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Dr Stuart Butchart

Dr Stuart Butchart

Honorary Research Fellow

(Head of Science, Birdlife International)


Research Group

Conservation Science Group:
Honorary Research Fellow

Research Interests

I am Head of Science at BirdLife International, where I have worked since 2002. I lead a team with an overall remit to develop BirdLife’s global scientific data, research and priority-setting that underpins the Conservation Programmes implemented by the BirdLife Partnership of 120 national biodiversity conservation organisations around the world (one per country), and that provides a sound scientific basis for BirdLife’s policy, advocacy and communication work. This includes identifying which bird species worldwide are closest to extinction - by regularly assessing all 10,000 bird species for the IUCN Red List (in our role as Red List Authority for birds for IUCN). It also includes identifying some of the most important sites for biodiversity, by defining (and guiding the application of) the global criteria for identifying Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs; >12,800 now identified worldwide), as well as collaborative research to address questions such as: how will climate change impact the world’s birds and IBAs; where are the  most urgent priorities for eradicating invasive alien species; what are the major drivers of deforestation having greatest impact on bird species; what is the scope and severity of illegal killing and hunting of birds; how can the value of ecosystem services delivered  by important sites for biodiversity be assessed; what conservation actions are most urgent to implement and where; how can data from birds be used to track global environmental trends; what difference has conservation made; how can we measure conservation impact, etc.

Key Publications

Butchart, S. H. M., Clarke, M., Smith, B., Sykes, R., Scharlemann, J. P. W., Harfoot, M., Buchanan, G., Angulo, A., Balmford, A., Bertzky, B., Brooks, T. M., Carpenter, K. E., Comeros, M., Cornell, J.,  Ficetola, G. F., Fishpool, L. D. C.,  Harwell, H., Hilton-Taylor, C., Hoffmann, M., Joolia, A., Joppa, L., Kingston, N., May, I., Milam, A., Polidoro, B., Ralph, G., Richman, N., Rondinini, C.,  Skolnik, B., Spalding, M., Stuart, S. N., Symes, A., Taylor, J., Visconti, P. Watson, J. E. M. and Burgess, N. D. (2015) Shortfalls and solutions for meeting national and global protected area targets. Conserv. Lett. 8: 329–337.

Tittensor, D. P., Walpole, M., Hill, S. L. L., Boyce, D. G., Britten, G. L., Burgess, N. D., Butchart, S. H. M., Leadley, P. W., Regan, E. C., Alkamade, R., Baumung, R., Bellard, C., Bouwman, L., Bowles-Newark, N. J., Chenery, A. M., Cheung, W. W. L., Christensen, V., Cooper, H. D., Crowther, A. R., Dixon, M. J. R., Galli, A., Gaveau, V., Gregory, R. D., Gutierrez, N. L., Hirsch, T., Hoft, R., Januchowski-Hartley, S. R., Karmann, M., Krug, C. B., Leverington, F. J., Loh, J., Lojenga, R. K., Malsch, K., Marques, A., Morgan, D. H. W., Newbold, T., Noonan-Mooney, K., Pagad, S. N., Parks, B. C., Pereira, H. M., Robertson, T., Rondinini, C., Santini, L., Schindler, S., Sumaila, U. R., The, L. S. L., van Kolck, J., Visconti, V. and Ye, Y. (2014) A mid-term analysis of progress towards international biodiversity targets. Science 346: 241-244.

Peh, K, Balmford, A., Bradbury, R. B., Brown, C., Butchart, S. H. M., Hughes, F., Stattersfield, A. J., Thomas, D. H. L., Walpole, M., Bayliss, J., Gowing, D., Jones, J. P. G., Lewis, S. L., Mulligan, M., Pandeya, B., Stratford, C., Thompson, J. R., Turner, K., Vira, B., Willcock, S. and Birch, J. C. (2013) TESSA: a toolkit for rapid assessment of ecosystem services at sites of biodiversity conservation. Ecosystem Services 5: 51–57.

McCarthy, D., Donald, P. F., Scharleman, J. P. W., Buchanan, G. M., Balmford, A. P., Green, J. M. H., Bennun, L. A., Burgess, N., Fishpool, L. D. C., Garnett, S. T., Leonard, D. L., Maloney, R. F., Morling, P., Schaeffer, H. M., Symes, A., Widenfeld, D. A. and Butchart, S. H. M. (2012) Financial costs of meeting global biodiversity conservation targets: current spending and unmet needs. Science 338: 946-949.

Butchart, S. H. M., Scharlemann, J. P. W., Evans, M., Quader, S. Arinaitwe, J., Bennun, L. A., Besançon, C.,  Boucher, T., Bomhard, B., Brooks, T. M., Burfield, I. J., Burgess, N. D., Clay, R. P., Crosby,M. J.,Davidson, N. C. De Silva, N., Devenish, C., Dutson, G. C. L., Díaz Fernández, D. F., Fishpool, L. D. C., Foster, M., Hockings, M., Hoffmann, M., Knox, D., Larsen, F., Lamoreux, J. F., Loucks, C., May, I.,  Millett, J. Parr, M., Skolnik, B., Upgren, A. & Woodley, S. (2012)  Protecting important sites for biodiversity contributes to meeting global conservation targets. PLoS ONE 7(3): e32529.

Croxall, J. P, Butchart, S. H. M., Lascelles, B., Stattersfield, A.J., Sullivan, B., Symes, A. and Taylor, P. (2012) Seabird conservation status, threats and priority actions: a global assessment. Bird Conserv. Int. 22: 1-34.

Hoffmann, M., Hilton-Taylor, C., Angulo, A., Böhm, M., Brooks, T. M., Butchart, S. H. M. and 174 other authors (2010) The impact and shortfall of conservation on the status of the world’s vertebrates. Science 330: 1503-1509.

Butchart, S. H. M., Walpole, M., Collen, B., van Strien, A.,  Scharlemann, J. P. W., Almond, R. E. E.,  Baillie, J. E. M., Bomhard, B., Brown, C., Bruno, J., Carpenter, K. E., Carr, G. M.,  Chanson, J., Chenery, A. M.,  Csirke, J., Davidson, N. C., Dentener, F.,  Foster, M., Galli, A., Galloway, J. N., Genovesi, P., Gregory, R. D., Hockings, M., Kapos, V., Lamarque, J.-F., Leverington, F., Loh, J., McGeoch, M. A., McRae, L., Minasyan, A., Morcillo, M. H.,Oldfield, T. E. E., Pauly, D., Quader, S., Revenga, C., Sauer, J. R., Skolnik, B., Spear, D., Stanwell-Smith, D., Stuart, S. N., Symes, A., Tierney, M., Tyrrell,T. D., Vié, J. C. and Watson, R. (2010) Global biodiversity: indicators of recent declines. Science 328: 1164-1168.

