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WCS-AUTHORED PUBLICATIONS, 28 September-4 October 2021


Peer-Reviewed Literature Citations


Peer-Reviewed Literature Citation 1 of 3

Ardiantiono, Sugiyo, P. J. Johnson, M. I. Lubis, F. Amama, Sukatmoko, W. Marthy and A. Zimmermann (Early View). "Corrigendum: Towards coexistence: Can people's attitudes explain their willingness to live with Sumatran elephants in Indonesia?" Conservation Science and Practice, e538.

The authors would like to acknowledge the contribution of Puspita Insan Kamil from the Komodo Survival Program who developed the Indonesian adaptation of psychological scales that is integral to our study. We make the followings amendments to the method section of our manuscript (highlighted in bold) to fully acknowledge her work.


Peer-Reviewed Literature Citation 2 of 3

Donati, G. F. A., N. Zemp, S. Manel, ..., J. Leblond et al. (2021). "Species ecology explains the spatial components of genetic diversity in tropical reef fishes." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 288(1959).

Generating genomic data for 19 tropical reef fish species of the Western Indian Ocean, we investigate how species ecology influences genetic diversity patterns from local to regional scales. We distinguish between the α, β and γ components of genetic diversity, which we subsequently link to six ecological traits. We find that the α and γ components of genetic diversity are strongly correlated so that species with a high total regional genetic diversity display systematically high local diversity. The α and γ diversity components are negatively associated with species abundance recorded using underwater visual surveys and positively associated with body size. Pelagic larval duration is found to be negatively related to genetic β diversity supporting its role as a dispersal trait in marine fishes. Deviation from the neutral theory of molecular evolution motivates further effort to understand the processes shaping genetic diversity and ultimately the diversification of the exceptional diversity of tropical reef fishes.


Peer-Reviewed Literature Citation 3 of 3

Johnson, A., S. Saypanya, T. Hansel and M. Rao (Early View). "More than an academic exercise: Structuring international partnerships to build research and professional capacity for conservation impact." Conservation Science and Practice, e539.

Partnerships between researchers and conservation practitioners are essential for gathering the information needed to diagnose conservation problems and to determine what actions are most likely to be effective to achieve desired conservation outcomes. In developing countries where conservation capacity is limited, it is critical that partnerships between international and local research and practitioner communities also strengthen local capacity to lead in the conservation of their own regions. To achieve this means avoiding the pitfalls of “parachute science,” a phenomenon where foreign researchers engage in a project in a developing country without appropriately integrating or acknowledging local researchers and without investing in the professional capacity of a country's individuals or institutions. Using the authors' experience, we describe four approaches used to structure international research partnerships with conservation and academic institutions in the Lao People's Democratic Republic, where government policies oblige foreign researchers to partner with national institutions and students. We describe the impact of these partnerships on strengthening national capacity for conservation science and practice over time.