SDG 15: Life on Land

Women in Ecology and Conservation

Springer Nature is celebrating International Women’s Day and Women History Month by curating a special update on the theme 'Women in Ecology and Conservation'

SN SDG logo © Springer Nature 2019We are delighted to bring to you a curated collection of our research articles, books, chapters, book series, special issues of journals revolving around the gender related themes and/or developed and led by women researchers in ecology & conservation. 

We are also excited to feature some exclusive interviews with leading women researchers in the field of ecology.

If you are interested in publishing with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

Exploring the Intersection of Plant Pathology and Sustainable Development

Anna Brugger © SpringerNature 2023Anna Brugger is a leading expert in the study of plant diseases and their impact on the environment. In this interview, we will delve into her passion for plant pathology, her research, and how it relates to Sustainable Development Goals. We will also discuss the role of plant pathology in biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. 

Read the interview here

We need more female mentors

Frederique Reverchon © SpringerNature 2023Initiatives and programs have been launched worldwide to reduce the gender gap in STEM at several levels, from creating incentives for young women to pursue a scientific career, to decreasing the “leaky pipeline”, i.e. the loss of women at more advanced career stages. In this context, one of the most promising strategies for maintaining women in the STEM path is the establishment of mentoring programs for female ECR. If you are a female ECR, you could argue: “Why do I need an extra person telling me what to do or giving me advice?” Let Frédérique Reverchon tell you.

Read the interview here

Uncovering the Science Behind Weed Management

Sabine Andert © SpringerNature 2023Sabine Andert is an expert in weed science and Integrated Weed Management. In this interview, she presents insights from her AC/DC-weeds project and explains how it contributes to protecting and restoring ecosystems and habitats. 

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From Cytogenetics to Ecosystem Ecology

Valeria Souza © SpringerNature 2023Valeria Souza started her scientific career studying biology and cytogenetics but found out that only through ecosystem ecology could she find the answers to her questions ever since a young age. She was later invited by NASA to conduct a seminal work on astrobiology at the Cuatro Cienegas Basin, a small oasis in northern Mexico. The author's pursuit of knowledge led her to study eco-evolutionary feedback, human impact in ecosystems conservation and support local children in learning more about their territory ancestry and importance for the history of life. She believes that the field of ecosystem ecology can benefit from greater gender diversity, as seen in her lab and at UNAM, where women are equally represented and encouraged to pursue their scientific interests. 

Read the interview here

Linking Biodiversity Conservation, Carbon Markets and Gender Equality in Science

Marcia Marques © SpringerNature 2023Brazilian ecologist and biodiversity conservationist Marcia Marques reveals that her love for nature since childhood motivated her to pursue a career in applied ecology. She believes that conservation biology is vital for protecting and restoring tropical forest biodiversity in the face of increasing human population growth and land-use change emphasizing the importance of promoting sustainable use of tropical forest resources and the participation and leadership of women in conservation research and management. Finally, she suggests that young women interested in pursuing a career in biodiversity conservation should believe in their potential and recognize the women of the past who conquered spaces for their present journey.

Read the interview here

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Contribution of women’s fisheries substantial, but overlooked, in Timor-Leste

from: Ambio

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Do female officials promote local eco-innovation? The moderating role of public pressure

from: Environmental Science and Pollution Research

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Integrating network theory and biodiversity conservation: do different species selection approaches result in different recommendations?

from: Biodiversity and Conservation

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Empowerment resources, decision-making and gender attitudes: which matter most to livestock keepers in the mixed and livestock-based systems in Ethiopia?


from: CABI Agriculture & Bioscience

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Barriers and facilitators of maternal health care services use among pastoralist women in Ethiopia: Systems thinking perspective


from: Pastoralism

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Words matter: how to increase gender and LGBTQIA + inclusivity at Biological Invasions

from: Biological Invasions

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Information needed for coastal management: perceptions of research and protection of shorebirds on a coastal beach are influenced by visitor type, age and gender

from: Urban Ecosystems

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The Importance of Understanding Local Community Attitudes and Perceptions Regarding Nature Conservation

from: Wetlands​​​​​

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It’s time to expand the definition of ‘women’s health’

from: Nature Arabic Edition

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Learning from the past: opportunities for advancing ecological research and practice using palaeoecological data

from: Oecologia

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Seascape genomics of common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) reveals adaptive diversity linked to regional and local oceanography


from: BMC Ecology and Evolution

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How the world should oppose the Taliban’s war on women and girls

from: Nature Arabic Edition

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Gender and Agriculture


Article Collection from: CABI Agriculture & Bioscience
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International Year of the Millet


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Women are most affected by pandemics — lessons from past outbreaks

from: Nature Arabic Edition

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Join the BMC Ecology and Evolution image competition 2023

BMC Ecology and Evolution © Springer Nature 2022We are delighted to announce our third BMC Ecology and Evolution image competition! Submit your images for a chance to highlight your research, win prizes, and have your visual stories featured in the journal. Find out more about last year’s competition winner and how you can submit your images here.

The competition provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase research and the beauty of nature to a broad audience. Anyone affiliated with a research institution is eligible to enter one image into each of the following four categories:

1. Research in action. Images that showcase ecological or environmental biology research or capture experiences of conducting studies and collecting data.

2. Protecting our planet. Photos conveying efforts to support and raise awareness of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
- SDG6.6: Protect and restore water-related ecosystems
- SDG14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
- and SDG15: Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss.

3. Plants and Fungi. Photos depicting:
- The importance of plants and fungi in ecosystems
- The extraordinary way plants and fungi have evolved to attract insects to reproduce and ensure survival.
- Extinction risk and threats to plants and fungi.

4. Paleoecology. Images which provide glimpses into long-lost worlds (e.g., fossil assemblages, microfossils, paleohistology and paleoart). 

Are you ready to show your photographic talent?

Learn more about the competition and how to submit your image here.

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SDG Series

Explore the latest releases in the SDG book series based around SDG15 below. 

The SDG Series is Springer Nature’s inaugural cross-imprint book series that addresses and supports the United Nations’ seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. The Series is the first at Springer Nature to publish books under both the Springer and Palgrave Macmillan imprints, bringing the strengths of our imprints together. 

The Series is organized into eighteen subseries: one subseries based around each of the seventeen respective Sustainable Development Goals, and an eighteenth subseries, “Connecting the Goals,” which serves as a home for volumes addressing multiple goals or studying the SDGs as a whole. Each subseries is guided by an expert Subseries Advisor with years or decades of experience studying and addressing core components of their respective Goal.

SDG15 and Societal Impact

SDG15_95px © Springer Nature 2021Discover SDG15 researchers' attitudes towards societal impact in this downloadable infographic, part of a larger project in partnership with the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), exploring the role of open research in accelerating progress on global societal challenges. Learn more.

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