ConR package published
Our paper introducing our new R package called ConR: Conservation with R is out in Ecology and Evolution.
ConR allows people to undertake preliminary conservation assessments for hundreds of taxa at a time. The package was specifically aimed to use IUCN criteria, in particular criteria needed for category B assessments. It is particularity suited to analyse large scale datasets containing many taxa, for example at country or even continental level. The output (tabular and graphical) provides an overview of threatened versus non threatened species, useful for identifying taxa or areas of conservation importance. In parralelel, ConR can be used to generated all the needed parameters to undertake full IUCN assessments, for example within the framework of Red Listing workshops or for monographic studies.
However, ConR output should not be taken as final IUCN ready assessments.
This package was mainly implemented by Gilles Daudy in R. The package comes with a complete and detail tutorial.
This article is a direct output of the RAINBIO project. The article is OPEN ACCESS
Below an example of one graphical output from ConR.
Dauby, G., Stévart, T., Droissart, V., Cosiaux, A., Deblauwe, V., Simo-Droissart, M., Sosef, M.S.M., Lowry II, P.P., Schatz, G.E., Gereau, R.E., & Couvreur, T.L.P. (2017) ConR: an R package to assist large scale multi-species preliminary conservation assessments using distribution data. Ecology and Evolution, 7, 11292–11303
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Thomas Couvreur, researcher in tropical biodiversity evolution