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Cover: A dung beetle (family Scarabaeidae) in Zimbabwe. In the Atlantic Forest of Brazil, dung beetles are secondary dispersers of seeds in howler monkey feces, one of their preferred food sources. An experimental test of restoration of this and other ecological interactions following howler monkey reintroduction suggests reintroduction of frugivores may positively affect forest regeneration. See Genes et al. pp. 88–98.

Photographer: Michele Westmorland, a freelance photographer (Westmorland Images LLC) with a variety of photographic skills, has created a vast library of imagery from around the world. She is passionate about conservation and is a Founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. In addition to images of marine life, her cultural photographs have gained international recognition, and she understands the need to tell a visual story. She is also a Fellow National of the Explorers Club and a member of the Society of Woman Geographers, Wings WorldQuest, and the North American Nature Photography Association. Her photographs have appeared in Ocean Geographic, Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, Australasia Scuba Diving, Unterwasser, National Geographic Adventure & Traveler, Natures Best, Smithsonian, and Outside magazines. Michele has won many awards for her images from, for example, the Papua New Guinea Photographic Association, the Environmental Photography Invitational, and Photo District News. Michele's book Ocean Duets, published in 2006, focuses on the beauty of the underwater world. In 2011 Michele was inducted into the Woman Divers Hall of Fame. Michele believes in the power of imagery to motivate stewardship and protection of nature.

Use of this issue's cover photograph is made possible by a partnership between the Society for Conservation Biology and the International League of Conservation Photographers (ConservationPhotographers.org). The mission of iLCP is to translate conservation science into compelling visual messages targeted to specific audiences. The iLCP works with leading scientists, policy makers, government leaders, and conservation groups to produce the highest quality documentary images of both the beauty and wonder of the natural world and the challenges facing it. The members of iLCP have proven a commitment to conservation action, superior photographic skills, and the highest ethical standards.

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