conservation

Jake Vander Zanden

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor, Center for Limnology

Laura Meyerson

University of Rhode Island, Assistant Professor, Natural Resources Science

David Maehr (Deceased)

University of Kentucky, Associate Professor, Department of Forestry

Thomas Litwin

Smith College, Director, Clark Science Center

Allison Snow

Ohio State University, Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology

James McGraw

West Virginia University, Eberly Family Professor, Department of Biology

David Lodge

University of Notre Dame, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Gretchen Daily

Stanford University, Bing Professor in Environmental Science, Department of Biology; Director, Natural Capital Project

December 21, 2012

A path to coexistence with lions

Stuart Pimm

photo: Siemdepiem

Stuart Pimm (1999) and his colleagues estimate that lion populations on Africa's savannahs have decreased by almost two-thirds over the last 50 years due to habitat loss as human population has grown. Pimm stresses that there is still time to prevent them from decreasing to critical levels. “We’re using this information to very actively look at strategies for how we can protect lions and help people get a benefit from having wildlife live near them,” he says. He notes that lions and other wildlife are a valuable resource and can drive tourism and other economic activity in countries where they are protected.

July 26, 2012

Call for swift action to save the Antarctic

Diana Wall

photo: Jens Bludau

Experts in everything on the Antarctic terrestrial and marine environments, including Diana Wall (1999), got together for the first time, and have articulated issues of urgency in the region. Stress on Antarctic ecosystems and species are increasing due to climate change and growing interest in the region's resources. The group emphasizes the need for better ways to use scientific information and speedy decision-making in the policy arena to address these challenges. All Antarctic visitors, operators, and national programs must take action, they say.