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BibTex format

author = {Hintzen, RE and Papadopoulou, M and Mounce, R and Banks-Leite, C and Holt, RD and Mills, M and Knight, A and Leroi, AM and Rosindell, J},
doi = {10.1111/cobi.13435},
journal = {Conservation Biology},
pages = {721--732},
title = {Relationship between conservation biology and ecology shown through machine reading of 32,000 articles},
url = {},
volume = {34},
year = {2020}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Conservation biology was founded on the idea that efforts to save nature depend on a scientific understanding of how it works. It sought to apply ecological principles to conservation problems. We investigated whether the relationship between these fields has changed over time through machine reading the full texts of 32,000 research articles published in 16 ecology and conservation biology journals. We examined changes in research topics in both fields and how the fields have evolved from 2000 to 2014. As conservation biology matured, its focus shifted from ecology to social and political aspects of conservation. The 2 fields diverged and now occupy distinct niches in modern science. We hypothesize this pattern resulted from increasing recognition that social, economic, and political factors are critical for successful conservation and possibly from rising skepticism about the relevance of contemporary ecological theory to practical conservation. Article Impact statement: Quantitative literature evaluation reveals that the research topics of ecology and conservation biology are drawing apart. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
AU - Hintzen,RE
AU - Papadopoulou,M
AU - Mounce,R
AU - Banks-Leite,C
AU - Holt,RD
AU - Mills,M
AU - Knight,A
AU - Leroi,AM
AU - Rosindell,J
DO - 10.1111/cobi.13435
EP - 732
PY - 2020///
SN - 0888-8892
SP - 721
TI - Relationship between conservation biology and ecology shown through machine reading of 32,000 articles
T2 - Conservation Biology
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VL - 34
ER -