEA: University of East Anglia)H-Index: 23
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1.Partial migration – wherein migratory and non-migratory individuals exist within the same population – represents a behavioural dimorphism; for it to persist over time, both strategies should yield equal individual fitness. This balance may be maintained through trade-offs where migrants gain survival benefits by avoiding unfavourable conditions, while residents gain breeding benefits from early access to resources. 2.There has been little overarching quantitative analysis of the evidence for ...
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#1João Gameiro (University of Lisbon)H-Index: 2
#2Aldina M. A. Franco (UEA: University of East Anglia)H-Index: 23
Last. Inês Catry (UEA: University of East Anglia)H-Index: 14
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Abstract “Conservation-reliant species” – those fully dependent on continued management actions – are booming and, with limited conservation budgets, securing funds to sustain their long-term viability is becoming overwhelming. This study assesses the degree of dependence on conservation actions of two obligatory cavity-nesters, the Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni and the European Roller Coracias garrulus, whose populations in Europe were recently recovered through artificial nest-site provisionin...
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Human-wildlife conflict (HWC) is considered one of the most pressing issues facing conservation today, with negative impacts being felt disproportionately by the rural poor leading to the persecution of large predators. To overcome this, socio-ecological studies that merge existing knowledge of large predator ecology with long term livestock depredation monitoring are required. This study examined key patterns and drivers of livestock depredation in northern Botswana, using a mixed effects model...
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#1Tom Finch (UEA: University of East Anglia)H-Index: 7
#2Claire Branston (UEA: University of East Anglia)H-Index: 1
Last. Simon J. Butler (UEA: University of East Anglia)H-Index: 19
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To maximize the effectiveness of conservation interventions, it is crucial to have an understanding of how intraspecific variation determines the relative importance of potential limiting factors. For bird populations, limiting factors include nest‐site availability and foraging resources, with the former often addressed through the provision of artificial nestboxes. However, the effectiveness of artificial nestboxes depends on the relative importance of nest‐site vs. foraging resource limitatio...
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#1Inês Catry (UEA: University of East Anglia)H-Index: 14
#2Ana Rita Sampaio (University of Lisbon)H-Index: 3
Last. Teresa Catry (University of Lisbon)H-Index: 15
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Diet studies are crucial for understanding the ecology and evolution of species, as well as for establishing appropriate conservation and management strategies. However, they remain methodologically challenging due to variation between seasons, sites, sexes or age groups and even variation between individuals. Due to method-specific characteristics and biases, a combination of existing techniques can overcome the inherent limitations of each technique and provide a more accurate and broad pictur...
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#1Jorge Orestes Cerdeira (NOVA: Universidade Nova de Lisboa)H-Index: 7
Last. Mar Cabeza (UH: University of Helsinki)H-Index: 31
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1. The first attempts to describe species ecological niches were simple geometric procedures that depict the niche boundaries directly from environmental data. The convex hull was one of such procedures, popular for its simplicity, clear ecological rational and precise definition of the niche. However, it lacked the ability to differentiate areas of the niche with different probabilities of occurrence according to environmental suitability. 2. We incorporate the Tukey depth, a mathematical tool ...
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#1Kris Sales (UEA: University of East Anglia)H-Index: 4
#2Ramakrishnan Vasudeva (UEA: University of East Anglia)H-Index: 4
Last. Matthew J. G. Gage (UEA: University of East Anglia)H-Index: 38
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Climate change is affecting biodiversity, but proximate drivers remain poorly understood. Here, we examine how experimental heatwaves impact on reproduction in an insect system. Male sensitivity to heat is recognised in endotherms, but ectotherms have received limited attention, despite comprising most of biodiversity and being more influenced by temperature variation. Using a flour beetle model system, we find that heatwave conditions (5 to 7 °C above optimum for 5 days) damaged male, but not f...
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Last. Aldina M. A. FrancoH-Index: 23
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Human-wildlife conflict is one of the most pressing issues in conservation. Low-income rural communities are disproportionately affected by negative interactions with large predators, which often leads to retaliatory killings and persecution of the animals. To overcome this, socio-ecological studies that merge existing knowledge of large predator ecology with long-term livestock depredation monitoring are required. We examined patterns and drivers of livestock depredation in northern Botswana, u...
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