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Climbing Mount Chernobyl

Conservation, ecology, History of Science, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceAugust 30, 2011

In the last century, humans have made dramatic changes to both local and global ecosystems. Some of these changes have been subtle and remained unnoticed until very recently, while others were so visible and so destructive that their names are indelibly etched into our collective consciousness. Despite a legacy of desolation, many of these places, […]

Tagging Bull Sharks in the Neuse River

ecology, Life in the Lab, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksAugust 4, 2011

Meagan Dunphy-Daly is a graduate student at the Duke University Marine Lab studying the effectiveness of marine reserves in protecting apex predators. She also has ongoing research examining bullshark/dolphin interactions in the Neuse River, NC, where she recently caught an 8 foot bullshark. Well, it’s Shark Week and instead of heading up to the Neuse […]

The Global Extinction Crisis – species area relationships, habitat loss, and population dynamics

Conservation, ecology, Natural Science, ScienceMay 23, 2011

We are in the midst of a global extinction crisis. Biodiversity is in decline as species after species disappear. Some estimates predict that up to 50% of species will be committed to extinction by 2050. Other estimates claim the current rate of extinction may be 10,000 times the background rate. Many ecologists and conservationists have declared the current […]

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