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.

  • New Hope for the Northern White Rhino

    New genetic analysis has discovered that northern and southern white rhino populations have had contact throughout history. This means that genes from southern white rhinos could be used to successfully rescue their critically endangered northern cousins.

    By Alex Taylor on 14th December 2018
  • Damming Caused Decline

    The damming of the Yangtze River has been shown to have caused declines in population size and spawning ground capacity of the critically endangered Chinese sturgeon.

    By Alex Taylor on 10th December 2018
  • Combined Threats Increase Extinction Risk

    The combined threat of deforestation and wildlife exploitation has been severely underestimated for bird populations in Southeast Asia. This could lead to some species becoming extinct.

    By Alex Taylor on 7th December 2018
  • Snakes on a Plane

    Researchers have discovered why the brown tree snake has become such a successful invasive species on the island of Guam, where it has devastated native bird populations.

    By Alex Taylor on 3rd December 2018
  • Loss of Lemurs May Endanger Large Trees

    Lemurs are some of the world’s most endangered animals. But they play a vital role in their ecosystems, and a new study has shown that saving them may be the key to saving Madagascar’s largest trees.

    By Alex Taylor on 5th November 2018
  • New Tool Helps Prioritise Conservation

    A new tool has been developed by researchers in Canada that determines which conservation actions help the most species and ensures that limited funds are well spent.

    By Alex Taylor on 21st October 2018
  • What’s Eating Orchids?

    Japanese researchers have discovered that a species of seed-eating fly is damaging the seed production of a number of already-endangered orchid species.

    By Alex Taylor on 15th October 2018
  • Fingerprint Technology Aids Fight Against Pangolin Poaching

    Forensic fingerprinting techniques will now be used in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade. The new techniques will allow fingerprints from pangolin scales to be lifted so poachers and smugglers can be brought to justice.

    By Alex Taylor on 5th October 2018
  • Rediscovery of Bird Feared Extinct

    The Bahamas Nuthatch was feared extinct after Hurricane Matthew, but has been rediscovered by a research team. However, with only two birds found, its chances of recovery are slim.

    By Alex Taylor on 28th September 2018