Biodiversity

Yasuni at Risk: Why the World’s Most Biodiverse Rainforest Could Be Drilled

Yasuni at Risk: Why the World’s Most Biodiverse Rainforest Could Be Drilled

In this thoughtful and passionate blogpost at National Geographic online, Dr. Pimm’s colleague, Dr. Matt Finer “warns against drilling the most biodiverse rainforest on Earth”: Ecuador’s spectacular Yasuni National Park.

By October 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Van Houtan featured on NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ to discuss marine fisheries ecology

Van Houtan featured on NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ to discuss marine fisheries ecology

Dr. Kyle Van Houtan, of the Marine Turtle Assessment Program (Pacific), in NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service was featured on NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ to discuss changes to Hawaii’s marine ecosystem and fishery and how people have adapted their consumption of certain fish. Kyle leads the Hawaii-based office and focuses his work on marine ecology and […]

By August 10, 2013 Read More →
Mitigating the environmental impact of oil and gas extraction in the Peruvian Amazon

Mitigating the environmental impact of oil and gas extraction in the Peruvian Amazon

The Western Amazon is a vast stretch of tropical rainforest, teeming with life found nowhere else in the world. At the confluence of four countries, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil, it has some of the highest concentrations of biodiversity on the planet. Unfortunately, the area is also rich in oil and gas. And where conservationists […]

By May 2, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Help rebut misleading and mean-spirited anti-biodiversity Forbes article

Help rebut misleading and mean-spirited anti-biodiversity Forbes article

I’ve used this blog as a forum to highlight authors who deny the biodiversity crisis as a scam or hoax. We now have another example, unfortunately featured on the widely-read business website Forbes. I posted a plea on our Biodiversity Professionals Linkedin Group for help rebutting the article. I reiterate that plea here. Please help […]

By April 23, 2012 7 Comments Read More →
Research article in PLOS open-access science journal explains global biodiversity patterns

Research article in PLOS open-access science journal explains global biodiversity patterns

Explaining the variable distribution and abundance of species such as latitudinal gradients has been the goal of biodiversity researchers since the patterns were first described by 19th century naturalists. An important paper in the March edition of PLOS (Public Library of Science) Biology throws light on these complex global biodiversity patterns. In the PLOS paper, […]

By March 30, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
A list of biodiversity institutes is a resource for researchers

A list of biodiversity institutes is a resource for researchers

Our sister site, SavingSpecies has published a directory of biodiversity institutes around the world. The list includes 27 organizations whose primary mission is related to biodiversity and science. The list is open access for all who might benefit from a one-stop directory. The list is also available for additions and editing so that it can […]

By August 4, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Does the word biodiversity hinder public awareness and what can we do about it?

Does the word biodiversity hinder public awareness and what can we do about it?

I recently commented on the relative stagnation in searches for the word “biodiversity” during the first three quarters of 2010 — a possible failure of the UN’s Year of Biodiversity. It’s hard to say if the lackluster performance of search results reflects lack of public interest in biodiversity. At least part of the problem may […]

By November 17, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Linkedin group for biodiversity professionals

Linkedin group for biodiversity professionals

Biodiversity has been in the news recently (yay!). And thousands of people are actively engaged in various aspects of biodiversity (also yay!). But there are not a lot of professional networking resources specifically for folks in biodiversity careers (boo!). A lot of the social networking resources revolve around Facebook and Twitter. These are great, but […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Daily Telegraph is wrong! Biodiversity is NOT a scam

Daily Telegraph is wrong! Biodiversity is NOT a scam

Blogger James Delingpole has got me mad. He wrote a post on the Daily Telegraph blog claiming that environmentalists are “ditching climate change” as a cause. Instead, he says, they are taking up biodiversity as “the new big lie.” Wrong. One big lie is that environmentalists are ditching climate change in favor of biodiversity. Anyone who […]

By October 25, 2010 3 Comments Read More →
Losers in the skeeter wars

Losers in the skeeter wars

An article in North Dakota’s Grand Forks Herald reports that residents woke last Thursday morning to a ” jarring spectacle of dying butterflies and dragonflies on the sidewalks.” The die-off, including thousands of monarch butterflies, was brought about by routine seasonal spraying to control mosquitoes. An editorial points out, “mosquitoes are tiny and don’t show […]

By August 25, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
The best biodiversity blogs: reviews and rankings

The best biodiversity blogs: reviews and rankings

Biodiversity is in the news. 2010 is the UN Year of Biodiversity, which has done much to raise public awareness. So inevitably we are seeing more blogs dedicated to the topic. Yay! But it’s hard to sort out the wheat from the chaff. Google “biodiversity blog” (with quotes) and you get several thousand hits. Which […]

By August 19, 2010 22 Comments Read More →
Leading the Bioblitz

Leading the Bioblitz

Dr. Pimm is taking a leading role in this year’s Bioblitz. According to Wikipedia, a Bioblitz is “a special type of field study, where a group of scientists and volunteers conduct an intensive 24-hour (or 48 hour) biological inventory, attempting to identify and record all species of living organisms in a given area.” Stuart led […]

By March 19, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Conserving indigenous areas would significantly reduce carbon emissions caused by deforestation

Conserving indigenous areas would significantly reduce carbon emissions caused by deforestation

According to a PLOS Biology study reported March 15 in NatureNews, “deforestation in protected areas and indigenous lands is 7–11 times less than in the surrounding areas.” Such an observation offers a clear way ahead for advocates of rainforest conservation. By supporting preservation of indigenous lands and other protected areas (ILPAs), organizations “could slow forest […]

By March 17, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Stuart Pimm is awarded the Tyler Prize

Stuart Pimm is awarded the Tyler Prize

This morning sees the following announcement from Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement website. “Two conservationists whose careers have centered on understanding ecosystem functions as the essential foundation for ecosystem restoration will share the 2010 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. The award, consisting of a $200,000 cash prize and gold medals, will go to Dr. Laurie […]

By March 9, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
New rules for biodiversity should boost options for biological pest control

New rules for biodiversity should boost options for biological pest control

Our increasingly interconnected world is helping crop pests spread ever faster and more widely. Chemical pest controls are effective but expensive and soon become obsolete as organisms evolve resistance. Biological pest controls are a natural solution to agricultural pests that, compared with chemical pesticides, need fewer repetitive treatments, are less likely to engender resistant pest […]

By March 6, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Will Ecuador’s plan to raise money for not drilling oil in the Amazon succeed?

Will Ecuador’s plan to raise money for not drilling oil in the Amazon succeed?

Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park is full of wealth: it is one of the richest places on earth in terms of biodiversity; it is home to the indigenous Waorani people, as well as several uncontacted tribes; and the park’s forest and soil provides a massive carbon sink. More >

By November 5, 2009 0 Comments Read More →