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Conservation and the Concept of Species in a Biodiversity Crisis (Part 1)

biology, Conservation, ecology, evolution, Natural Science, ScienceJanuary 24, 2011

In The Mass Extinction of Scientists Who Study Species, Dr. Craig McClain argues that we are loosing a fundamental unit of biological science – the Taxonomist. He’s right, of course. Taxonomy is a shrinking field. Entire phyla sit, unstudied, as the expertise necessary to understand them retires and expires. With few to train the next […]

Biodiversity Wednesday – The Western Ghats

Conservation, ecology, Natural Science, ScienceJanuary 5, 2011

This year, we’re going to change around our Biodiversity Wednesday series. Instead of posting a YouTube clip of some various organism or region, we’re going to highlight a lesser known region of biodiversity importance and discuss related conservation and management issues. Located along the west coast of India, the Western Ghats are a 1600-km mountain […]

Sharks get new protections at ICCAT

biology, Conservation, ecology, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksNovember 29, 2010

Last week, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas met in Paris. Among other responsibilities (such as the conservation of Atlantic tunas), ICCAT sets guidelines for several shark fisheries. My friend Sonja Fordham, President of Shark Advocates International, was there representing SAI. She is optimistic about a series of new shark conservation measures […]

Shark News Roundup: the ecology of fear, curious whale sharks, and saving the manta rays

Conservation, ecology, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksNovember 16, 2010

The shark blog-o-sphere has been busy lately. Here are some of the headlines from the world of shark science and conservation. Chuck from Ya Like Dags has a fantastic post explaining the ecology of fear and how it relates to sharks. As it turns out, predators can have a major impact on an ecosystem just […]

Shades of Gray: Gray literature, peer-review, and the struggle for data in fisheries management

biology, Conservation, ecology, Life in the Lab, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksNovember 15, 2010

The dissemination of science follows the conventional route of rigorous peer-review followed by publication in an accredited scientific journal. This process has been the standard foundation from which the general public can trust that the science is, at the very least, valid and honest. Of course this system is not without its flaws. Scientific papers of questionable […]

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