Journal article

Supporting the adaptive capacity of species through more effective knowledge exchange with conservation practitioners

Carly N Cook, Erik A Beever, Lindsey L Thurman, Laura M Thompson, John E Gross, Andrew R Whiteley, Adrienne B Nicotra, Jennifer A Szymanski, Carlos A Botero, Kimberly R Hall, Ary A Hoffmann, Gregor W Schuurman, Carla M Sgro



There is an imperative for conservation practitioners to help biodiversity adapt to accelerating environmental change. Evolutionary biologists are well-positioned to inform the development of evidence-based management strategies that support the adaptive capacity of species and ecosystems. Conservation practitioners increasingly accept that management practices must accommodate rapid environmental change, but harbour concerns about how to apply recommended changes to their management contexts. Given the interest from both conservation practitioners and evolutionary biologists in adjusting management practices, we believe there is an opportunity to accelerate the required changes by promoting..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Fellowship

Awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER grant

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the participants of a co-production workshop that informed the development of this manuscript. The U.S. Geological Survey's National Climate Adaptation Science Center provided logistical and financial support. C. N. Cook was funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Fellowship (DE180100854). A. R. Whiteley was supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER grant (DEB-1652278) during the preparation of this manuscript. The findings and conclusions in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Any use of trade, firm or product names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.