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Reversing “Empty Forest Syndrome” in Southeast Asia

National Geographic, February 8, 2017.

David Macdonald celebrates a coalition of conservationists that has drawn attention to the urgency of saving the world¹s mega-fauna

Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, January 26, 2017: A group of us, many of whom have been working together over our professional lifetimes, was led by Professor Bill Ripple in writing an article entitled ‘Saving the World’s Terrestrial Megafauna’.

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How OSU’s Dr. Ripple Has Helped Rewrite the Laws on Predators

The Corvallis Advocate, October 5, 2016: Ripple, now a Distinguished Professor and well known researcher, was just doing what comes naturally when he is curious. We call this the Ripple Effect. What exactly is the Ripple Effect you may wonder? In short it is the insatiable quest to unravel the mysteries of the natural world that is triggered when Ripple gets intrigued.

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Making a Mass Anti-Extinction Movement

Pacific Standard, August 9, 2016: With the preceding list as preamble, 43 scientists — mostly ecologists and biologists — took to the pages of the journal BioScience in late July with an audacious appeal: “We must not go quietly into this impoverished future.” The group, led by Oregon State University professor William Ripple, penned a manifesto of sorts to protest the imminent extinction of large carnivores and herbivores the world over.

The World’s Top Predators Are Dining From Dwindling Menus

National Geographic, August 2, 2016: William J. Ripple is an ecologist at Oregon State University who has been studying gray wolves, cougars, and other top predators for decades. Last year, he and his colleagues reviewed the status of the planet’s 31 largest carnivores—a list that includes lions, tigers, and bears, but also sea otters, dingoes, and lynxes. They found that 24 of these animals are in decline, and 17 have been confined to less than half of their original ranges.

Conservationists Warn Endangered Species Will Vanish Forever Unless We Act Now

The Huffington Post, July 27, 2016

Urgent Global Action Needed to Stop Extinction of Earth’s Last Megafauna

Cat Watch, National Geographic July 27, 2016

Conservation scientists call for global strategy to halt threatened animal extinctions

OSU Press Release, July 27, 2016: “The more I look at the trends facing the world’s largest terrestrial mammals, the more concerned I am we could lose these animals just as science is discovering how important they are to ecosystems and to the services they provide to people,” said William Ripple, distinguished professor of ecology in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and lead author. “It’s time to really think about conserving them because declines in their numbers and habitats are happening quickly.”

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Studies confirm effect of wolves, elk on tree recovery in Yellowstone National Park

OSU Press Release, May 5, 2016: An analysis of 24 studies over a 15-year period has confirmed that wolves and their influence on elk represent a major reason for the recovery of trees that had previously been declining for decades in Yellowstone National Park.

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Sabercats and Other Carnivores Kept the Ice Age World Green

National Geographic, Dec. 2, 2015: The huge herbivores of the Ice Age were ecosystem engineers. Wherever they went, mastodons, sloths, bison, and their ilk changed the landscape by eating, defecating, trampling, and otherwise going about their plant-mashing business. But they were not isolated agents. Following out the engineer analogy, the megaherbivores of times past had managers. These were the sabercats, hyenas, wolves, and other predators past.

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