Science Communication

We have been involved in various science communication projects. We make video abstracts for our own research and also help other scientists. Publishers such as Wiley, Springer, Taylor & Francis, Science (AAAS), and The Royal Society Publishing endorsed our videos and connected them to academic publications. Wildlife Messengers is registered with Altmetric and our video abstracts show up in the papers’ attention scores. For each video abstract we produce, we also request a unique DOI via TIB AV-Portal. Feel free to contact us, if you need a video abstract for your research.

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Video Abstracts

Jaguar conservation and forest concessions in Guatemala and Peru (2021)

A video abstract of the peer-reviewed paper Do responsibly managed logging concessions adequately protect jaguars and other large and medium-sized mammals? Two case studies from Guatemala and Peru, published in Biological Conservation (2021).
Authors: Tobler MW, Garcia-Anleu R, Carrillo-Percastegui SE, Ponce-Santizo G, Polisar J, Zuñiga-Hartley A, Goldstein I
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What drives the illegal parrot trade in Indonesia? (2021)

A video abstract of the peer-reviewed paper What drives the illegal parrot trade? Applying a criminological model to market and seizure data in Indonesia, published in Biological Conservation (2021).
Authors: Pires SF, Olah G, Nandika D, Agustina D, Heinsohn R
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An endangered bird is forgetting its song as the species dies out (2021)

A video abstract of the peer-reviewed paper Loss of vocal culture and fitness costs in a critically endangered songbird, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2021).
Authors: Crates R, Langmore N, Ranjard L, Stojanovic D, Rayner L, Ingwersen D, Heinsohn R.
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Effective population size of the swift parrot (2020)

A video abstract of the peer-reviewed paper Comparison of three techniques for genetic estimation of effective population size in a critically endangered parrot, published in Animal Conservation (2020).
Authors: Olah G & Stojanovic D, Webb MH, Waples R, Heinsohn R.
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Parrots of Oceania (2020)

A video abstract of the peer-reviewed paper Parrots of Oceania – A comparative study of extinction risk, published in Emu – Austral Ornithology (2018) 118(1):94–112.
Authors: Olah G, Theuerkauf J, Legault A, Gula R, Stein J, Butchart S, O’Brien M, Heinsohn R.
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The global journey of storks (2018)

A video abstract of the peer-reviewed paper From local collective behavior to global migratory patterns in white storks, published in Science (2018) 360(6391):911–914.
Authors: Flack A, Nagy M, Fiedler W, Couzin ID, Wikelski M.


Mowing for Biodiversity (2018)

A video abstract of the peer-reviewed paper Annual mowing maintains plant diversity in threatened temperate grasslands, published in Applied Vegetation Science (2018) 21:207–218.
Authors: Smith AL, Barrett RL, Milner RNC.
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Population genetics of the swift parrot (2018)

A video abstract of the peer-reviewed paper Genetic evidence confirms severe extinction risk for critically endangered swift parrots: implications for conservation management, published in Animal Conservation (2018) 21(4):313–323.
Authors: Stojanovic D & Olah G, Webb M, Peakall R, Heinsohn R.
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The drumming cockatoo (2017)

A video abstract of the peer-reviewed paper Tool assisted rhythmic drumming in palm cockatoos shares key elements of human instrumental music, published in Science Advances (2017) 3(6):e1602399.
Authors: Heinsohn R, Zdenek CN, Cunningham RB, Endler JA, Langmore NE.


Landscape Genetics (2017)

A video abstract of the peer-reviewed paper Exploring dispersal barriers using landscape genetic resistance modelling in scarlet macaws of the Peruvian Amazon, published in Landscape Ecology (2017) 32(2):445–456.
Authors: Olah G, Smith AL, Asner GP, Brightsmith DJ, Heinsohn RG, Peakall R.
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Macaw clay licks and genetics (2017)

A video abstract of the peer-reviewed paper The application of non-invasive genetic tagging reveals new insights into the clay lick use by macaws in the Peruvian Amazon, published in Conservation Genetics (2017) 18(5):1037–1046.
Authors: Olah G, Heinsohn RG, Brightsmith DJ, Peakall R.
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Status of Parrots (2016)

A video abstract of the peer-reviewed paper Ecological and socio-economic factors affecting extinction risk in parrots, published in Biodiversity and Conservation (2016) 25:205–223.
Authors: Olah G, Butchart SHM, Symes A, Guzmán IM, Cunningham R, Brightsmith DJ, Heinsohn R.
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Science Communication Videos

The Macaw Society: 20 Years of Research Explained (2020)

After 20 years of intense research The Macaw Project, directed by Dr. Donald Brightsmith and Gabriela Vigo, is ready for new challenges. They will be continuing the research in Tambopata but also expand to help species in areas where they are truly endangered and help implement direct conservation actions throughout the Americas. All these under a new name ‘The Macaw Society’ or ‘Sociedad Pro Guacamayos’ in Spanish. To celebrate these changes, we made a short video summarising the most important findings of the project from the past two decades.

The Macaw Society: New Beginnings (2020)

The Macaw Society (Sociedad Pro Guacamayos), previously known as the Tambopata Macaw Project, has moved out of the Tambopata Research Center in May 2020. Now, they are shifting gears, adding to their ongoing collaborations in Peru, adopting a much more global perspective, and working to establish new research alliances throughout the Neotropics and worldwide. Become part of their growing parrot conservation family!

The Palm Cockatoo (2017)

Cintia made a short film, which introduces the research and conservation activities for the elusive palm cockatoos in Cape York, Australia.
Researchers: Christina N. Zdenek and Robert Heinsohn from the Australian National University.

Conservation Training in Sri Lanka (2015)

As a scientist, living in a biologically magnificent place has certain responsibilities. You want to protect it, understand its secrets, and to share it with others. That is why we created the International Training Program on Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife and Primate Conservation.

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