Insights from two decades of the Student Conference on Conservation Science

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  • Jonas Geldmann
    University of Cambridge
  • Helena Ales-Pinto
    Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  • Tatsuya Amano
    The University of Queensland
  • Harriet Bartlett
    University of Cambridge
  • Alec P. Christie
    University of Cambridge
  • Lydia Collas
    University of Cambridge
  • Sophia C. Cooke
    University of Cambridge
  • Roberto Correa
    University of Cambridge
  • Imogen Cripps
    University of Cambridge
  • Anya Doherty
    University of Cambridge
  • Tom Finch
    RSPB Centre for Conservation Science
  • Emma E. Garnett
    University of Cambridge
  • Fangyuan Hua
    Peking University
  • J.P.G. Jones
  • Tim Kasoar
    University of Cambridge
  • Douglas MacFarlane
    University of Cambridge
  • Philip A. Martin
    University of Cambridge
  • Nibedita Mukherjee
    University of Cambridge
  • Hannah S. Mumby
    University of Cambridge
  • Charlotte Payne
    University of Cambridge
  • Silviu O. Petrovan
    University of Cambridge
  • Ricardo Rocha
    University of Cambridge
  • Kirsten Russell
    University of Cambridge
  • Benno I. Simmons
    University of Cambridge
  • Hannah S. Wauchope
    University of Cambridge
  • Thomas A. Worthington
  • Rosie Trevelyan
    Tropical Biology Association
  • Rhys Green
    University of Cambridge
  • Andrew Balmford
    University of Cambridge
Conservation science is a crisis-oriented discipline focused on reducing human impacts on nature. To explore how the field has changed over the past two decades, we analyzed 3245 applications for oral presentations submitted to the Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) in Cambridge, UK. SCCS has been running every year since 2000, aims for global representation by providing bursaries to early-career conservationists from lower-income countries, and has never had a thematic focus, beyond conservation in the broadest sense. We found that the majority of projects submitted to SCCS were based on primary biological data collected from local scale field studies in the tropics, contrary to established literature which highlights gaps in tropical research. Our results showed a small increase over time in submissions framed around how nature benefits people as well as a small increase in submissions integrating social science. Our findings suggest that students and early-career conservationists could provide pathways to increase availability of data from the tropics and address well-known biases in the published literature towards wealthier countries. We hope this research will motivate efforts to support student projects, ensuring data and results are published and data made publicly available.
Original languageEnglish
Article number108478
JournalBiological Conservation
Volume243
Early online date14 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020
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