Persistent methodological flaw undermines biodiversity conservation in tropical forests

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What is the role of logging in tropical forests? How is biodiversity affected by this logging? The answers differ and are controversial among ecologists, environmentalists, and policymakers, and these disagreements have implications for the conservation of biodiversity. A new paper by … [Read more...]

Environmental Musings: November 30, 2012

Written by Ron Amundson, Environmental Musings are excerpts from the weekly departmental newsletter. It is a week rich in "Our Environment" news and events (and apologies for a Thursday evening delivery): This week, the American Geophysical Union Meetings will be held in SF. Our own Gary … [Read more...]

Environmental Musings: November 9, 2012

Written by Ron Amundson, Environmental Musings are excerpts from the weekly departmental newsletter. This week, post-election, I was reviewing what some pundits think the election might mean for the environment. I eventually decided to look at our own website and catch up with what our faculty … [Read more...]

Justin Brashares talks about emulating Jane Goodall, being chased up a tree by lions, and making the connection between European fisheries and African bushmeat markets

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Our Environment e-Newsletter, Winter 2012, Volume 1, Issue 1 Interconnectedness is the most important concept in wildlife conservation. It's hardly obvious that ordering seafood for dinner in Germany, for example, might directly result in the death of African wildlife until Professor Justin … [Read more...]

Taking bushmeat off the menu could increase child anemia

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BERKELEY — A new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, finds that consuming bushmeat had a positive effect on children’s nutrition, raising complex questions about the trade-offs between human health and environmental conservation. They further estimated that a loss … [Read more...]

Study: Without Action, SF Bay Tidal Marshes Will Disappear

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An alarming 93 percent of San Francisco Bay’s tidal marsh could be lost in the next 50 to 100 years with 5.4 feet (1.65 meters) of sea-level rise and low sediment availability, according to a new study led by PRBO Conservation Science (PRBO). These figures represent the high-end sea-level rise … [Read more...]

Bees outpace orchids in evolution

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BERKELEY — Orchid bees aren’t so dependent on orchids after all, according to a new study that challenges the prevailing view of how plants and their insect pollinators evolve together. A long-standing belief among biologists holds that species in highly specialized relationships engage in a … [Read more...]