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Editorials on research integrity

Treves, A. 2024.

Authors declare no competing interests—really? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (guest editorial) June 2024.

Treves, A. 2023.

Replace the ivory tower with the fire tower. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (guest editorial) p.355, doi:10.1002/fee.2676

Treves, A. 2022.

'Best available science' and the reproducibility crisis. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (guest editorial) 20(9):495, https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.2568

Treves, A. 2019

Scientific ethics and the illusion of naïve objectivity. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (guest editorial) 7:1.

Research articles

Treves A, Fergus, AR, Hermanstorfer, SJ, Louchouarn, NX, Ohrens, O, Pineda Guerrero, AA. 2024.

Gold-standard experiments to deter predators from attacking farm animals. Animal Frontiers 14(1)"40-52.

After years of research, our conclusions about non-lethal deterrents and how to design randomized, controlled trials with crossover design.

(1) The long-held belief that randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) are impossible in wild ecosystems with working livestock is laid to rest.

(2) Crossover designs reduce most confounding variables between subjects and strengthen inference beyond the gold-standard of RCTs, yet we describe limitations precisely.

(3) Non-lethal methods can be effective in preventing carnivore approaches and attacks on working livestock in fenced pastures or open rangelands. The relationship between approaches and attacks remains uncertain.

(4) Lethal methods of predator control have been subjected to less robust study designs that suggest mixed results including increases in livestock losses.

(5) Non-lethal methods promise the elusive triple-win for wildlife, domestic animals, and livelihoods.

Treves, A., Agan, SW, Langenberg, JA, Lopez-Bao, J.V., Louchouarn, NX. Parsons, DR, Rabenhorst, MF, Santiago-Ávila, FJ, 2024.

Commentary: rebutting Roberts et al.-- gray wolf (Canis lupus) mortality patterns in Wisconsin: a critique. Journal of Mammalogy in press 2024. COMING SOON


Expert Scientific Panel webinar recording ( 18 Oct. 2023)

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Treves, A., L. M. Elbroch, J. T. Bruskotter 2024.

Evaluating fact claims accompanying policies to liberalize the killing of wolves, peer-reviewed chapter TBA, In press. Alpha Wildlife Publications, Canada.

Treves, A. 2023.

Replace the ivory tower with the fire tower. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (guest editorial) p.355, doi:10.1002/fee.2676

Coming soon: Pre-prints available for download

Why use pre-prints?

To reach a larger number of peer scientists before an article goes through the publication process, we present our work in pre-print format. This also has the advantage of reaching the public and policy-makers more quickly. The downside is if we get something wrong (demonstrated by peer-reviewed work or a pre-print shared with us) yet it reached the public and went into effect. We accept that risk because of the pressing public need for scientific information for public policy. We will clearly communicate any corrections if we find an error.

Treves A, Khorozyan, I.

in review. Robust inference and errors in studies of wildlife control. Pre-print posted for pre-publication review at https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-3478813/v1

Abi R. Fergus, Samuel J. Hermanstorfer, Adrian Treves in review. Combining two non-lethal methods in crossover design randomized experiments. Pre-print posted for pre-publication review.