- Title Pages
- List of contributors
- Chapter 1 Uncomfortable questions and inconvenient data in conservation science
- Chapter 2 The thin ice of simplicity in environmental and conservation assessments
- Chapter 3 The value of ecosystem services
- Chapter 4 Are local losses of biodiversity causing degraded ecosystem function?
- Chapter 5 Forty years of bias in habitat fragmentation research
- Chapter 6 Introduced species are not always the enemy of conservation
- Chapter 7 Novel ecosystems
- Chapter 8 What is the evidence for planetary tipping points?
- Chapter 9 Adaptability
- Chapter 10 Food webs with humans: In name only?
- Chapter 11 Global agricultural expansion
- Chapter 12 A good story
- Chapter 13 From <i>Silent Spring</i> to <i>The Frog of War</i>
- Chapter 14 How a mistaken ecological narrative could be undermining orangutan conservation
- Chapter 15 Fealty to symbolism is no way to save salmon
- Chapter 16 Genetically modified crops
- Chapter 17 When “sustainable” fishing isn’t
- Chapter 18 Science communication is receiving a lot of attention, but there’s room to improve
- Chapter 19 Overfishing
- Chapter 20 Rehabilitating sea otters
- Chapter 21 Planning for climate change without climate projections?
- Chapter 22 Is “no net loss of biodiversity” a good idea?
- Chapter 23 Replacing underperforming nature reserves
- Chapter 24 Conservation in the real world
- Chapter 25 Are payments for ecosystem services benefiting ecosystems and people?
- Chapter 26 Corporations valuing nature
- Chapter 27 Business as usual leads to underperformance in coastal restoration
- Chapter 28 Conservation bias: What have we learned?
A good story
A good story
Media bias in trophic cascade research in Yellowstone National Park
- (p.80) Chapter 12 A good story
- Effective Conservation Science
- Oxford University Press
This chapter begins with a viral video about a trophic cascade initiated by the return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park. It then challenges the narrative of that video. How strong is the evidence for the trophic cascade that has been claimed to exist in Yellowstone? A survey of the relevant literature suggests that the matter is far from settled. But the absence of a scientific consensus is not reflected in the popular press. Analysis of a random sample of newspaper articles about wolf reintroduction shows that a simplistic version of the scientific story is reported far more often than the more complex, but more accurate, tale of an unresolved hypothesis. A particular study on wolf-mediated effects on grizzly bears, via elk and berries, is examined in more depth. Ultimately, the chapter makes the case that the more nuanced story is not only more factually accurate, it also tells an essential truth about the nature of ecology.
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