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Biodiversity

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

E. O. Wilson Donates Career Awards to UA, Endows Fellows Program for Research

Dr. Edward O. Wilson, one of the most highly decorated scientists in the world and a University of Alabama alumnus, has made two major gifts to UA with an approximate value totaling $500,000.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Improved Access to Integrated Biodiversity Data for Science, Practice, and Policy

The “Building the European Biodiversity Observation Network” EU BON General Meeting took place between 30 March – 3 April 2014 in Heraklion on Crete, to present major project results and set objectives for the future. The meeting was preceeded by a review paper recently published in the open access journal Nature Conservation, to point out

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Southwestern Bird and Reptile Distributions to Shift as Climate Changes

Dramatic distribution losses and a few major distribution gains are forecasted for southwestern bird and reptile species as the climate changes, according to just-published research by scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of New Mexico, and Northern Arizona University.

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Satellite Tracking Leads to Leatherback Sea Turtle Key Habitats

A first-of-its-kind satellite tagging study of migrating New England leatherback turtles offers a greatly improved understanding of their seasonal high-use habitats, diving activity and response to key ocean and environmental features in relation to their search behavior. Leatherbacks are considered endangered species in all the world’s oceans.

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Study Finds that Grazing Animals Can Offset Loss of Plant Biodiversity in Grasslands

Two wrongs may not make a right. But when it comes to grassland plant species diversity, it just might. Two impacts often controlled by humans — being fertilized and being eaten — can combine to the benefit of biodiversity, according to an innovative international study led by U of M researchers Elizabeth Borer and Eric

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Sweden to Enhance Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services through Five New Milestone Targets

Today the Government adopted new milestone targets within the environmental objective system in order to enhance biodiversity and vital ecosystem services by 2020. These milestone targets define steps along the way to achieving Sweden’s environmental quality objectives, as well as EU biodiversity strategy targets and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, adopted in Nagoya in 2010 under

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Florida State University Moves to Digitize Biodiversity Research Specimens

In the 10 years Austin Mast has been director of Florida State University’s herbarium, his staff has digitized about 76,000 of the university’s 210,000 plant specimens. Using crowdsourcing, that same amount of digitization was accomplished in 10 days.

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Golden Gate National Parks to Host BioBlitz 2014: Exploring and Celebrating Biodiversity of the Parks, March 28-29, 2014

The Golden Gate National Parks, consisting of three national park units, span more than 80,000 acres and 91 miles of shoreline of federal, state and county open lands along the Northern California coast. Over half of the bird species of North America and nearly one-third of California’s plant species are found within these boundaries.

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Rainforest Trust Announces Plan to Create 80,000-Acre Forest Reserve in the Philippines

Rainforest Trust, a nonprofit conservation organization focused on protecting threatened tropical lands and saving endangered species, has announced a new project to create an 80,000-acre reserve on Palawan Island in the Philippines. Rainforest Trust and its local partner, the Center for Sustainability, a Palawan-based NGO, will collaborate with the Puerto Princesa city government to develop

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

New Maps Reveal Locations of Species at Risk as Climate Changes

In research published Monday in the journal Nature, CSIRO and an international team of scientists revealed global maps showing how fast and in which direction local climates are shifting. This new study points to a simpler way of looking at climatic changes and their likely effects on biodiversity.

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