McGeoch, M. A., Butchart, S. H. M., Spear, D., Marais, E., Kleynhans, E. J., Symes, A., Chanson, J. and Hoffmann, M. (2010) Global indicators of biological invasion: species numbers, biodiversity impact and policy responses. Divers. Distrib. 16: 95-108.

Salafsky, N., Salzer, D., Stattersfield, A. J., Hilton-Taylor, C., Neugarten, R., Butchart, S. H. M., Collen, B., Cox, N., Master, Lawrence, L., O’Connor, S. and Wilkie, D. (2008) A standard lexicon for biodiversity conservation: unified classifications of threats and actions. Conserv. Biol. 22: 897-911.

Ricketts, T. H., Dinerstein, E., Boucher, T., Brooks, T. M., Butchart, S. H. M., Hoffmann, M. Lamoreux, J. F., Morrison, J., Parr, M., Pilgrim, J. D., Rodrigues, A. S. L., Sechrest, W., Wallace, G. E.,  Berlin, K. Bielby, J., Burgess, N. D., Church, D. R., Cox, N., Knox, D., Loucks, C., Luck, G. W., Master, L. L., Moore, R., Naidoo, R., Ridgely, R., Schatz, G. E., Shire, G., Strand, H., Wettengel, W. and Wikramanayake, W. (2005) Pinpointing and preventing imminent extinctions. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA. 102: 18497–18501.

Butchart, S. H. M., Stattersfield, A. J., Baillie, J. E. M., Bennun, L. A., Stuart, S. N., Akçakaya, H. R., Hilton-Taylor, C. and Mace, G. M. (2004) Measuring global trends in the status of biodiversity: Red List Indices for birds. PLoS. Biol. 2: 2294–2304.

 

Other Publications

In press

Brochet, A.-L., Van den Bossche, W., Jbour, S., Ndang’ang’a, K., Jones, V., Abdou, W. A. L. I., Al-Hmoud, A. R.,  Asswad, N. G., Atienza, J. C., Atrash, I., Barbara, N., Bensusan, K, Bino, T., Celada, C., Cherkaoui, S. M., Costa, J., Deceuninck, B., Etayeb, K. S., Feltrup-Azafzaf, C., Figelj, J., Gustin, M., Kmecl, P., Kotrosan, D.,  Laguna, J. M., , Lattuada, M., Leitão, D., Lopes, P., Lopez, P., Lucic, V., Micol, T., Perlman, Y., Piludu, N., Quaintenne, G., Ramadan-Jaradi, G., Ruzic, M., Sarajlico, N., Saveljic, D., Sheldon, R. D., Shialis, T., Thompson, C., Brunner, A., Grimmett, R. and Butchart, S. H. M. (in press) Preliminary assessment of the scope and scale of illegal killing and taking of birds in the Mediterranean. Bird Conserv. Internat.

Jones, H. P., Holmes, N. D., Butchart, S. H. M., Tershy, B. R., Kappes, P. J., Corkery, I., Aguirre-Muñoz, A., Armstrong, D. P., Bonnaud, E., Burbidge, A. A., Campbell, K., Courchamp, F., Cowan, P., Cuthbert, R. J., Ebbert, S., Genovesi, P., Keitt, B. S., Kress, S. W., Miskelly, C. M., Oppel, S., Poncet, S., Rauzon, M. J., Rocamora, G., Russell, J. C., Samaniego-Herrera, A., Seddon, P. J., Spatz, D. R., Towns, D. R. and Croll, D. A. (in press) Invasive mammal eradication on islands results in substantial conservation gains. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci USA.

Juffe-Bignoli, D., Harrison, I., Butchart, S. M. B., Flitcroft, R., Hermoso, V., Jonas, H., Lukasiewicz, A., Thieme, M., Turak, E., Bingham, H., Dalton, J., Darwall, W., Deguignet, M., Dudley, N., Gardner, R., Higgins, J., Kumar, R., Linke, S., Milton, G. R., Pittock, J., Smith, K. G., van Soesbergen, A. (in press) Achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 to improve protected areas performance and conserve freshwater biodiversity. Aquatic Conserv.: Marine Freshwater Ecosystems.

2016

Brooks, T. M., Akçakaya, H. R., Burgess, N. D., Butchart, S. H. M., Hilton-Taylor, C., Hoffmann, M., Juffe-Bignoli, D., Kingston, N., MacSharry, B., Parr, M., Perianin, L., Regan, E., Rodrigues, A. S. L., Rondinini, C., Shennan-Farpon, Y. and Young, B. E. (2016) Analysing biodiversity and conservation knowledge products to support regional environmental assessments. Sci. Data. 3: 160007.

Butchart, S. H. M., Brooks, T. M., Scharlemann, J. P. W and Mwangi, M. A. K. (2016) Monitoring Protected Area coverage and impact on Key Biodiversity Areas, Important Bird Areas, and Alliance for Zero Extinction sites. Pp. in Joppa, L. N., Baillie, J. E. M. and Robinson, J., G., Protected areas: are they safeguarding biodiversity? Cambridge: Wiley-Blackwell.

Gilroy, J. J., Gill, J. A., Butchart, S. H. M., Jones, V. R. and Franco, A. M. A. (2016) Migratory diversity predicts population declines in birds. Ecol. Lett. 19: 308-317.

Joppa, L. N., Butchart, S. H. M., Hoffmann, M., Bachman, S., Akcakaya, H. R., Moat, J., Böhm, M., Holland, R. A., Newton, A., Polidoro, B. and Hughes, A. (2016) The impact of alternative metrics on estimates of Extent of Occurrence for extinction risk assessment. Conserv. Biol. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12591.

Olah, G., Butchart, S. H. M., Symes, A., Guzmán, I. M., Cunningham, R., Peakall, R., Brightsmith, D. J. and Heinsohn, R. (2016) Ecological and socio-economic correlates of conservation status in parrots (Psittaciformes). Biodiv. Conserv. DOI:10.​1007/​s10531-015-1036-z.

Thapa, I., Butchart, S. H. M., Gurunga, H., Stattersfield, A. J., Thomas, D. H. L., Birch, J. C. (2016) Using information on ecosystem services in Nepal to inform biodiversity conservation and local to national decision making. Oryx 50: 147–155.

Tracewski,L., Butchart, S. H. M., Donald, P. F., Evans, M., Fishpool, L. D. C. and Buchanan, G. M. (2016) Twenty-first century forest loss across a global network of important sites for biodiversity. Remote Sensing Ecol. Conserv. DOI: 10.1002/rse2.13.

2015

Baker, D. J., Burgess, N. D., Butchart, S. H. M., Hartley, A. J., Willis, S. G. (2015) Assessing climate change impacts for vertebrate fauna across the West Africa protected area network using regionally appropriate climate projections. Diversity Distributions 21: 1101–1111.

Brooks, T. M., Butchart, S. H. M., Cox, N. A., Heath, M., Hilton-Taylor, C., Hoffmann, M., Kingston, N., Rodríguez, J. P., Smart, J. and Stuart, S. (2015) Harnessing biodiversity and conservation knowledge products to track the Aichi Targets and Sustainable Development Goals. Biodiversity. 16: 157-174.

