Biogeography

How much science is needed for conservation?

Via Facebook, a colleague shared a link to an essay in Animal Behavior by Tim Caro and Paul Sherman entitled: Eighteen reasons animal behavioralists avoid involvement in conservation (Animal Behavior (2012) 85:305-312).  They exhort behavioral scientists to think more about the conservation value of their research.  I agree with this idea, but that does not mean that I think this is universally appreciated.  At one point, they write: “And all the large NGOs, which have a disproportionate

Video: Discovering New Plant Species in the Amazon

We're excited to present the first Field Revealed episode to highlight the Field Museum's rapid inventory work! This week's episode comes all the way from from Peru where local intrepid researchers have been carrying out "rapid inventories" with the Field Museum's Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo) teams.  Rapid inventories are swift surveys of species diversity in remote areas--information which is then provided to local communities as a tool for them to build conservation and education efforts.

Video: The Naming of the Shrew

With Field Museum researcher Julian Kerbis Peterhans and post doc Terry Demos, Bernard "Risky" Agwanda untangles the stories of mammalian evolution in eastern Africa.  In the process, they may have found a new species of elephant shrew or "sengi."  Bernard and his collaborators express an important message, that peace is a significant component in the development of society--including science.

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