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Advancing a New Toolkit for Conservation: From Science to Policy

February 2018
Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp. 11-15

Ben J. Novak, Tom Maloney, and Ryan Phelan

Abstract: Climate change and non-native wildlife diseases are exacerbating persistent challenges to biodiversity such as habitat destruction, invasive species and over-harvesting. With these increasing threats there is a pressing need to expand the conservationists’ toolbox. Read More

Ben J. Novak, James A. Estes, Holland E. Shaw, Erika V. Novak, Beth Shapiro.

Abstract: For tens of thousands of years, passenger pigeons (Ectopistes migratorius) were a dominant member of eastern North American forest communities, with megaflocks comprising up to several billion individuals. The extinction of passenger pigeons in the early twentieth century undoubtedly influenced associated species and ecosystems as interactions stemming from the pigeons disappeared suddenly. Here, we strive to better understand what was probably one of the most significant of these interactions—that between passenger pigeons and seed bearing trees.Read More

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Novak, Ben; Maloney, Tom; and Phelan, Ryan. “Advancing a New Toolkit for Conservation: From Science to Policy.” CRISPR Journal. February 2018: Vol. 1, No. 1, 11-15.
Novak, Ben; Estes, James; Shaw, Holland; Novak, Erika V; and Shapiro, Beth. “Experimental Investigation of the Dietary Ecology of the Extinct Passenger Pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius.” Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. March 5, 2018: Vol. 6.

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Novak, Ben et. al, “Natural selection shaped the rise and fall of passenger pigeon genomic diversity.” Science. 17 Nov 2017: Vol. 358, No. 6365, 951-954. Read More
Oehler, David A; Novak, Ben et. al, “Husbandry Protocols for the Band-tailed pigeon, Patagioenas fasciata albilinea, at the WCS, Bronx Zoo for future conservation management programs.” Zoo Biology. 15 Dec 2017: 1-8. Read More
Kjelland, Michael E; Novak, Ben et. al, “Manipulating the avian egg: applications for embryo transfer, transgenics, and cloning.” Avian Biology Research. 3 January 2017: Vol. 10, No. 3, 146-155. Read More

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Piaggio, Antoinette J; Seddon, Philip J; Redford, Kent H; Phelan, Ryan et. al, “Is It Time for Synthetic Biodiversity Conservation?” Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 19 Nov 2016: Vol. 32, No. 2, 97 – 107.Read More
Soares, André; Novak, Ben J; Church, George M; Shapiro, Beth et. al, “Complete mitochondrial genomes of living and extinct pigeons revise the timing of the columbiform radiation.” BMC Evolutionary Biology 16 Oct 2016: Vol. 16, No. 1, 230.Read More

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Wisely, Samantha M; Ryder, Oliver A; Novak, Ben J et. al, “A Road Map for 21st Century Genetic Restoration: Gene Pool Enrichment of the Black-Footed Ferret.” Journal of Heredity. Sept-Oct 2015; Volume 106, Issue 5, 581- 592.Read More