Last week I got back from a 97-mile backpacking trip through the southern Sierra Nevada mountains in California. We started at Bishop Pass and hike south over Mt. Whitney (the highest point in the 48 contiguous states – woo!). The terrain was beautiful, with granite peaks plunging to flower-strewn meadows and gurgling, clear streams, and . . . → Read More: Silence in the Sierras
When the media got all kerfluffled about the functional extinction of wild oysters about a month ago, I asked Chris Len to write a guest post about the dirty, dirty truth. Chris is the staff attorney for NY/NJ Baykeeper and Hackensack Riverkeeper. Like a Combo snack, he is two delicious salty things in one not-so-bite-sized . . . → Read More: Guest Post: On wild oysters, the headlines that came 100 years too late, and turning poop-water into salty Evian
Add this to your growing list of Earth going to hell Enjoy your shucking while it lasts. Wild oysters are now “functionally extinct” in many places around the world where they were once plentiful. More than 85 per cent of their reefs have been lost due to overfishing, according to a new study via Wild . . . → Read More: Wild Oysters Functionally Extinct?
February’s Scientist In Residence that I am way behind on introducing is Jarrett Byrnes, a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). I have a lot of respect for Jarrett for not only his mad blogging skills at the cleverly name i’m a chordata! urochordata! but for his impressive research . . . → Read More: Scientist In Residence Jarrett Brynes: How Are Extinctions and Invasions Shaping Food Webs?
Check out my new article on Wired. For fun you may want to check out the comments. We are currently in a biodiversity crisis. A quarter of all mammals face extinction, and 90 percent of the largest ocean fish are gone. Species are going extinct at rates equaled only five times in the history . . . → Read More: The Mass Extinction of Scientists Who Study Species | Wired Science | Wired.com
A professor once told me that if you removed everything from earth and just left the nematodes you would still recognize the outlines of everything. I have absolutely no idea if this is even remotely true. I do know that, hyperbole aside, nematodes represent one of the most abundant forms of life on earth. The . . . → Read More: How Many Deep-Sea Nematodes Are There & Why We Many Never Know
If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development. –Aristotle To understand the biogeography of the modern deep sea, we must examine the history of the ocean floor and the establishment of deep-sea fauna. The paleoceanography of the deep-sea is an account of intense fluctuations in temperature, oxygen, and circulation. In the past . . . → Read More: The Origins of Deep-Sea Fauna
A recent study published in Science Express by Dr. Kent Carpenter of Old Dominion University and a consortium of nearly thirty coral reef ecologists has determined that one-third of coral face increased extinction threat due to anthropogenic influences. Carpenter refers to the problem as the “the human meteor”. . . . → Read More: Is it all over for corals?