Butchart, S. H. M., Clarke, M., Smith, B., Sykes, R., Scharlemann, J. P. W., Harfoot, M., Buchanan, G., Angulo, A., Balmford, A., Bertzky, B., Brooks, T. M., Carpenter, K. E., Comeros, M., Cornell, J.,  Ficetola, G. F., Fishpool, L. D. C.,  Harwell, H., Hilton-Taylor, C., Hoffmann, M., Joolia, A., Joppa, L., Kingston, N., May, I., Milam, A., Polidoro, B., Ralph, G., Richman, N., Rondinini, C.,  Skolnik, B., Spalding, M., Stuart, S. N., Symes, A., Taylor, J., Visconti, P. Watson, J. E. M. and Burgess, N. D. (2015) Shortfalls and solutions for meeting national and global protected area targets. Conserv. Lett. 8: 329–337.

Di Marco, M., Brooks, T. M., Cuttelod, A., Fishpool, L. D. C., Rondinini, C., Smith, R. E., Butchart, S. H. M. et al (2015) Measuring the relative irreplaceability of Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas. Conserv. Biol. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12609.

Di Marco, M., Butchart, S. H. M., Visconti, P., Buchanan, G. M., Ficetola, G. F. and Rondinini, R. (2015) Synergies and trade-offs in achieving global biodiversity targets. Conserv. Biol. doi:10.1111/cobi.12559

Keith, D., Akçakaya, R., Butchart, S. H. M., Collen, B., Dulvy, N., Holmes, E., Hutchings, J. A., Keinath, D., Schwartz, M., Shelton, O. and Waples, R. (2015) Temporal correlations in population trends:  Conservation implications from time-series analysis of diverse animal taxa. Biol. Conserv. 192: 247–25.

Pacifici, M. Foden, W. B., Visconti, P., Butchart, S. H. M., Kovacs, K. M., Hole, D. G., Corlett, R. T., Akçakaya,  H. R., Bickford, D., Carr, J. A., Huntley, B., Martin, T. G., Pearson, R. G., Williams, S. E., Willis, S. G., Young, B., Watson, J. E. M. and Rondinini, C. (2015) Assessing species vulnerability to climate change: a review of alternative metrics and approaches. Nature Climate Change.5: 215-225.

Pearce-Higgins, J. W., Ockendon, N., Baker, D. J., Carr, J. A., White, E., Almond, R. E. A., Amano, T., Bertram, E., Bradbury, R. B., Bradley, C., Butchart, S. H. M., Doswald, N., Foden, W., Gill, D. J. C., Green, R. E., Sutherland, W. J., Tanner, E. V. J. (2015) Geographic variation in species’ population responses to changes in temperature and precipitation. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B. 282: 20151561.

Regan, E. C., Santini, L., Ingwall-King, L., Hoffmann, M., Rondinini, C., Symes, A., Taylor, J. and Butchart, S. H. M. (2015) Global trends in the status of bird and mammal pollinators. Conserv. Lett. 8: 397-403.

Runge, C. A., Watson, J. E. M., Butchart, S. H. M., Hanson, J. O., Possingham, H. P. and Fuller, R. A. (2015) Protected area coverage and migratory birds. Science 350: 1255-1258.

Segan. D. B., Hole, D. G., Donatti, C. I., Zganjar, C., Martin, S., Butchart, S. H. M. and Watson, J. E. M. (2015) Considering the impact of climate change on human communities significantly alters the outcome of species and site-based vulnerability assessments. Diversity Distrib. 21: 991–1003.

Visconti, P., Baisero, D., Brooks, T. M., Butchart, S. H. M., Joppa, L., Alkemade, R., Bakkenes, M., Di Marco, M., Santini, L., Hoffmann, M., Maiorano, L., Pressey, R. L., Arponen, A., Boitani, L., Reside, A., van Vuuren, D. and Rondinini, C. (2015) Projecting global biodiversity indicators under future development scenarios. Conserv. Lett. 9: 5-13.

Willis, S. G., Foden, W., Baker, D. J., Bellec, E., Burgess, N. D., Carr, J., Doswald, N., Garcia, R. A., Hartley, A., Hof, C., Newbold, T., Rahbekh, C., Smith, R. G., Visconti, P., Young, B. and Butchart, S. H. M. (2015) A framework methodology for integrating climate change vulnerability assessments from Species Distribution Models and Trait-based Approaches for use in systematic conservation planning. Biol. Conserv. 190: 167–178.

2014

Akçakaya, H. R., Butchart, S. H. M., Watson, J. E. M. and Pearson, R. G. (2014) Preventing species extinctions resulting from climate change. Nature Climate Change 4: 1048-1049.

Birch, J. C., Thapa, I., Balmford, A. P., Bradbury, R. B., Brown, C., Butchart, S. H. M., Gurung, H., Hughes, F. M., Mulligan, M., Pandeya, B., Peh, K. S., Stattersfield, A. J., Walpole, M., Thomas, D. H. (2014) What benefits do community forests provide, and to whom? A rapid assessment of ecosystem services from a Himalayan forest in Nepal. Ecosystem Services. 8: 118–127.

Collar, N. J. and Butchart, S. H. M. (2014) Conservation breeding and avian diversity: chances and challenges. Internat. Zoo. Yearbook 48: 7–28.

Dawson, J., Oppel, S., Cuthbert, R., Holmes, N., Bird. J., Butchart S. H. M., Spatz, D. and Tershy, B. (2014) Prioritising islands for the eradication of invasive vertebrates in the UK overseas territories. ConservBiol 29: 143-153.

Han, X., Smyth, R. L., Young, B. E., Brooks, T. M., Sánchez de Lozada, A., Butchart, S. H. M., Larsen, F. W., Rodrigues, A. S. L. and Turner, W. R. (2014) A biodiversity indicators dashboard: addressing challenges to monitoring progress towards the Aichi biodiversity targets using disaggregated global data. PloS ONE 9: e112046.

La Sorte, F. A., Butchart, S. H.M., Jetz, W. and Böhning-Gaese, K. (2014) Range-wide latitudinal and elevational temperature gradients for the world's terrestrial birds: implications under global climate change. PLoS ONE 9(5): e98361.

Newbold, T., Hudson, L., Phillips, H. R. P., Hill, S. L. L., Contu, S., Lysenko, I., Blandon, A., Butchart, S. H. M., Booth, H. L., Day, J. De Palma, A., Harrison, M. L. K., Kirkpatrick, L., Pynegar, E., Robinson, A., Simpson, J., Mace, G. M., Scharlemann, J. P. W. and Purvis. A. (2014) A global model of the response of tropical and sub-tropical forest biodiversity to anthropogenic pressures. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B. 281: 20141371.

