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.

  • Chimpanzees at the Crossroads

    Research shows that chimpanzees react to changes to their habitats by adapting to human development, such as learning to cross roads safely and knowing when to avoid people. However, further development could seriously harm their abundance and distribution.

    By Alex Taylor on 21st June 2019
  • Saving Slow-Breeding Giants

    A new study suggests that short-term trends in population size and distribution may not be the best way to judge a species extinction risk, if that species is a large, slow-breeding animal. Conservation decisions based on these trends may fail to protect them.

    By Alex Taylor on 14th June 2019
  • Catching Invasives Early

    The first global meta-analysis of the characteristics and size of invasive alien species’ impacts on native species as invaders become more abundant has been conducted. The study highlights the increasing need for early detection and rapid response.

    By Alex Taylor on 18th May 2019
  • Disease Found in Huemul Deer

    Scientists have reported the first cases of foot disease in huemul deer in Chile. The deer are dying from the disease, and this could pose a serious threat to a species that is already the most endangered deer in South America.

    By Alex Taylor on 12th May 2019
  • Protected Areas Work!

    A new study from a national park in Senegal has shown that animals such as chimpanzees and species of ungulates and carnivores thrive in protected areas where human interaction and development is kept out.

    By Alex Taylor on 20th April 2019
  • Mediterranean Fish Susceptible to Climate Change

    European freshwater fish will be strongly affected by climate change. A new study has shown that species from the Mediterranean region are at high risk, with fish from extreme habitats characterised by heat and drought particularly vulnerable.

    By Alex Taylor on 15th April 2019
  • Owl Vs. Owl

    An in-depth study of the northern spotted owl has examined its decline in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Removal of the invasive barred owl may be one solution, in combination with long-term protection of its habitat.

    By Alex Taylor on 13th April 2019
  • Tracking Turtles with Telemetry

    A new model has been created that can forecast the location of critically endangered Eastern Pacific leatherback turtles along the coast of Central and South America. This will aid efforts to decrease bycatch mortality.

    By Alex Taylor on 9th April 2019
  • Wildlife Trade Protections Take Too Long

    Hundreds of threatened species could be at risk of extinction because the time it takes for them to get protection from CITES against the illegal wildlife trade is too slow, and does not keep up to date with scientific knowledge.

    By Alex Taylor on 8th April 2019
  • Conservation Potential of Restored Farmland

    Farmland soon to be retired in California’s San Joaquin Desert could play a crucial role in the habitat restoration and protection necessary to conserve the blunt-nosed leopard lizard and other endangered species.

    By Alex Taylor on 1st April 2019