The Intersection

Category archives for Conservation

Hawaii has seen another invasion of the dangerous box jellyfish and we’ve got the details at Talking Science. Most importantly, remember everything’s connected: oceans, land, and atmosphere. We’re a single component of the vast array of biodiversity on the planet and what alters one species impacts the rest of system. In other words, there’s a…


Ecology professor Nalini Nadkarni at Evergreen State College recently estimated that we presently have ‘61 trees per person.’ Our latest post at Talking Science explores what that calculation means.

Future Uncertain

Cottontop tamarins can only be found in the tropical forests of Colombia. Critically endangered, less than 1,000 live in the wild and 1,800 in captivity. [source: BBC]

In case you haven’t seen it yet… Read his full Op-Ed here.

Saving Species

The week, the NYTimes interviewed conservation biologist Stuart Pimm–or ‘Indy Pimm‘ as I like to call him–who works to save endangered species and places around the world from tracking elephants in South Africa to restoring Florida’s Everglades. He holds the Doris Duke professorship of Conservation Ecology at Duke University and won the Heineken Prize for…

The Puget Seven

Orcas are one of my favorite species. Extremely intelligent and exhibiting many complex behaviors, they’re simply beautiful marine mammals. Seven orcas are now feared dead in Puget Sound. If true, it could be the biggest decline among the sound’s population in almost a decade. Possible causes: Low numbers of their main food–chinook salmon, pollution, and…

One Reason I Do What I Do

From living reefs to humans, we’re all connected. Watch, listen, and please pass the message on… “Protect the living reef and we protect the ocean. Protect the ocean, and we protect ourselves.” – Ed Harris, Project AWARE

Empty Oceans

Jackson JBC. (2008) Ecological extinction and evolution in the brave new ocean. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 105 (Suppl):11458-11465. No caption necessary:

A vast area of the western Amazon–arguably the most intact and biodiverse part of the Amazon–is now wide open for oil and gas development. This is a new threat to the forest, biodiversity, and many indigenous groups living in the region. Research by Finer et al. in PLoS ONE demonstrates full scale impacts, including an…

A new reason for hope reported in The New York Times: A grueling survey of vast tracts of forest and swamp in the northern Congo Republic has revealed the presence of more than 125,000 western lowland gorillas, a rare example of abundance in a world of rapidly vanishing primate populations.