Newbold, T., Scharlemann, J. P. W., Butchart, S. H. M., Şekercioğlu, C. H., Joppa, L., Alkemade, R. and Purves, D. W. (2014) Functional traits, land-use change and the structure of tropical forest bird communities. Global Ecol. Biogeog. 23: 1073–1084.

Ockendon, N., Baker, D. J., Carr, J. A., White, E., Almond, R. E. A., Amano, T., Bertram, E., Bradbury, R. B., Bradley, C., Butchart, S. H. M., Doswald, N., Foden, W., Gill, D., Green, R. E., Sutherland, W. J., Tanner, E. V. J. and Pearce-Higgins, J. W. (2014) Mechanisms underpinning the impact of climate change on global biodiversity: altered species interactions are more important than direct effects. Global Change Biol. 20: 2221–2229.

Peh, S.-H., Balmford, A. P., Birch, J. C., Brown, C., Butchart, S. H. M., Daly, J., Dawson, J., Grey, G., Hughes, F. M. R., Mendes, S., Millett, J., Stattersfield, A. J., Thomas, D. H. L., Walpole, M. and Bradbury, R. B. (2014) Potential impacts of invasive alien species on ecosystem services provided by tropical a forested ecosystem: a case study from Montserrat. Biological Invasions. 17: 461-475.

Peh, S.-H., Balmford, A. P., Field, R. H., Lamb, A., Birch, J. C., Bradbury, R. B., Brown, C., Butchart, S. H. M., Lester, M., Morrison, R., Sedgwick, I., Soan, C., Stattersfield, A. J., Stroh, P., Swetnam, R., Thomas, D. H. L., Walpole, M., Warrington, S. and Hughes, F. M. R. (2014) Benefits and costs of ecological restoration: Rapid assessment of changing ecosystem service values at a UK wetland. Ecol. Evol. 4: 3875–3886.

Rodrigues, A. S. L, Brooks, T. M., Butchart, S. H. M., Chanson, J., Cox, N., Hoffmann, M. and Stuart, S. N. (2014) Spatially explicit trends in the global conservation status of vertebrates. PLoS ONE 9: e113934.

Rondinini, C., Di Marco, M., Visconti, P., Butchart, S. H. M. and Boitanti, L. (2014) Update or outdate: long-term viability of the IUCN Red List. Conserv. Lett. 7: 126-130.

Spatz, D., Newton, K., Heinz, R., Croll, D., Tershy, B., Holmes, N. and Butchart, S. H. M. (2014) The biogeography of globally threatened seabirds and island conservation opportunities. Conserv. Biol. 28: 1282–1290.

Tittensor, D. P., Walpole, M., Hill, S. L. L., Boyce, D. G., Britten, G. L., Burgess, N. D., Butchart, S. H. M., Leadley, P. W., Regan, E. C., Alkamade, R., Baumung, R., Bellard, C., Bouwman, L., Bowles-Newark, N. J., Chenery, A. M., Cheung, W. W. L., Christensen, V., Cooper, H. D., Crowther, A. R., Dixon, M. J. R., Galli, A., Gaveau, V., Gregory, R. D., Gutierrez, N. L., Hirsch, T., Hoft, R., Januchowski-Hartley, S. R., Karmann, M., Krug, C. B., Leverington, F. J., Loh, J., Lojenga, R. K., Malsch, K., Marques, A., Morgan, D. H. W., Newbold, T., Noonan-Mooney, K., Pagad, S. N., Parks, B. C., Pereira, H. M., Robertson, T., Rondinini, C., Santini, L., Schindler, S., Sumaila, U. R., The, L. S. L., van Kolck, J., Visconti, V. and Ye, Y. (2014) A mid-term analysis of progress towards international biodiversity targets. Science 346: 241-244.

Venter, O., Fuller, R. A., Segan, D. B., Carwardine, J., Brooks, T., Butchart, S. H. M., Di Marco, M., Iwamura, T., Joseph, L., Possingham, H. P., Smith, R., Venter, M., Watson, J. E. M. (2014) Targeting global protected area expansion for imperilled biodiversity. PLoS Biol. 12(6): e1001891.

Young, R., Hudson, M. A., Terry, A. M. R., Jones, C. G., Lewis, R. E., Tatayah, V., Zuël, N and Butchart, S. H. M. (2014) Accounting for conservation: using the IUCN Red List Index to evaluate institution-level conservation impacts. Biol. Conserv. 180: 84–96.

2013

Almond, R. E. A., Butchart, S. H. M., Oldfield, T. E. E., McRae, L. and de Bie, S. (2013). Exploitation indices: developing global and national metrics of wildlife use and trade. Pp. 159-188 in B. Collen, N. Pettorelli, S. Durant and J. E. M. Baillie, Eds. Biodiversity monitoring and conservation: bridging the gaps between global commitment and local action. Cambridge: Wiley-Blackwell.

Buchanan, G. M., Fishpool, L. D. C., Evans, M. I. and Butchart, S. H. M. (2013) Comparing field-based monitoring and remote-sensing, using deforestation from logging at Important Bird Areas as a case study. Biol. Conserv. 167: 334–338.

Butchart, S. H. M. (2013) Clarify extinction risk. Nature 504: 370.

Butchart, S. H. M., Mcarthy, D., Balmford, A., Bennun, L. A., Buchanan, G. M., Burgess, N. D., Donald, P. F., Fishpool, L. D. C., Garnett, S. T., Leonard, D. L., Maloney, R. F., Schaefer, H. M., Scharlemann, J. P. W., Symes, A. and Wiedenfeld. D. A. (2013) Response to Shiel et al. Whose conservation costs? Science 339: 271-272.

Foden, W., Butchart, S. H. M., Stuart, S. N., Vié, J.-C., Akçakaya, H. R., Angulo, A., DeVantier, L. M., Gutsche, A., Turak, E., Cao, L., Donner, S. D., Katariya, V., Bernard, R., Holland, R. A., Hughes, A. F., O’Hanlon, S. E., Garnett, S. T., Şekercioğlu, C. H. and Mace, G. M. (2013) Identifying the world's most climate change vulnerable species: a systematic trait-based assessment of birds, amphibians and corals. PLoS ONE 8(6): e65427.

Garnett, S. T., Franklin, D. C., Ehmke, G., VanDerWal, J. J., Hodgson, L., Pavey, C., Reside, A.E., Welbergen, J. A., Butchart, S. H. M., Perkins, G. C. and Williams, S. E. (2013) Climate change adaptation strategies for Australian birds. Brisbane, Australia: National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.

Genovesi, P., Butchart, S. H. M., McGeoch, M. A. and Roy, D. B. (2013) Indices of invasion: how to monitor invasive species. Pp. 138-158 in B. Collen, N. Pettorelli, S. Durant and J. E. M. Baillie, Eds. Biodiversity monitoring and conservation: bridging the gaps between global commitment and local action. Cambridge: Wiley-Blackwell.

Hannah, L., Ikegami, M., Hole, D. G., Seo, C., Butchart, S. H. M. and Peterson, A. T. (2013) Global climate change adaptation priorities for biodiversity and food security. PLoS ONE 8: e72590.

