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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 →
Conservation success in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!!

Conservation success in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!!

It’s one of those rare days. One where you can read conservation news and NOT hear something depressing. A hugely important and strategic piece of land has been purchased in Rio de Janeiro, purely for the environment. It will reconnect one of the most important protected areas on the planet, União Biological Reserve, to nearby […]

By December 21, 2007 0 Comments Read More →
Flying Blind

Flying Blind

S. R. Loarie, L. N. Joppa, S. L. Pimm, Satellites miss environmental priorities, Trends Ecol. Evol. (2007) See a gallery of images here The Pimm group reports that our ability to monitor the earth from space may be unraveling in an article published online in Trends in Ecology and Evolution. Satellites are an increasingly important […]

By November 13, 2007 0 Comments Read More →
Land cover mapping of Greater Mesoamerica using MODIS data

Land cover mapping of Greater Mesoamerica using MODIS data

The first in a series of studies resulting from a collaboration between Duke University and the U.S. Geological Survey. Our new land cover map for MesoAmerica is part of an effort to better understand the landscape and conservation status of North America. Giri, C. & C. Jenkins. 2005. Land cover mapping of Greater Mesoamerica using […]

By November 8, 2005 0 Comments Read More →
How Big is the Global Weed Patch

How Big is the Global Weed Patch

Where do you usually find “weeds,” those species that are a nuisance and you wonder why they are everywhere? Well, most are in the ecosystems that humanity has radically changed, and thus made into a weed patch. Places like the world’s forests that we cut down for agriculture or grazing, or the Midwestern United States […]

By November 16, 2003 1 Comments Read More →