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Timm's Paper in Nature

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Congratulations to Bob Timm for being one of the many co-authors with William F. Laurance, James Cook University in Cairns on the paper, "Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas" that just appeared in Nature. Professor Laurance and his research team studied more than 30 different categories of organisms, from trees and butterflies to primates and large predators within protected areas across the topical Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific. The researchers found that reserves that were suffering most were those that were poorly protected and suffered encroachment from illegal colonists, hunters, and loggers. The researchers indicate a better job needs to be done in defending the protected areas - and that means fighting both their internal and external threats, and building support for protected areas among local communities. Such efforts will help ensure protected areas are more resilient to future threats such as climate change.

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