Jones, J. P. G., Asner, G. P., Butchart, S. H. M. and Karanth, K. U. (2013) The ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ of monitoring for conservation. Pp. 327-343 in MacDonald, D. W and Willis, K. J., Eds. Key Topics in Conservation Biology 2. Cambridge: Wiley-Blackwell.

Le Saout, S. Hoffmann, M., Yichuan, S., Hughes, A., Bernard, C. Brooks, T. M., Bertzky, B., Butchart, S. H. M., Stuart, S. N., Badman, T. and Rodrigues, A. S. L. (2013) Protected areas and effective biodiversity conservation. Science 342: 803-805.

Mace, G. M., Foden, W. and Butchart, S. H. M. (2013) Indicators of climate change impacts on biodiversity. Pp. 120-137 in B. Collen, N. Pettorelli, S. Durant and J. E. M. Baillie, Eds. Biodiversity monitoring and conservation: bridging the gaps between global commitment and local action. Cambridge: Wiley-Blackwell.

Newbold, T, Scharlemann, J. P. W., Butchart, S. H. M., Sekercioglu, C. H., Alkemade, R., Booth, H. and Purves, D. W. (2013) Ecological traits affect the response of tropical forest bird species to land-use change. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B. Doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.2131.

Peh, K, Balmford, A., Bradbury, R. B., Brown, C., Butchart, S. H. M., Hughes, F., Stattersfield, A. J., Thomas, D. H. L., Walpole, M., Bayliss, J., Gowing, D., Jones, J. P. G., Lewis, S. L., Mulligan, M., Pandeya, B., Stratford, C., Thompson, J. R., Turner, K., Vira, B., Willcock, S. and Birch, J. C. (2013) TESSA: a toolkit for rapid assessment of ecosystem services at sites of biodiversity conservation. Ecosystem Services 5: 51–57.

Pereira, H. M., Ferrier, S., Walters, M., Geller, G., Jongman, R. H. G, Scholes, R. J., Bruford, M., Brummitt, N., Butchart, S. H. M., Cardoso, A., Coops, N. C., Dulloo, E., Faith, D. P., Freyhof, J., Gregory, R. D., Heip, C., Höft, R., Hurtt, G., Jetz, W., Karp, D., McGeoch, M. A., Obura, D., Onoda, Y, Pettorelli, N., Reyers, B., Sayre, R., Scharlemann, J. P. W, Stuart, S. N., Turak, E., Walpole, M. and Wegmann, M. (2013)  Essential Biodiversity Variables for Global Earth Observation. Science 339: 277-278.

Phalan, B., Bertzsky, M., Butchart, S. H. M., Donald, P. F., Scharlemann, J. P. W., Stattersfield, A. J. and Balmford, A. P. (2013) Crop expansion and conservation priorities in tropical countries. PLoS ONE 8: e51759.

Somveille, M. P., Manica, A., Butchart, S. H. M. and Rodrigues, A. S. L. (2013) Mapping global diversity patterns for migratory birds. PLoS ONE 8(8): e70907.

2012

Bagchi, R., Crosby, M., Huntley, B., Hole, D., Collingham, Y., Butchart, S. H.M. and Willis, S. G. (2012) Evaluating the effectiveness of conservation site networks under climate change: accounting for uncertainty. Global Change Biol. 19: 1236-1248.

Butchart, S. H. M., Scharlemann, J. P. W., Evans, M., Quader, S. Arinaitwe, J., Bennun, L. A., Besançon, C.,  Boucher, T., Bomhard, B., Brooks, T. M., Burfield, I. J., Burgess, N. D., Clay, R. P., Crosby, M. J., Davidson, N. C. De Silva, N., Devenish, C., Dutson, G. C. L., Díaz Fernández, D. F., Fishpool, L. D. C., Foster, M., Hockings, M., Hoffmann, M., Knox, D., Larsen, F., Lamoreux, J. F., Loucks, C., May, I.,  Millett, J. Parr, M., Skolnik, B., Upgren, A. & Woodley, S. (2012)  Protecting important sites for biodiversity contributes to meeting global conservation targets. PLoS ONE 7(3): e32529.

Croxall, J. P, Butchart, S. H. M., Lascelles, B., Stattersfield, A.J., Sullivan, B., Symes, A. and Taylor, P. (2012) Seabird conservation status, threats and priority actions: a global assessment. Bird Conserv. Int. 22: 1-34.

Hutchings, J., Butchart, S. H. M., Collen, B., Schwartz, M. K. and Waples, R. S. (2012) Red flags: correlates of impaired species recovery. Trends Ecol. Evol. 27: 542-546.

McBride, M. F., Garnett, S. T., Szabo, J. K., Burbidge, A. H., Butchart, S. H. M., Christidis, L., Dutson, G., Ford, H. A., Loyn, R. H., Watson, D. M. and Burgman, M. A. (2012) Structured elicitation of expert judgements for threatened species assessment: a case study on a continental scale using email. Methods Ecol. Evol. 3: 906-920.

McCarthy, D., Donald, P. F., Scharleman, J. P. W., Buchanan, G. M., Balmford, A. P., Green, J. M. H., Bennun, L. A., Burgess, N., Fishpool, L. D. C., Garnett, S. T., Leonard, D. L., Maloney, R. F., Morling, P., Schaeffer, H. M., Symes, A., Widenfeld, D. A. and Butchart, S. H. M. (2012) Financial costs of meeting global biodiversity conservation targets: current spending and unmet needs. Science 338: 946-949.

Newbold, T, Scharlemann, J. P. W., Butchart, S. H. M., Sekercioglu C. and Purves, D. W. (2012) Mapping functional traits: comparing abundance and presence-absence estimates at large spatial scales. PloS ONE 7(8): e44019.

Szabo, J. K., Butchart, S. H. M., Possingham, H. P. and Garnett, S. T. (2012) Adapting global biodiversity indicators to the national scale: a Red List Index for Australian birds. Biol. Conserv. 148: 61-68.

Szabo, J. K., Khwaja, N., Garnett, S. T. and Butchart, S. H. M. (2012) Global patterns and drivers of avian extinctions at the species and subspecies level. PloS ONE 7: e47080.

2011

Akçakaya, H. R.,  Mace, G. M., Gaston, K. J.,  Regan, H., Punt, A., Butchart, S. H. M.,  Keith, D. A.,  Gärdenfors, U. (2011) The SAFE index is not safe! Front. Ecol. Environ. 9: 485-486.

Beresford, A., Buchanan, G., Donald, P., Butchart, S. H. M., Fishpool, L. D. C. and Rondinini, C. (2011) Minding the protection gap: estimates of species’ range size and holes in the protected area network. Anim. Conserv. 14: 114-116.

Beresford, A., Buchanan, G., Donald, P., Butchart, S. H. M., Fishpool, L. D. C. and Rondinini, C. (2011) Poor overlap between the distribution of Protected Areas and globally threatened birds in Africa. Anim. Conserv. 14: 99–107.

