Postdoctoral Researcher positions at Doñana Biological Station

Juan de la Cierva program

The Doñana Biological Station (Estación Biológica de Doñana, EBD; Seville, Spain) is seeking to incorporate postdoctoral researchers though the Juan de la Cierva program, financed by the Spanish government. We are looking for researchers that have an excellent track record in evolutionary biology, conservation biology, ecology or global change. This opportunity is open to researchers of all nationalities, and we are particularly interested in cultural diversity.

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Large carnivore damage in Europe: Analysis of compensation and prevention programs

Large carnivore damage in Europe: Analysis of compensation and prevention programs

The mitigation of conflicts associated with large carnivore damage to livestock and agriculture is pivotal to their conservation. Current programs to compensate and prevent large carnivore damage in 27 European countries and the factors related to the economic costs of these programs are evaluated here. Overall, high compensation costs are associated with free-ranging livestock (68% of total costs) and with national economic wealth. Contrary to general belief, the return of large carnivores does not always translate into higher compensation costs. This study identifies a tendency towards prioritizing compensation over prevention; only a few wealthy countries pay the majority of the money allocated for prevention programs to adapt husbandry practices to the presence of large carnivores. Results show that programs mainly focused on paying large compensation amounts will often fail to build tolerance towards predators. To mitigate conflicts and optimize the cost-effectiveness of publicly funded measures, responsible agencies should be proactive, focus on prevention-based policies and periodically evaluate the effectiveness of compensation and prevention programs in an adaptive manner. With this purpose and to identify further solutions for conflict mitigation, a pan-European database of damage occurrence, management actions and associated costs is called for. informacion[at] Bautista et al (2019) Large carnivore damage in Europe: analysis of compensation and prevention policies. Biol Conserv