We asked Dr. Douglas J. Long, Senior Curator of Natural Sciences at the Oakland Museum of California to guest post with DSN. Please welcome him in the comments below. He holds a PhD in Integrative Biology from the University of California Berkeley, where his research focused on sharks. His current fieldwork utilizes data collected through . . . → Read More: Not Quite the Shark that ate Esteban
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
Source: Flickr by author Qfamily made available through Creative Commons Diversity is a matter of area. This is because there is a well-known relationship between species and area, called rather cleverly the species-area curve. You increase the size of the area sampled; you increase the number of species. However, this relationship is not linear as . . . → Read More: Biodiversity Pt. 2: Mmmmm…donuts
Kevin described a new species today. What have you done? KZ is now among the scientifically published. Occurring this week in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington is “A new species of Alvinocaris (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea: Alvinocarididae) from hydrothermal vents at the Lau Basin, southwest Pacific, and a key to the species of . . . → Read More: Kevin Zelnio…New and Improved…Now With 30% More Shrimp!