Relationship between conservation biology and ecology shown through machine reading of 32,000 articles

Rogier E Hintzen, Marina Papadopoulou, Ross Mounce, Cristina Banks‐leite, Robert D. Holt, Morena Mills, Andrew Knight, Armand M. Leroi, James Rosindell*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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Conservation biology was founded on the idea that efforts to save nature depend on a scientific understanding of how it works. It sought to apply ecological principles to conservation problems. We investigated whether the relationship between these fields has changed over time through machine reading the full texts of 32,000 research articles published in 16 ecology and conservation biology journals. We examined changes in research topics in both fields and how the fields have evolved from 2000 to 2014. As conservation biology matured, its focus shifted from ecology to social and political aspects of conservation. The 2 fields diverged and now occupy distinct niches in modern science. We hypothesize this pattern resulted from increasing recognition that social, economic, and political factors are critical for successful conservation and possibly from rising skepticism about the relevance of contemporary ecological theory to practical conservation.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)721-732
Aantal pagina's12
TijdschriftConservation Biology
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
Vroegere onlinedatum8-nov.-2019
StatusPublished - jun.-2020

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