We lead and collaborate with others on original research to better understand the realities of how conservation is carried out, which is essential to making improvements:
FWS section 7 consultations
The first full-scale analysis of Endangered Species Act section 7 consultations.
Malcom, J.W. & Li, Y.-W. (2015). Data contradict common perceptions about a controversial provision of the US Endangered Species Act. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A., 112, 15844–15849. Available here.
The US Endangered Species Act is the most comprehensive law any nation has enacted to protect imperiled species. Many of its protections come from section 7 of the Act, but how government regulators use this tool is poorly understood. Our analysis is the first to systematically evaluate how the US Fish and Wildlife Service has…
A new and simple method for measuring conservation status of imperiled species.
Malcom, J.W., Webber, W.M. & Li, Y.-W. (2016). A simple, sufficient, and consistent method to score the status of threats and demography of imperiled species. PeerJ, 4, e2230. Available here.
Managers of large, complex wildlife conservation programs need information on the conservation status of each of many species to help strategically allocate limited resources. Oversimplifying status data, however, runs the risk of missing information essential to strategic allocation. Conservation status consists of two components, the status of threats a species faces and the species’ demographic…