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.

  • 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
  • Late-Nesting Birds and Bees Face Habitat Threat

    Birds and bumblebees that nest late in the year are suffering more from the destruction of habitat. As habitats disappear across the world, fewer nest sites results in greater competition, and species declines.

    By Alex Taylor on 18th June 2017
  • Finding New Homes Won’t Help Emperors

    Many species can migrate to avoid the effects of climate change but a new study has shown that, while finding new homes may help Emperor penguins in the short term, by the end of the century their populations will face devastating declines.

    By Alex Taylor on 11th June 2017
  • Animal Symbols In Need of Protection

    A new study has found that the world’s national animal symbols are in need of protection, as 35% of them are threatened with extinction.

    By Alex Taylor on 4th June 2017
  • Iconic Penguin Faces Extinction in New Zealand

    New Zealand’s iconic Yellow-eyed penguins could be extinct by 2060, according the the latest research, which shows that rising sea surface temperatures, fishing nets, toxins and habitat degradation are all to blame.

    By Alex Taylor on 20th May 2017
  • Natural Disasters Pose Threat to Rare Rhinos

    The world’s only population of critically endangered Javan rhinos could go extinct in the future due to natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis. Scientists are urging the establishment of secure populations and increasing the existing population in Ujung Kulan National Park.

    By Alex Taylor on 14th May 2017
  • Logging Threatens Leatherbacks

    Debris from logging activities in tropical forests is threatening the survival of hatchling leatherback turtles and the success of their mothers at one of the world’s most important nesting sites.

    By Alex Taylor on 7th May 2017
  • Antarctica’s Declining Biodiversity

    Despite its remote location that appears to be far from the impacts of humans, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are not in as good environmental shape as has been previously thought.

    By Alex Taylor on 30th April 2017
  • Manatees Facing a Safe Future

    A new report has concluded that Florida’s manatees are likely to persist for the next 100 years despite facing continued threats, providing that wildlife managers continue to protect these iconic mammals and their habitat.

    By Alex Taylor on 24th April 2017