Sean Hoban wrote an obituary for his long-time colleague and true champion of conservation, Dr. Michael W Bruford, of Cardiff University. Dr. Bruford was a collaborative, supportive, inspiring, and highly productive scientist working in conservation, agriculture, and evolutionary biology.
Sean Hoban participated with a large number of experts in biodiversity monitoring to present a vision of a global biodiversity monitoring and information sharing platform which would be connected to predictive models and guide conservation action. This publication outlines the Global Biodiversity Observation System, GBIOS. Such a system would also highlight capacity building needs and better connect different knowledge sectors.
Genetic biodiversity is rapidly gaining attention in global conservation policy. However, for almost all species, conservation relevant, population-level genetic data are lacking, limiting the extent to which genetic diversity can be used for conservation policy and decision-making. Macrogenetics is an emerging discipline that explores the processes underlying population genetic composition at broad scales by aggregating and reanalyzing thousands of published genetic datasets. Here we argue that focusing macrogenetic tools on conservation needs will enhance decision-making for conservation practice and fill key data gaps for global policy.