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Indirect commensalism promotes persistence of secondary consumer species – A synopsis of Dirk Sanders & F. J. Frank van Veen’s study

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Links to References and Further Reading

Sanders, D., & van Veen, F. J. F. (2012). Indirect commensalism  promotes persistence of secondary consumer species. Biology Letters, 8(6), 960-963. ( doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0572)

Borrvall C., Ebenman B. (2006 ). Early onset of secondary extinctions in ecological communities following the loss of top predators. Ecol. Lett. 9, 435–442. (doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2006.00893.x)

Levine S. H. (1976) Competitive interactions in ecosystems. Am. Nat. 110, 903–910. (doi:10.1086/283116)

VandermeerJ. (1980) Indirect mutualism: variations on a theme by Levine. Am. Nat. 116, 441–448. (doi:10.1086/283637)




Assessing Tiger Population Dynamics Using Photographic Capture-Recapture Sampling – A Synopsis by Melanie C. Berger

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Melanie C. Berger

Melanie C. Berger is currently undergoing the Masters of Conservation Biology program jointly taught by Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand, and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She graduated with an ScB in Biology (with a focus on Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) from Brown University in 2013. She has worked as an Environmental Educator for the NYS Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and with the Student Conservation Association and AmeriCorps. She is interested in broadening her knowledge of biogeography, ecology, and conservation biology while making a lasting contribution in these fields. You can learn more about her on her website.



Lessons from resource management by indigenous Māori: Governing the ecosystem as commons – Synopsis by Te Taiawatea Moko-Mead

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Applying the Declining Population Paradigm: Diagnosing Causes of Poor Reproduction in the Marbled Murrelet – Article Synopsis by Feyza Zaman

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Socio-economics and wildlife conservation of a peri-urban national park in central Kenya – Synopsis by Mya Gaby


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Summary and Conclusions: Characteristics and Consequences of Biological Invasions – Synopsis by Kimberley Turrell


Reconciling Biodiversity Conservation and Food Security: Scientific Challenges for the New Agriculture– Paper Synopsis by Julia Murphy