Biodiversity Loss

Save a Reef; Use a Condom

At a time when ethical behavior seems thoroughly old-fashioned and un-rewarding, when selfish greed appears to rule the day, an ethical argument could capture attention and galvanize action to save coral reefs. It was July 2008, a long time ago now.  I and a couple thousand coral reef researchers and managers were in Fort Lauderdale, … Continue reading »

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On Knowing Your Ecosystem – A Coral Reef is Much More than A Coral and Some Fish

A few years ago, in another life, I was listening to an M.Sc. student provide a progress report to her advisory committee.  She was tackling the problem of whether there were two, or just one genetically distinct population of sea-run trout using a particular lake in British Columbia.  The managers knew there were two runs … Continue reading »

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Speciation, Extinction, and the Diversity of Life

Even Mosquitoes Have Value The other day, while being interviewed about the Zika virus, Dr. Anthony Fauci of NIH was asked if he thought mosquitoes had any value at all. He said it would be wonderful if we could eliminate them totally, once and for all. I understand his perspective, given the range of diseases … Continue reading »

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