Biodiversity: why foods grown in warm climates could be doing the most damage to wildlife

Food farmed in tropical and Mediterranean climates comes at a higher cost to biodiversity than that grown elsewhere.

Jessica J Williams, PhD Candidate in Conservation Science, UCL • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

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Whale sharks: boat strikes in protected areas could be harming the animals' development

This is the first study to link human activity with a change in whale sharks’ life stages.

Jessica Harvey-Carroll, PhD Researcher, University of St Andrews • conversation
Jan. 22, 2021 ~7 min

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Invasive tawny crazy ants have an intense craving for calcium – with implications for their spread in the US

The spread of tawny crazy ants may be driven, in part, by their need for calcium.

Ryan Reihart, Teaching Assistant and Ph.D. Candidate of Ecology, University of Dayton • conversation
Jan. 21, 2021 ~5 min

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In a time of social and environmental crisis, Aldo Leopold's call for a 'land ethic' is still relevant

Jan. 11 marks the birthday of conservationist Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), who called for thinking about land as a living community to protect, not a resource to exploit.

Curt D. Meine, Adjunct Associate Professor of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
Jan. 5, 2021 ~9 min

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How curators transferred Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks' archives to escape wildfires

The curator at UC Merced describes the evacuation and shows a selection of photographs from the 110-year history of the park.

Emily Lin, Head of Digital Curation and Scholarship, UC Merced, University of California, Merced • conversation
Dec. 23, 2020 ~7 min

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Fewer tourists meant less money for wildlife during the pandemic – but there's an alternative

Wildlife tourism is big business – until a pandemic halts international travel.

Joseph Hamm, PhD Candidate in Conservation Science, University of Leeds • conversation
Dec. 22, 2020 ~6 min

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Tiny treetop flowers foster incredible beetle biodiversity

In the Amazon, beetles and flowering trees have developed a tight bond. Hundreds of beetle species thrive off of and pollinate blossoms, helping to maintain some of the highest biodiversity on Earth.

Caroline S. Chaboo, Adjunct Professor in Insect Systematics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln • conversation
Dec. 3, 2020 ~6 min

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To save wild chimpanzees, imagine their habitat is an electrical circuit

To understand the barriers endangered species face when trying to traverse their habitat, it helps to think of their environment like an electrical circuit board.

Fiona Stewart, Lecturer in Wildlife Conservation, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
Nov. 19, 2020 ~6 min

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Why autumn is such a dangerous time for hedgehog mothers – and how to help them

For every kilometre of road in Europe, you're likely to find one dead hedgehog.

Lauren Moore, PhD Candidate in Road Ecology, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Nov. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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How we discovered three new species of penguin in the Southern Ocean

The discovery that gentoo penguins are actually four distinct species has important implications for their conservation.

Jane Younger, Research Fellow, Department of Biology & Biochemistry, University of Bath • conversation
Nov. 5, 2020 ~6 min

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