Articles by Alex Taylor

Alex Taylor

I am a freelance conservation journalist, with a BSc in Conservation Biology and a Master of Research postgraduate degree in Ecology and Environmental Biology. I blog about new research in the field of conservation biology, and my main area of interest is species conservation.

  • Invasive Species Priority List

    A new study has stressed the need for more species to be urgently considered for inclusion on the European Union’s ‘List of Invasive Alien Species of Union Concern’, due to their potential impact on native species and ecosystems.

    By Alex Taylor on 14th November 2017
  • Wildlife Map Reveals Conservation Concerns

    By producing detailed maps on the distribution of the world’s reptiles, an international team of scientists has completed the ‘atlas of life’, the first global review and map of every vertebrate species on Earth.

    By Alex Taylor on 31st October 2017
  • Neotropical Parrot Populations Under Threat

    A recent study has discovered that more than 38% of Neotropical parrot populations on the American continent are under threat of extinction, and human activities such as hunting for the local and international trade and habitat loss are to blame.

    By Alex Taylor on 22nd October 2017
  • Durian Tree Threatened by Decline of Flying Foxes

    Scientists have discovered that Southeast Asia’s large fruit bats, known as flying foxes, play a crucial role in the survival of the durian tree, and their decline could have serious economic repercussions.

    By Alex Taylor on 15th October 2017
  • Hurricane Destroys Sea Turtle Nests

    Marine biologists have released estimates of sea turtle nests lost to storm surges caused by Hurricane Irma. Within the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, 56% of green turtle nests and 24% of loggerhead turtle nests were lost.

    By Alex Taylor on 8th October 2017
  • Darwin’s Frog Faces Extinction

    The Darwin’s frog is the latest species of amphibian to experience population decline, and now face extinction, due to the global chytridiomycosis pandemic.

    By Alex Taylor on 1st October 2017
  • New Model Shows Decline of Endangered Whales

    A new statistical model has been developed to improve estimates of abundance and population trends of North Atlantic right whales. It reveals that, since 2010, their numbers have declined.

    By Alex Taylor on 24th September 2017
  • Biding Time Could Improve Conservation

    An innovative new study has challenged the current orthodoxy in conservation by suggesting that delays in the spending of funds could actually improve the benefits gained from the money and therefore protect more species.

    By Alex Taylor on 17th September 2017
  • A New Approach to Habitat Corridors

    A new study documents a plan to save endangered carnivores in the increasingly isolated forests of northeastern Argentina. The study explores the options for mitigating the impact of human encroachment using corridors to connect vital habitats.

    By Alex Taylor on 13th September 2017