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All is not lost for biodiversity

The status of life on Earth is of fundamental scientific interest and societal importance. Based on media headlines, one might believe that we have already lost the majority of wildlife across the world, with bold headlines indicating “Wildlife has declined 68% since 1970” and “Human... click to read more

  • Brian Leung | Associate professor at McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Anna L. Hargreaves | Assistant Professor at McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Dan A. Greenberg | Research Associate at McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Views 628
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 24, 2022
Where do plants and animals live in the tropics?

Biologists have understood for a long time that plant and animal species are not evenly distributed among the world's tropical areas, and wondered why. Africa has spectacular numbers of primate and hoofed mammal species. Southeast Asia is much smaller in size than Africa, but has... click to read more

Views 1533
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 27, 2021
Overfishing endangers oceanic sharks and rays

For humans, the ocean is vast and mysterious. The portrayal of top predators in the ocean – from krakens to Moby Dick – shows how they have historically been feared and hunted. For the true top predators – oceanic sharks and rays – mortality has... click to read more

  • Holly K. Kindsvater | Assistant Professor at Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA
  • Nathan Pacoureau | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Biological Sciences, Earth to Ocean Research Group, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
  • Nicholas K. Dulvy | Professor at Department of Biological Sciences, Earth to Ocean Research Group, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Views 1955
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 14, 2021
Networking between marine protected areas help sustain fisheries

Fisheries have an important impact on ocean health, but what if we could protect our oceans and eat it too. Setting aside ocean areas for marine conservation helps preserve marine habitats and biodiversity, but can also help sustain fisheries. No-take zones that prohibit fishing activities are... click to read more

  • Hugo B. Harrison | Senior Research Fellow at ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University; Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Queensland, 4810, Australia.
Views 1215
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 31, 2021
Making the coral reef ‘A-list’

Coral reefs around the world are in crisis. Climate change, overfishing, and pollution are devastating coral reefs. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the largest coral reef in the World, has had three major coral bleaching events in just 5 years, which have killed nearly... click to read more

  • Joshua Cinner | Professor at ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Queensland, Australia
Views 1583
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 4, 2021