Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Socioeconomic Contexts of Primate Conservation

Socioeconomic Contexts of Primate Conservation: Population, Poverty, Global Economic Demands, and Sustainable Land Use
In many of the readings for this week, I was interested in how genome sequencing efforts have led to an increase in conservation efforts - both of primate diversity and their environments.  This article, from the American Journal of Primatology, begins with an alarming statistic: over 50% of primate species are currently at risk of extinction as a result of human activity.  The author, Alejandro Estrada, explores the causes and trends of deforestation and its consequences for primate diversity and population.  Towards the end, the author proposes several potential routes to alleviate these negative consequences of human development.

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