Articles by Alex Taylor

Alex Taylor

I am a freelance environmental 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.

  • The Sixth Mass Extinction is Underway

    Using fossil records and extinction counts, the researchers compared a highly conservative estimate of current extinctions with a background rate twice as high as those widely used in previous analyses. This way, they brought the two estimates as close to each other as possible.

    By Alex Taylor on July 2, 2015
  • The Eastern Cougar Extinction

    Widespread persecution by European settlers led to the downfall of this subspecies. The big cats were killed to protect the settlers and their livestock through hunting, trapping, poisoning and bounty programmes.

    By Alex Taylor on July 2, 2015
  • How Climate Change Affects Seabirds

    This bird is an endangered species in Norway, with numbers plummeting from around 160,000 pairs in the 1960s to just 15,000 breeding pairs today.

    By Alex Taylor on July 2, 2015
  • Endangered Species Should Be Left to Breed in the Wild

    It has been the saviour of many critically endangered species. One in particular that was brought back from the brink is the Arabian Oryx, a species that was declared extinct in the wild in 1972 due to overhunting.

    By Alex Taylor on June 16, 2015