Bird, J. P., Buchanan, G. M. Lees, A. C., Clay, R. P., Develey, P. F., Yépez, I. and Butchart, S. H. M. (2011) Integrating spatially explicit habitat projections into extinction risk assessments: a reassessment of Amazonian avifauna incorporating projected deforestation. Divers. Distrib. 18: 273-281.

Buchanan, G. M., Donald, P. F. and Butchart, S. H. M. (2011) Identifying priority areas for conservation: a global assessment for forest-dependent birds. PloS ONE 6: e29080.

Collar, N. J., Butchart, S. H. M., Brooks, T. M., Stuart, S. N. and Mittermeier, R. A. (2011) Biodiversity: blessing not blunder. BioScience 4: 254.

Garnett, S. T., Olsen, P., Butchart, S. H. M. and A. A. Hoffmann (2011) Did hybridisation save the Norfolk Island Boobook Owl or cause its extinction? Oryx 45: 500-504.

Hole, D. G., Huntley, B., Collingham, Y. C., Fishpool, L. D. C., Pain, D. J., Butchart, S. H. M. and Willis, S. G. (2011) Towards a management framework for protected area networks in the face of climate change. Conserv. Biol. 25: 305–315.

Rands, M. R. W., Adams, W. M., Bennun, L. A., Butchart, S. H. M., Clements, A., Coomes, D., Entwistle, Hodge, I., A., Kapos, V. Scharlemann, J. P. W, Sutherland, W. J., Vira, B. (2011) Response to Wu and Petriello. Science 331: 31.

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, R. Bomhard, B. Butchart, S. H. M. and Foster, M. (2011) Progress towards targets for protected area coverage in mountains: a multi-scale assessment. Biol. Conserv. 144: 2978–2983.

Sparks, T. H., Butchart, S. H. M., Balmford, A., Bennun, L., Stanwell-Smith, D., Walpole, M., Bates, N., Bomhard, B., Buchanan, G. M., Chenery, A. M., Collen, B., Csirke, J., Diaz, R. J., Dulvy, N. K., Fitzgerald, C., Kapos, V., Mayaux, P., Selig, E., Tierney, M., Waycott, M.. Wood, L. and Green, R. E. (2011) Linked indicator sets for addressing biodiversity loss. Oryx 45: 411-419.

2010

Balian, E., Harrison, I., Butchart, S. H. M., Chambers, P., Cordeiro, J., Cumberlidge, N., de Moor, F., Gascon, C., James, H., Kalkman, V., van Dijk, P. P and Yeo D. (2010). A Wealth of Life: Species Diversity in Freshwater Systems. Pp. 50-89 in R. A. Mittermeier, T. A. Farrell, I. J. Harrison, A. J. Upgren and T. M. Brooks, Freshwater – the essence of life. Washington, DC: Conservation International and CEMEX.

Butchart, S. H. M., Baillie, J. E. M., Chenery, A. M., Collen, B., Gregory, R. D. and Walpole, M., Collen, B. (2010) Response to Xu et al. National indicators show biodiversity progress. Science 329: 900-901.

Butchart, S. H. M, Brooks, T. M. and Symes, A. (2010) Aves. Pp 47-53 in J. E. M. Baillie, J. Griffiths, S. T. Turvey, J. Loh and B. Collen, eds. Evolution lost: status and trends of the world’s vertebrates. London: Zoological Society of London.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1469-1795.2011.00453.x/pdf

Butchart, S. H. M., Collar, N.  J., Stattersfield, A. J. and Bennun, L. A. (2010) Conservation of the world’s birds: the view from 2010. Pp. 13-68 in J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott and D. Christie Handbook of the world’s birds. Vol. 15. Barcelona, Spain: Lynx Edicions.

Butchart, S. H. M., Walpole, M., Collen, B., van Strien, A.,  Scharlemann, J. P. W., Almond, R. E. E.,  Baillie, J. E. M., Bomhard, B., Brown, C., Bruno, J., Carpenter, K. E., Carr, G. M.,  Chanson, J., Chenery, A. M.,  Csirke, J., Davidson, N. C., Dentener, F.,  Foster, M., Galli, A., Galloway, J. N., Genovesi, P., Gregory, R. D., Hockings, M., Kapos, V., Lamarque, J.-F., Leverington, F., Loh, J., McGeoch, M. A., McRae, L., Minasyan, A., Morcillo, M. H., Oldfield, T. E. E., Pauly, D., Quader, S., Revenga, C., Sauer, J. R., Skolnik, B., Spear, D., Stanwell-Smith, D., Stuart, S. N., Symes, A., Tierney, M., Tyrrell, T. D., Vié, J. C. and Watson, R. (2010) Global biodiversity: indicators of recent declines. Science 328: 1164-1168.

Hoffmann, M., Hilton-Taylor, C., Angulo, A., Böhm, M., Brooks, T. M., Butchart, S. H. M. and 174 other authors (2010) The impact and shortfall of conservation on the status of the world’s vertebrates. Science 330: 1503-1509.

McGeoch, M. A., Butchart, S. H. M., Spear, D., Marais, E., Kleynhans, E. J., Symes, A., Chanson, J. and Hoffmann, M. (2010) Global indicators of biological invasion: species numbers, biodiversity impact and policy responses. Divers. Distrib. 16: 95-108.

Mwangi, M. A. K., Butchart, S. H. M., Barasa, F., Bennun, L. A, Evans, M. I., Fishpool, L. D. C., Kanyanya, E., Madindou, I., Machekele, J., Matiku, P., Mulwa, R., Ngari, A.,  Stattersfield, A. J. and Siele, J. (2010) Tracking trends in key sites for biodiversity: a case study using Important Bird Areas in Kenya. Bird Conserv. Int. 20: 215–230.

Rands, M. R. W., Adams, W. M., Bennun, L. A., Butchart, S. H. M., Clements, A., Coomes, D., Entwistle, Hodge, I. A., Kapos, V. Scharlemann, J. P. W, Sutherland, W. J., Vira, B. (2010) Biodiversity conservation beyond 2010. Science 329, 1298-1303.

Sutherland, W. J. Armstrong, D., Butchart, S. H. M., Earnhardt, J., Ewen, J. Jamieson, I., Jones, C. G., Lee, R., Newbery, P., Nichols, J., Parker, K. A., Sarrazin, F., Seddon, P., Shah, N., Tatayaha, V.  (2010) Standards for documenting and monitoring bird reintroduction projects. Conserv. Lett. 3: 229-235.

Thieme, M. L., Turak, E., McIntyre, P., Darwall, W., Tockner, K., Cordeiro, J. and  Butchart, S. H. M. (2010) Freshwater ecosystems under threat. Pp. 118-151 in R. A. Mittermeier, T. A. Farrell, I. J. Harrison, A. J. Upgren and T. M. Brooks, Freshwater – the essence of life. Washington, DC: Conservation International and CEMEX.

