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. Doi: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. Doi:10.1126/science.1187512

Essential biodiversity variables for mapping and monitoring species populations.

  • Jetz, W., McGeoch, M.A., Guralnick, R., Ferrier, S., Beck, J., Costello, M.J., Fernandez, M., Geller, G.N., Keil, P., Merow, C., Meyer, C., Muller-Karger, F.E., Pereira, H.M, Regan, E.C., Schmeller, D.S., Turak, E. 2019. Essential biodiversity variables for mapping and monitoring species populations. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3, pp 539-551. Doi:10.1038/s41559-019-0826-1

The power to detect regional declines in common bird populations using continental monitoring data.

  • Baker, D.J., Clarke, R.H., McGeoch, M.A. 2019. The power to detect regional declines in common bird populations using continental monitoring data. Ecological Applications 29. Doi:10.1002/eap.1918

Measure and Reduce the Harm Caused by Biological Invasions

 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

 

Collaborators:
Dr Eren Turak
Dr Carly Cook

Related Links:
Biodiversity Indicators Partnership 
GEO BON