Armed conflict catches animals in the crossfire
Dec07

Armed conflict catches animals in the crossfire

Kaitlyn M Gaynor, a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California–Berkeley (Berkeley, CA), shares this Frontiers Focus on the effects of war on wildlife. When people make war, wildlife often becomes a casualty. Explosives and war materials kill living things that are not their targets. Valuable wildlife products, like ivory, finance militias. But the most devastating...

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We can harvest bioenergy from preserves while protecting biodiversity
Nov30

We can harvest bioenergy from preserves while protecting biodiversity

Koenraad Van Meerbeek, a researcher in the Departement Aard- en Omgevingswetenschappen (Earth and Environmental Sciences) at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, shares this Frontiers Focus on the potential of Natura 2000 preserves to contribute biomass for bioenergy, without losing  biodiversity. Renewable energy from biomass, i.e. “bioenergy,” holds promise for climate change mitigation, but converting big tracts of land to...

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USA needs a sustained national ecosystem assessment
Nov18

USA needs a sustained national ecosystem assessment

By Cliff Duke, ESA’s director of Science Programs Americans are deeply divided about the proper uses of federal and private lands and the goods and services they supply us. Recent events, including the acquittal of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, protests of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, and the potential reopening of debates about the Keystone XL Pipeline, illustrate these value differences. Scientists...

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What is illegal wildlife trade?
Nov17

What is illegal wildlife trade?

By Jacob Phelps, lecturer in tropical environmental change and policy at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. My co-authors and I study and think about wildlife trade in a wide range of contexts, from the actions of wildlife harvesters imprisoned in Nepali jails, to orchid traders at Thai markets, to criminal groups poaching South African rhinos. In the context of global conservation, we call all of their activities “illegal...

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Biodiversity hotspots are also hotspots of invasion
Oct24

Biodiversity hotspots are also hotspots of invasion

By Xianping Li, of the Key Laboratory of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology within the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China, as well as the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China. Li and colleagues’ Research Communications paper “Risk of biological invasions is concentrated in biodiversity hotspots” appeared in the October 2016 issue of ESA Frontiers. Biological invasions...

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Q&A on public engagement with UMN IonE Director Jessica Hellmann
Oct21

Q&A on public engagement with UMN IonE Director Jessica Hellmann

ESA Fellow and AAAS Leshner Fellow Jessica Hellmann is director of the Institute on the Environment and a professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. Some ESA members regularly practice public engagement, but it often falls by the wayside due to lackluster support from their workplace and time pressures. Four ESA members, who are in the fist cohort of the AAAS Public Engagement Fellows of the Leshner...

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Envisioning a good Anthropocene
Oct14

Envisioning a good Anthropocene

By Elena Bennett, associate professor at the McGill School of Environment and Department of Natural Resource Sciences in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Canada. Bennett and colleagues’ Concepts and Questions article “Bright Spots: Seeds of a Good Anthropocene” appeared in the October 2016 issue of ESA Frontiers.   We are constantly being bombarded with negative visions of the future, which may inhibit our ability to move...

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Getting the picture – cameras, marine biodiversity and human impact
Oct05

Getting the picture – cameras, marine biodiversity and human impact

By Anthony Bicknell, Associate Research Fellow at the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, UK. We have all been captivated by the television wildlife documentaries that provide breath-taking video images of the previously unseen marine world. Although these may rely on the expertise of an experienced camera operator, camera technology has advanced to such an extent over recent years that even the most...

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