2009

Bubb, P. J., Butchart, S. H. M., Collen, B., Dublin, H., Kapos, V., Pollock, C., Stuart, S. N., Vié, J-C. (2009) IUCN Red List Index: Guidance for national and regional use. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.

Butchart, S. H. M. and Bird, J. (2009) Data Deficient birds on the IUCN Red List: what don’t we know and why does it matter? Biol. Conserv. 143: 239-247.

Hole, D. G., Huntley, B., Pain, D. J., Fishpool, L. D. C., Butchart, S. H. M., Collingham, Y. C., Rahbek, C. and Willis, S. G. (2009) Projected impacts of climate change on a continental-scale protected area network. Ecol. Lett. 12: 420-431.

Salafsky, N., Butchart, S. H. M., Hilton-Taylor, C., Neugarten, R., Salzer, D. and Stattersfield, A. J. (2009) Pragmatism and practice in classifying threats: a reply to Balmford et al. Conserv. Biol. 23:488-493.

Walpole, M., Almond, R., Besançon, C., Butchart, S. H. M., Campbell-Lendrum, D., Carr, G. M., Collen, B., Collette, L, Davidson, N. C., Fazel, A., Galloway, J. N., Gill, M., Goverse, T., Hockings, M., Morgan, D. H. W., Revenga, C., Rickwood, C. J., Schutyser, F., Simons, S., Stattersfield, A. J., Tyrrell, T. and Vié, J.-C. (2009) Tracking progress towards the 2010 Biodiversity Target and beyond. Science 325: 1503-1504.

2008

Baillie, J. E. M.,  Collen, B., Amin, R., Akcakaya, H. R.,  Butchart, S. H. M., Brummitt, N., Meagher, T. R., Ram, M. and Hilton-Taylor, C. (2008) Toward monitoring global biodiversity Conserv. Lett. 1: 18-26.

Boyd, C., Brooks, T. M., Butchart, S. H. M., da Fonseca, G. A. B., Hawkins, A. F. A., Hoffmann, M., Sechrest, W. W., Stuart, S. N., van Dijk, P. P. and Edgar, G. J. (2008) Spatial scale and the conservation of threatened species. Conserv. Lett. 1: 37-43.

Brooke, M. de L., Butchart, S. H. M., Garnett, S. T., Crowley, G. M., Mantila-Beniers, N. B and Stattersfield, A. J.  (2008) Rates of movement of threatened bird species between IUCN Red List categories and toward extinction. Conserv. Biol. 22: 417–427.

Buchanan, G. M., Butchart, S. H. M., Dutson, G. C. L., Pilgrim, J. D., Steininger, M., Bishop, K. D. and Mayaux, P. (2008) Using remote sensing to inform conservation status assessment: Estimates of recent deforestation rates on New Britain and the impacts upon endemic birds Biol. Conserv. 141:56–66.

Butchart, S. H. M. (2008) Red List Indices to measure the sustainability of species use and impacts of invasive alien species. Bird Conserv. Int. 18 (suppl.) 245-262.

Foden, W, Mace, G., Vié, J.-C., Angulo, A., Butchart, S., DeVantier, L., Dublin, H., Gutsche, A., Stuart, S. and Turak, E. (2008) Species susceptibility to climate change impacts. Pp. 77-88 in: J.-C. Vié, C. Hilton-Taylor and S. N. Stuart (eds). Wildlife in a changing world. An analysis of the 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.

Hilton-Taylor, C., Pollock, C., Chanson, J., Butchart, S. H. M., Oldfield, T. and Katariya, V. (2008) Status of the world’s species. Pp 15–42 in: J.-C. Vié, C. Hilton-Taylor and S. N. Stuart (eds). Wildlife in a changing world. An analysis of the 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.

Kirby, J. S., Stattersfield, A. J., Butchart, S. H. M., Evans, M. I., Grimmett, R. F. A., Jones, V., O’ Sullivan, J., Tucker, G. and Newton, I. (2008) Key conservation issues for migratory land- and waterbird species on the world's major flyways. Bird Conserv. Int. 18 (suppl.) 49-73.

Ohlemüller, R., Anderson, B. J., Araújo, M. B., Butchart, S. H. M., Kudrna, O. and Thomas, C. D. (2008) The coincidence of climatic and species rarity: high risk for rare species under global climate change. Biol. Lett. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2008.0097.

Salafsky, N., Salzer, D., Stattersfield, A. J., Hilton-Taylor, C., Neugarten, R., Butchart, S. H. M., Collen, B., Cox, N., Master, Lawrence, L., O’Connor, S. and Wilkie, D. (2008) A standard lexicon for biodiversity conservation: unified classifications of threats and actions. Conserv. Biol. 22: 897-911.

2007

Butchart, S. H. M. (2007) Birds to find: a review of ‘lost’, obscure and poorly known African bid species. Bull. Afr. Bird Club. 14: 139–157.

Butchart, S. H. M., Akçakaya, H. R., Chanson,J., Baillie, J. E. M.,  Collen, B., Quader, S., Turner, W. R., Amin, R., Stuart, S. N.,Hilton-Taylor, C. and Mace, G. M. (2007) Improvements to the Red List Index. PLoS ONE 2: e140.

Pilgrim, J. D., Brooks, T. M., Bryja, G., Butchart, S. H. M., de Silva, N., Fonseca, G. A. B., Foster, M., Hoffmann, M., Knox, D. H., Langhammer, P. F., Mittermeier, R. A., Sanderson, E. W., Sechrest, W. and Stuart, S. N. (2006) Threatened biodiversity. The human footprint as a measure of vulnerability. Pp. 115–125 in Sanderson, E. W., Gil, P. R., Mittermeier, C. G., Martin, V. G. and Kormos, C. F. The human footprint. Challenges for wilderness and biodiversity. Washington, D.C.: CEMEX.

2006

Akçakaya,H. R. Butchart,S. H. M., Mace,G. M., Stuart, S. N. and Hilton-Taylor, C. (2006) Use and misuse of the IUCN Red List criteria in projecting climate change impacts on biodiversity. Global Change Biol. 12: 2037–2043.

Burfield, I. Butchart, S., Nagy, S. and Van Bommel, F. (2006) Developing indicators for monitoring trends in the status of threatened birds in Europe. J. Ornithol. 147S: 17.

Butchart, S. H. M., Akcakaya, H. R., Kennedy, E. and Hilton-Taylor, C. (2006) Biodiversity indicators based on trends in conservation status: strengths of the IUCN Red List Index. Conserv. Biol. 20: 579–581.

Butchart, S. H. M., Stattersfield, A. J. and Brooks, T. M. (2006) Going or gone: defining ‘Possibly Extinct’ species to give a truer picture of recent extinctions. Bull. Brit. Orn. Club. 126A: 7–24.

