Biodiversity Loss

Building a Better Anthropocene – The Challenge of Our Time

Once a year, on Earth Day, many of us pause to think about matters environmental.  Then we get on with our lives.  Yet the ‘matters environmental’ get more serious year by year, and I wonder why so many of us fail to see the obvious.  Today I try to summarize the problem by looking at … Continue reading »

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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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