JLKendrick owlRecently on The Conversation, Dr Gwen Iacona and Dr Iadine Chades discussed how decision science can be applied to the question of whether or not we should bring back extinct species:

“De-extinction – the science of reviving species that have been lost – has moved from the realm of science-fiction to something that is now nearly feasible. Some types of lost mammals, birds or frogs may soon be able to be revived through de-extinction technologies. But just because we can, does it mean we should? And what might the environmental and conservation impacts be if we did?...”

“Our new paper shows that an approach known as “decision science” can help examine the feasibility of de-extinction and its likely impact on existing environmental and species management programs. Applied to the question of possible de-extinction programs in New Zealand, this approach showed that it would take money away from managing extant (still alive) species, and may lead to other species going extinct.”

Read the discussion on The Conversation HERE


Image: The laughing owl went extinct in New Zealand in 1914. Photographed by Kendrick, J. L. and with thanks from NZ Department of Conservation, Author provided.