Conserving rare species when de-extinction is an option

9 May 2017

A new University of Queensland-led study argues that environmental decision science approaches can be used to consider the feasibility of drastic conservation actions such as bringing back extinct species (de-extinction).

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UQ’s School of Biological Sciences and Centre for Excellence in Environmental Decisions Dr Gwen Iacona said that scientific decision tools - such as mathematical modelling - used in modern conservation prioritisation could quantitatively and transparently weigh the pros and cons of potential de-extinction initiatives.

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