Submitted by: Natalie Sopinka
Does knowing how fast an animal’s heart beats help save it from extinction? If a plant only grows in acidic soil is it likely to become endangered? These are questions being asked in the growing field of conservation physiology. Scientists are now developing novel conservation strategies that incorporate an animal or plant’s physiology. Linking how an animal or plant works with its abundance is key for identifying how and which species will cope with intensifying environmental stressors like climate change. Conservation physiology research will guide policymakers and the public as to how we can best protect wild populations.