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.

  • 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
  • Disappearance of the Pika

    The American pika has died out from a 165-square-mile area of habitat in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, due to climate change.

    By Alex Taylor on 4th September 2017
  • Sharks Threatened by Global Food Markets

    Cutting-edge DNA barcoding technology has shown that the majority of shark fins and manta ray gills sold around the world come from endangered species, and are therefore illegal to trade.

    By Alex Taylor on 30th August 2017
  • Lynx Reintroduction in the UK

    The Eurasian Lynx could make a return to the UK after a absence of 1300 years, after a proposal to reintroduce them into Kielder Forest has been submitted by the Lynx Trust.

    By Alex Taylor on 20th August 2017
  • Climate Change Threat For Rare Bats

    The endangered grey long-eared bat, with a UK population of less than 1,000, could be further threatened by the effects of climate change as conditions for Spanish and Portuguese populations deteriorate.

    By Alex Taylor on 15th August 2017
  • Life Will Be Hard For Aardvarks

    The hotter and drier conditions predicted for the Kalahari Desert will prove disastrous for aardvarks, and for the animals who rely on the burrows they create for their own survival.

    By Alex Taylor on 5th August 2017
  • North American Birds Face Threats All Year Long

    North American birds are facing threats from human-caused habitat loss, and it is predicted to become worse as climate change impacts all stages of the birds’ lives – whether they are breeding, wintering or migrating.

    By Alex Taylor on 30th July 2017
  • Hot Dogs

    Climate change may be harming the future of one of the world’s most endangered predators – the African wild dog. As they spend less time hunting on days with higher temperatures, less food is brought back to feed the pups and their survival declines.

    By Alex Taylor on 23rd July 2017
  • Biological Annihilation

    A global evaluation of population trends has led biologists to report that more than 30% of all vertebrate species have declining populations. Described as a “biological annihilation”, the results show that a sixth mass extinction is underway and is more severe than previously thought.

    By Alex Taylor on 16th July 2017