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Training future generations to deliver evidence-based conservation and ecosystem management

Downey, Harriet; Amano, Tatsuya; Benítez-López, Ana; Cadotte, Marc; Cook, Carly N.; Cooke, Steven J.; Haddaway, Neal R.; Jones, Julia P.G.; Littlewood, Nick; Walsh, Jessica C.; Abrahams, Mark I.; Adum, Gilbert; Akasaka, Munemitsu; Alves, Jose A.; Antwis, Rachael E.; Arellano, Eduardo C.; Axmacher, Jan; Barclay, Holly; Batty, Lesley; Benítez‐López, Ana; Bennett, Joseph R.; Berg, Maureen J.; Bertolino, Sandro; Biggs, Duan; Bolam, Friederike C.; Bray, Tim; Brook, Barry W.; Bull, Joseph W.; Burivalova, Zuzana; Cabeza, Mar; Chauvenet, Alienor L.M.; Christie, Alec P.; Cole, Lorna; Cotton, Alison J.; Cotton, Sam; Cousins, Sara A.O.; Craven, Dylan; Cresswell, Will; Cusack, Jeremy J.; Dalrymple, Sarah E.; Davies, Zoe G.; Diaz, Anita; Dodd, Jennifer A.; Felton, Adam; Fleishman, Erica; Gardner, Charlie J.; Garside, Ruth; Ghoddousi, Arash; Gilroy, James J.; Gill, David A.; Gill, Jennifer A.; Glew, Louise; Grainger, Matthew J.; Grass, Amelia A.; Greshon, Stephanie; Gundry, Jamie; Hart, Tom; Hopkins...


Harriet Downey

Tatsuya Amano

Ana Benítez-López

Marc Cadotte

Carly N. Cook

Steven J. Cooke

Neal R. Haddaway

Julia P.G. Jones

Nick Littlewood

Jessica C. Walsh

Mark I. Abrahams

Gilbert Adum

Munemitsu Akasaka

Jose A. Alves

Rachael E. Antwis

Eduardo C. Arellano

Jan Axmacher

Holly Barclay

Lesley Batty

Ana Benítez‐López

Joseph R. Bennett

Maureen J. Berg

Sandro Bertolino

Duan Biggs

Friederike C. Bolam

Tim Bray

Barry W. Brook

Joseph W. Bull

Zuzana Burivalova

Mar Cabeza

Alienor L.M. Chauvenet

Alec P. Christie

Lorna Cole

Alison J. Cotton

Sam Cotton

Sara A.O. Cousins

Dylan Craven

Will Cresswell

Jeremy J. Cusack

Sarah E. Dalrymple

Zoe G. Davies

Anita Diaz

Jennifer A. Dodd

Adam Felton

Erica Fleishman

Charlie J. Gardner

Ruth Garside

Arash Ghoddousi

James J. Gilroy

David A. Gill

Jennifer A. Gill

Louise Glew

Matthew J. Grainger

Amelia A. Grass

Stephanie Greshon

Jamie Gundry

Tom Hart

Caroline Howe

Arlyne Johnson

Kelly W. Jones

Neil R. Jordan

Taku Kadoya

Daphne Kerhoas

Julia Koricheva

Tien Ming Lee

Szabolcs Lengyel

Stuart W. Livingstone

Ashley Lyons

Gráinne McCabe

Jonathan Millett

Chloë Montes Strevens

Adam Moolna

Hannah L. Mossman

Nibedita Mukherjee

Andrés Muñoz-Sáez

Nuno Negrões

Olivia Norfolk

Takeshi Osawa

Sarah Papworth

Kirsty J. Park

Jérôme Pellet

Andrea D. Phillott

Joshua M. Plotnik

Dolly Priatna

Alejandra G. Ramos

Nicola Randall

Rob M. Richards

Euan G. Ritchie

David L. Roberts

Ricardo Rocha

Jon Paul Rodríguez

Roy Sanderson

Takehiro Sasaki

Sini Savilaakso

Carl Sayer

Cagan Sekercioglu

Masayuki Senzaki

Grania Smith

Robert J. Smith

Masashi Soga

Carl D. Soulsbury

Mark D. Steer

Gavin Stewart

E. F. Strange

Andrew J. Suggitt

Ralph R. J. Thompson

Stewart Thompson

Ian Thornhill

R. J. Trevelyan

Hope O. Usieta

Oscar Venter

Amanda D. Webber

Rachel L. White

Mark J. Whittingham

Andrew Wilby

Richard W. Yarnell

Veronica Zamora

William J. Sutherland


1. To be effective, the next generation of conservation practitioners and managers need to be critical thinkers with a deep understanding of how to make evidence-based decisions and of the value of evidence synthesis. 2. If, as educators, we do not make these priorities a core part of what we teach, we are failing to prepare our students to make an effective contribution to conservation practice. 3. To help overcome this problem we have created open access online teaching materials in multiple languages that are stored in Applied Ecology Resources. So far, 117 educators from 23 countries have acknowledged the importance of this and are already teaching or about to teach skills in appraising or using evidence in conservation decision-making. This includes 145 undergraduate, postgraduate or professional development courses. 4. We call for wider teaching of the tools and skills that facilitate evidence-based conservation and also suggest that providing online teaching materials in multiple languages could be beneficial for improving global understanding of other subject areas.


Downey, H., Amano, T., Benítez-López, A., Cadotte, M., Cook, C. N., Cooke, S. J., …Sutherland, W. J. (2021). Training future generations to deliver evidence-based conservation and ecosystem management. Ecological Solutions and Evidence, 2(1), Article e12032.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Sep 9, 2020
Online Publication Date Jan 25, 2021
Publication Date 2021-01
Deposit Date Jan 26, 2021
Publicly Available Date Feb 3, 2021
Journal Ecological Solutions and Evidence
Print ISSN 2688-8319
Electronic ISSN 2688-8319
Publisher Wiley Open Access
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 1
Article Number e12032
Keywords Critical thinking; Education; Evidence; Open access
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© 2021 The Authors. Ecological Solutions and Evidence published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Ecological Society<br /> <br /> This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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