Vanessa Hull and new Masters student Yichao Zeng traveled with students and colleagues from China West Normal University to Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan, China to meet longtime collaborators and lay the groundwork for future field studies on biodiversity conservation and human impacts in this renowned protected area. The team paid a visit to the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP), a leading institute on the study of the giant panda.
A new paper in Biological Conservation demonstrates a decline in multiple wildlife species (including the giant panda and red panda) in a nature reserve in China after the introduction of free-ranging livestock. The paper was led by Dr. Jindong Zhang and co-authored by Vanessa Hull and others. Read more about the paper here.
In a new paper in PNAS, Dr. Weihua Xu from the Chinese Academy of Sciences leads an effort to document the lack of overlap between protected areas and ecosystem services in China. The authors put forth the idea that protected areas designed to conserve biodiversity do not necessarily overlap with key ecosystem services required to support human societies. The paper was co-authored by Vanessa Hull and several others. See sample press here and here.