Reviewing scientific literature is a common way to collate the evidence supporting particular ecological theories, or to assess the potential impacts of management interventions on ecosystems. However, this task is becoming highly onerous due to massive increases in the amount of scientific information that is now available. I am interested in how other disciplines have dealt with these problems, and how we can balance speed and rigour in future research synthesis.

Key articles:

MJ Westgate & DB Lindenmayer (2017) The difficulties of systematic reviews. Conservation Biology in press.

MJ Westgate, PS Barton, JC Pierson & DB Lindenmayer (2015) Text analysis tools for identification of emerging topics and research gaps in conservation scienceConservation Biology,  29(6): 1606-1614. [PDF (author’s version)]