Conservation funds are limited, and management agencies either explicitly or implicitly prioritize funding allocation among threatened species. Traditionally, agencies have often aimed to maximize the number of species they can help conserve. Recently many have argued that conserving phylogenetic diversity should be the goal, to ensure that as much of the Earth’s genetic library as possible is retained. In our paper, we find ways of efficiently balancing these two goals, to conserve the greatest possible combination of species and phylogenetic diversity with limited budgets. You can find the paper here. If you don’t have access to the journal Biological Conservation, please get in touch and I can send you a copy!
New paper: balancing phylogenetic diversity and species numbers in conservation