How to improve our relationship with nature after coronavirus

Human encroachment on the environment is increasing the threat of diseases like COVID-19, but spending more time in nature could also be part of the solution to this pandemic.

Zita Sebesvari, Head of Environmental Vulnerability and Ecosystem Services, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), United Nations University • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: biodiversity covid-19 coronavirus zoonotic-diseases green-spaces coronavirus-insights

Museums preserve clues that can help scientists predict and analyze future pandemics

Genetic information that could help finger the next infectious threat is stored in museums around the world.

Richard Yanagihara, Professor of Pediatrics and Principal Investigator, Pacific Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Research, University of Hawaii • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: dna biodiversity covid-19 pandemic zoonotic-diseases infectious-disease-research natural-history-collections museums genetic-research

How forest loss has changed biodiversity across the globe over the last 150 years

New findings show how changes in land use have complex effects on animal and plant species.

Isla Myers-Smith, Chancellor's Fellow in Global Change Ecology, University of Edinburgh • conversation
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biodiversity trees forests wildlife deforestation forest-cover woodland forest-loss

Rewilding: rare birds return when livestock grazing has stopped

A decade of no grazing has demonstrated positive effects on the richness of bird species.

Lisa Malm, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Umeå University • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~26 min

Tags: biodiversity birds agriculture nature interdisciplinarity farming sheep grazing in-depth insights-series rewilding

Rewilding: lessons from the medieval Baltic crusades

The Baltic crusades had a long term impact on the local environment – 700 years later, the details of this are clear.

Rowena Banerjea, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Reading • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: environment biodiversity history archaeology interdisciplinarity rewilding medieval-history deep-time

Want to help rare birds? Dig a pond

Ponds create 'insect chimneys' which are a boon for hungry farmland birds.

Mike Jeffries, Associate Professor, Ecology, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
April 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: biodiversity birds insects agriculture bird-conservation farmland ponds

Insects: worldwide study reveals widespread decline since 1925

The largest study of insect declines to date gives us the best indication of how species all over the world are faring.

Stuart Reynolds, Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Bath • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity insects entomology bugs freshwater-biology insect-decline

Insects: worldwide study reveals general decline since 1925

The largest study of insect declines to date gives us the best indication of how species all over the world are faring.

Stuart Reynolds, Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Bath • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity insects entomology bugs freshwater-biology insect-decline

Camera traps completed one of the most thorough surveys of African rainforest yet

A new method of using camera traps has brought good and bad news for conservationists.

Barbara Fruth, Associate Professor, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  conservation  biodiversity  mammals  birds  rainforest  wildlife-monitoring  camera-traps  african-wildlife

It's OK to feed wild birds – here are some tips for doing it the right way

Millions of Americans feed wild birds, especially in winter and spring. Studies show that this can influence birds' health and behavior in surprising ways.

Julian Avery, Assistant Research Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
March 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  biodiversity  birds  ecology  citizen-science  wildlife  wildlife-conservation  ornithology  competition  bird-feeding  wildlife-biology

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