Butchart, S. H. M., Stattersfield, A. J. and Collar, N. J. (2006) How many bird extinctions have we prevented? Oryx 40: 266–278.

Davies, N. B., Madden, J. R., Butchart, S. H. M. and Rutila, J. (2006) A host-race of the cuckoo Cuculus canorus with nestlings attuned to the parental alarm calls of the host species. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B. 273: 693-700.

Tobias, J. A., Butchart, S. H. M. and Collar, N. J. (2006) Lost and found: a gap analysis for the Neotropical avifauna. Neotropical Birding 1: 4–22.

2005

Butchart, S. H. M., Crosby, M. J., Collar, N. J. and Tobias, J. A. (2005) Lost and poorly known birds: top targets for birders in Asia. BirdingAsia. 3: 41–49.

Butchart, S. H. M., Stattersfield, A. J., Bennun, L. A., Akçakaya, H. R., Baillie, J. E. M., Stuart, S. N., Hilton-Taylor, C. and Mace, G. M. (2005) Using Red List Indices to measure progress towards the 2010 target and beyond. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc.1454: 255–268.

Langmore, N. E., Kilner, R. M., Butchart, S. H. M., Maurer, G., Davies, N. B., Cockburn, A., Macgregor, N., Peters, A., Magrath, M. J. L. and Dowling, D. (2005) The evolution of egg rejection by cuckoo hosts in Australia and Europe. Behav. Ecol. doi: 10.1093/beheco/ari041.

Ricketts, T. H., Dinerstein, E., Boucher, T., Brooks, T. M., Butchart, S. H. M., Hoffmann, M. Lamoreux, J. F., Morrison, J., Parr, M., Pilgrim, J. D., Rodrigues, A. S. L., Sechrest, W., Wallace, G. E.,  Berlin, K. Bielby, J., Burgess, N. D., Church, D. R., Cox, N., Knox, D., Loucks, C., Luck, G. W., Master, L. L., Moore, R., Naidoo, R., Ridgely, R., Schatz, G. E., Shire, G., Strand, H., Wettengel, W. and Wikramanayake, W. (2005) Pinpointing and preventing imminent extinctions. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA. 102: 18497–18501.

2004

Butchart, S. H. M., Stattersfield, A. J., Baillie, J. E. M., Bennun, L. A., Stuart, S. N., Akçakaya, H. R., Hilton-Taylor, C. and Mace, G. M. (2004) Measuring global trends in the status of biodiversity: Red List Indices for birds. PLoS. Biol. 2: 2294–2304.

Davies, N. B., Butchart, S. H. M, Madden, J. R. (2004) Learning fine-tunes a specific response of nestling to the parental alarm calls of their own species. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B. 271: 2297-2304.

2003

Butchart, S. H. M. (2003) Using the IUCN Red List criteria to assess species with declining populations. Conserv. Biol. 17: 1200-1201.

Butchart, S. H. M., Kilner, R. M., Fuisz, T. and Davies, N. B. (2003) Differences in the nestling begging calls of hosts and host-races of the common cuckoo Cuculus canorus. Anim. Behav.65: 345-354.

Davies, N. B., Butchart, S. H. M., Burke, T. A., Chaline, N. G. and Stewart, I. R. K. (2003) Reed warblers guard against cuckoos and cuckoldry. Anim Behav. 65: 285-295.

Seddon, N., Tobias, J. A., and Butchart, S. H. M. (2003) Group-living, breeding behaviour and territoriality in the Subdesert Mesite Monias benschi. Ibis 145: 277-294.

2002

Seddon, N, Butchart, S. H. M., and Odling-Smee, L. (2002) Duetting in the subdesert mesite (Monias benschi): evidence for acoustic mate-defence? Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 52: 7-16.

2000

Baker, G. C. and Butchart, S. H. M. (2000) Threats to the maleo Macrocephalon maleo and recommendations for its conservation. Oryx 34: 255-261.

Butchart, S. H. M. (2000) Population structure and breeding system of the sex-role reversed, polyandrous Bronze-winged Jacana Metopidius indicus. Ibis 142: 93-102.

Butchart, S. H. M. and Baker, G. C. (2000) Priority sites for conservation of maleos (Macrocephalon maleo) in central Sulawesi. Biol. Conserv. 94: 79-91.

Seddon, N., Tobias, J. Yount, J. W. Ramanampamonjy, J. R., Butchart, S. Randrianizahana, H. (2000) Conservation isues and priorities in the spiny forests of south-west Madagascar. Oryx 34: 287-304.

1999

Butchart, S. H. M. (1999) Sexual conflicts and copulations in polyandrous bronze-winged jacanas Metopidius indicus. Behav. 136: 443-468.

Butchart, S. H. M., Seddon, N. and Ekstrom, J. (1999) Yelling for sex: harem males compete for female access in bronze-winged jacanas. Anim. Behav. 57: 637-646.

Butchart, S. H. M., Seddon, N. and Ekstrom, J. (1999) Polyandry and competition for territories in bronze-winged jacanas. J. Anim. Ecol. 68: 928-939.

1997

Barnes, R., Butchart, S. H. M., Davies, C. W. N., Fernandez, M., and Seddon, N. (1997) New distributional information on eight bird species from northern Peru. Bull. Brit. Orn. Club. 117: 69-74.

Davies, C. W. N., Barnes, R., Butchart, S. H. M., Fernandez M. and Seddon, N. (1997) The conservation status of birds on the Cordillera de Colán, Peru. Bird Conserv. Int. 7: 181-195.

1996

Brooks, T. M., Clay, R. P., Lowen, J. C., Butchart, S. H. M., Barnes, R., Esquivel, E. Z., Etcheverry, N. I., and Vincent, J. (1996) New information on nine birds from Paraguay. Ornitologia Neotrop. 6:129-134.

Butchart, S. H. M., Brooks, T. M., Davies, C. W. N., Dharmaputra, G., Dutson, G. C. L., Lowen, J. C., and Sahu, A. (1996) The conservation status of forest birds on Flores and Sumbawa, Indonesia. Bird Conserv. Int. 6: 335-370.

Johnstone, R. E., Jepson, P., Butchart, S. H. M., Lowen, J. C. and Prawiradilaga, D. (1996) The birds of Sumbawa, Moyo and Sangeang islands, Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Records W. Aust. Mus. 18: 157-178.

Seddon, N., Barnes, R., Butchart, S. H. M., Davies, C. W. N.and Fernandez, M. (1996) Recent observations and notes on the ecology of the Royal Sunangel Heliangelus regalis. Bull. Brit. Orn. Club. 116: 46-49.

1995

Butchart, S. H. M., Barnes, R., Davies, C. W. N., Fernandez, M. and Seddon, N. (1995) Threatened mammals of the Cordillera de Colán. Oryx 29: 275-281.

Butchart, S. H. M., Barnes, R., Davies, C. W. N., Fernandez, M. and Seddon, N. (1995) Observations of two threatened primates in the Peruvian Andes. Primate Conserv. 16: 15-19.