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.

  • Umbrella Effect of Pandas

    Chinese measures to protect this conservation icon have also benefited a number of other threatened species, including birds, mammals and amphibians.

    By Alex Taylor on 1st October 2015
  • Alarming Decline of Ocean Wildlife

    Between 1970 and 2012, marine vertebrates have declined by 49% and some fish species have declined by nearly 75%.

    By Alex Taylor on 23rd September 2015
  • Birds Pay the Price for Timber Demand

    Illegal logging is having serious impacts – not just on the forests themselves – but on the animals. It’s reasonable to assume that if the birds are being this powerfully impacted, it’s impacting other groups, such as mammals, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods.

    By Alex Taylor on 15th September 2015
  • Sumatran Rhino Extinct in Malaysia

    It is vital for the survival of the species that all remaining Sumatran rhinos are viewed as a metapopulation, meaning that all are managed in a single program across national and international borders in order to maximize overall birth rate.

    By Alex Taylor on 9th September 2015
  • Super Predators

    Not only do we kill animals at far higher rates than other predators, we hunt in ways that are particularly destructive.

    By Alex Taylor on 1st September 2015
  • The Devil’s Return

    New research has assessed the ecological impact of returning Tasmanian devils to the mainland and the results show that doing so would improve Australia’s biodiversity.

    By Alex Taylor on 27th August 2015
  • Resurgence of the World’s Rarest Penguin

    A new study has revealed that shifting trade winds and ocean currents have resulted in a doubling of their population over the past 30 years.

    By Alex Taylor on 18th August 2015
  • Historical Records Track Gibbon Decline

    Today, gibbons are some of China’s most threatened species, surviving in only a few remote forest patches in the far southwest of the country. All four species face extinction.

    By Alex Taylor on 12th August 2015
  • Return to Oz – The Recovery of the Humpback Whale

    The west coast population has increased by nine percent and the east coast population has increased by ten percent. These are the highest increases documented worldwide.

    By Alex Taylor on 4th August 2015
  • 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 2nd July 2015