Nature and Biodiversity

How forest loss has changed biodiversity across the globe over the last 150 years


A study looks at the effects of biodiversity over the last 150 years. Image: Unslash/Luca Bravo

Maria Dornelas
Reader in Biology, University of St Andrews
Gergana Daskalova
PhD Candidate in Global Change Ecology, University of Edinburgh
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The Alpine longhorn beetle persists in old-growth forests across continental Europe.
The Alpine longhorn beetle. Image: Gergana Daskalova
Researchers concluded that deforestation doesn’t cause uniform declines in biodiversity.
Results were contradictory to what was previously thought. Image: Gergana Daskalova
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The effects of forest loss are not uniform in all places. Image: Science Magazine
The pace at which biodiversity responds to forest loss can vary from a couple of years to several decades.
The affect of deforestaion on biodiversity can be rapid, or take up to a few decades. Image: Gergana Daskalova
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