Development of bioindicator and monitoring systems

Species and communities have long been measured for the purpose of assessing the broader condition of habitats or environments. More recently bioindicator systems are also being used to assess and monitor the performance of biodiversity policy, both nationally and globally. Our research in this area currently focuses on identifying minimum information sets (using Essential Biodiversity Variables) for assessing and monitoring the state of biological invasion from sub-national to global scales.

Examples of our work in this area:

Bioindicators. In: Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

  • McGeoch, M.A. 2013. Bioindicators. In: Encyclopedia of Environmetrics A.H. El-Shaarawi & W. Piegorsch (eds), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK, 4 pp. 10.1002/9780470057339.vab017.pub2

Global indicators of biological invasion: species numbers, biodiversity impact and policy responses.

  • McGeoch, M.A., Butchart, S.H.M., Spear, D., Marais, E., Kleynhans, E.J., Symes, A. Chanson, J. & Hoffmann, M. 2010. Global indicators of biological invasion: species numbers, biodiversity impact and policy responses. Diversity & Distributions 16, 95-108. 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2009.00633.x

 Global Biodiversity: Indicators of Recent Declines. 

  •  Butchart, S.H.M., Walpole, M., Collen, B., van Strien, A., Scharlemann, J.P.W., Almond, R.E.A., Baillie, J.E.M., Bomhard, B., Brown, C., Bruno, J., Carpenter, K.E., Carr, G.M., Chanson, J., Chenery, A.M., Csirke, J., Davidson, N.C., Dentener, F., Foster, M., Galli, A., Galloway, J.N., Genovesi, P., Gregory, R.D., Hockings, M., Kapos, V., Lamarque, J-F., Leverington, F., Loh, J., McGeoch, M.A., McRae, L., Minasyan, A., Hernández Morcillo, M., Oldfield, T.E.E., Pauly, D., Quader, S., Revenga, C., Sauer, J.R., Skolnik, B., Spear, D., Stanwell-Smith, D., Stuart, S.N., Symes, A., Tierney, M., Tyrrell, T.D., Vié, J-C. & Watson, R. 2010. Global Biodiversity: Indicators of Recent Declines. Science 328, 1164-1168. 10.1126/science.1187512

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Related Links:
Biodiversity Indicators Partnership