Monthly Archives: October 2012

They’re Better Out in the Wild!

As humans, it is a natural tendency for us to try to save endangered animals and to breed animals in controlled environments because we think this is what is best for them. In many cases, we believe that captive breeding … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Feed the Animals: the Spread of Maladaptive Behavior in Bottlenose Dolphins

Though hard to imagine, as inhabitants of such an urban environment, humans can play a large role in wildlife behavioral development. As our population grows and our use of terrestrial and aquatic habitats expands, we increasingly infringe on other organism’s … Continue reading

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The (Biological) Story of the Big Bad Wolf

nationalgeographic.com The big bad wolf seems to permeate fairy tales, haunting children in their sleep. Ever wondered what contributed to the fitness of the villainous wolf? In truth, like many other mammal species, the gray wolf’s morphological, behavioral, and life-history … Continue reading

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The Problem with Reserves: What’s Around Them.

Ecologists do most of their work accounting for humans as a “disturbance” and something out of the natural order of an ecosystem. However, one of the greatest effects humans have had upon the planet is through the building of cities … Continue reading

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Stopping the Economic Bloodshed of REDD+

(Deforestation in Laos – photo credit MongaBay.com, http://news.mongabay.com/2009/1201-consumption.html) If you have not heard of REDD+ yet, you may be out of the international conservation biology loop.  With carbon dioxide emissions, global climate change, and overall environment degradation becoming more and … Continue reading

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End World Hunger or Protect the Animals? Nope. Not Quite That Simple.

http://siu.no/nor/layout/set/print/content/view/full/527 The battle between food production versus habitat protection and biodiversity preservation has waged for several decades now, as people have realized that, oftentimes, agriculture as we know it and environmental protection do not go hand in hand. In fact, … Continue reading

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Healing the ocean: How no-take marine reserves offer a model for oceanic ecosystem recovery

Oceans cover roughly 70 percent of the earth and contain about 97 percent of the planet’s water. They play an incredibly important role in determining climate and weather, and support an amazing level of life. Yet most of the oceans … Continue reading

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