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. Read more about How much science is needed for conservation?
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. Read more about Video: Discovering New Plant Species in the Amazon
MacArthur Curator of mammals Bruce Patterson and research associate Paul Webala (Moi University, Kenya) are working together to get a better understanding of Kenya's bat diversity. As part of their study they are recording bat calls, gathering fecal samples and collecting tissues to do genetic studies. Read more about Video: Bat calls from Kenya