Annual Reviews Special Article Collection : Ecology and Extinction

In this article collection, experts provide insight on species extinction from a variety of perspectives.

More than 23,900 natural species are currently threatened with extinction according to the Red List of Threatened Species published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. What makes certain species more prone to extinction than others? Understanding the answers to this important question is the key to successful conservation efforts. The following articles, written by invited experts, explore several factors that affect global ecology and extinction risk.

Free access to this article collection is available through October 31, 2017 (and always at subscribing institutions).


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Our experts provide insight from a variety of perspectives, from analyzing ancient DNA biomarkers that indicate environmental activity during historical extinctions, to assessing the human impact on a variety of species through time, to adaptive genetic reactions to environmental change.

Learning from History


Biodiversity Threats and Conservation Efforts


Can Human Impact on Biodiversity Be Reversed?


Climate Change and Adaptation

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