Research Applications for Conservation and Evolutionary Biology
The CREO research program is designed to streamline the process of documenting existing extinction data, and provide a better system for interpreting those data -- resulting in accurate, comprehensive extinction surveys.
This documentation effort is necessary in order to provide reliable data for future research and policies. Indeed, the more comprehensively and consistently these surveys are compiled, the more extensive are their potential applied value to conservation and evolutionary biology:
Applying data from extinction surveys to conservation policy
All of the studies described above can directly impact conservation policies; studies such as these provide information about how we can better understand processes and rates of biodiversity loss, and where to best direct conservation efforts.
Indeed, extinction data play an important role in shaping conservation policy debates because they represent compelling evidence of ecological change. It is essential that data used to determine conservation policies be reliable and verifiable; if data are found to be inaccurate, then this can result in a lack of support for conservation measures (the "crying wolf" scenario, noted by Mann, 1991; Kottelat, 1994; Hobbs and Mooney, 1998, Pye-Smith, 1999). The CREO research program is designed to provide comprehensive, accurate extinction data. This will ensure that policy makers have reliable data on which to base conservation policies.
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