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First Impact Factor due in 2017

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Conservation Physiology publishes research on all taxa focused on understanding and predicting how organisms, populations, ecosystems and natural resources respond to environmental change and stressors.

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First Impact Factor Due 2017

Conservation Physiology is now indexed in Web of Science, Scopus, and PubMed Central and will receive its first Impact Factor in 2017.

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Latest Special and Virtual Issues

New Special Issue: Conservation Physiology of Marine Fishes

There is growing recognition that physiological research can contribute significantly to the resolution of management and conservation problems for marine fishes, and to the ability accurately to project impacts of environmental pressures. This perception was the impetus to establish a European Union Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action entitled ‘Conservation Physiology of Marine Fishes’ (COST FA1004, 2011-2015).

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Virtual Issue: Conservation Physiology of Animal Migrations

Migration is a widespread phenomenon among many taxa. This complex behaviour enables animals to exploit a diversity of temporally productive and spatially discrete habitats used to accrue various fitness benefits (e.g., growth, reproduction, predator avoidance). Migrations are generally challenging and require a complex interplay among genetics, behaviour, physiology, biomechanics, and the environment.

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Virtual Issue: Vertebrates, Stress and Conservation

We have assembled a “virtual” special issue on the topic of “vertebrate stress” given its importance in the emerging realm of conservation physiology. Papers spanning vertebrate taxa, stressors, and endpoints will be featured along with technical papers that advance techniques for studying stress in wild vertebrates. The virtual special issue is anchored by several synthetic perspective articles that will help to shape research on this topic. 

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Conservation Physiology on the OUPBlog

How do you study large whales?

The large whales, or “great whales” as they’re sometimes called, include most baleen whales (blue, fin, sei, humpback, grey, right, bowhead, and several more) and also one toothed species, the sperm whale. Perhaps no group of mammals on earth is as difficult to study. They spend most of their time below the water surface, they are difficult to find, and difficult to follow. They are too large to be kept in captivity. Perhaps most frustrating for physiology studies, there is simply no practical method of capturing a large whale alive to perform basic measurements or to get a blood sample.

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Conservation Physiology of Plants

Given the importance of plants as primary producers, which are indispensable for all other organisms, and the fact that 10,065 of the 21,286 species (47%) assessed by the IUCN Red List as globally threatened are plants, they clearly deserve more attention in the field of conservation physiology, and conservation science in general.

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Image credit: California wildflowers. By Rennett Stowe. CC-BY-2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Why do frogs slough their skin?

In recent decades, the extraordinarily rapid disappearance of frogs, toads, and salamanders has grabbed the attention of both the scientific community and concerned citizens the world over. Although the causes of some of these losses remain unresolved, the novel disease chytridiomycosis caused by the skin-based fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), has been identified as the causative agent in many of the declines and extinctions worldwide.

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