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Researcher Urges Caution on Rewilding to Restore Wild Spaces

Daniel_Simberloff-199x300Efforts to restore land back to its natural state by reintroducing wild animals have become increasingly popular in recent years.

A study co-authored by Dan Simberloff, a UT researcher, says scientific evidence supporting the potential benefits of this form of restoration is limited at best. The introduction of species into new places is often met with unexpected negative consequences for the environment.

The findings were published today in the Cell Press journal Current Biology.

Simberloff is the Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies in the UT Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

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