Our latest issue cover features a pastoralist family in Bale Mountains, Ethiopia. Fire-managed heathlands are seen in the background. Traditional use of fire is often blamed for destroying the resource base and threatening biodiversity, but here grazing and burning maintains a mosaic heathland landscape, which reduces the risk of landscape-wide wildfires. Photo: Anders Granström From the paper by Johansson & Granström http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2664.12291/abstract
The cover for issue 5 features a pastoralist family in Bale Mountains, Ethiopia. Fire-managed heathlands are seen in the background. Photo: Anders Granström

The latest issue of Journal of Applied Ecology was published this week and, along with the usual line-up of interesting research papers, reviews, and the Editor’s Choice, the issue also includes the Special Profile: Putting applied ecology into practice.

This Special Profile is the output from a Journal-sponsored symposium held at INTECOL last year: Putting applied ecology into practice: knowledge and needs for the 21st century, which focused on ways to bridge the gap between the research output generated by scientists and uptake by practitioners.

The Special Profile starts with Philip Hulme’s thought-provoking Editorial “Bridging the knowing–doing gap: know-who, know-what, know-why, know-how and know-when“. This is followed by a Review from Peter Karieva (The Nature Conservancy) on “The evolving linkage between conservation science and practice at The Nature Conservancy“. Two Practitioner’s Perspectives round off the Special Profile: Penny Anderson (Penny Anderson Associates) discusses “Bridging the gap between applied ecological science and practical implementation in peatland restoration” and Ian Bainbridge (Scottish Natural Heritage) gives his perspective on “How can ecologists make conservation policy more evidence based? Ideas and examples from a devolved perspective

Your can also listen to Peter Kareiva’s keynote talk from the INTECOL symposium in this podcast:

 

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