The latest in a regular series of posts to biodiversity-related* items that have caught my attention during the week:
- A new report by WWF documents over 1000 new species discovered in Papua New Guinea between 1998 and 2008, and the risks to their survival from logging and other human activities.
- How does history inform ecological restoration? Ian Lunt has a great post on this topic.
- Urban parks are incredibly important in the UK and probably add more to public health and wellbeing than any other element of community infrastructure. So why is their funding being slashed and what can local councils do about it?
- In the latest in a series of high-profile rewilding initiatives, the conservation charity Lynx UK Trust has launched a survey to elicit public views on their proposal to reintroduce these large cats – make your views known here.
- Formal species names are often referred to as “Latin names”, which is (if you’ll pardon the pun) a misnomer: although they are usually latinised, the names can be derived from Latin, Greek, English, Russian, or a host of other names including, in the case of Ginkgo, medieval Japanese dialects.
- The University of Northampton’s annual Images of Research exhibition is available to view online and you can vote for your favourite three images. Now I’m not saying that you should vote for “An ecosystem in a cup”. But you could. If you wanted to.
- Staying with the University of Northampton, the Press Office has made me the first Staff Blogger of the Month. Which is nice. Not sure exactly how many other staff blog, but my impression is that it’s not many so it may be only a matter of time before I’m honoured again. I thought I’d share what I wrote when asked about why I blog:
“Why do I blog? The main aim is to communicate the science relating to the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services (and therefore why we need to conserve species and habitats) to as wide an audience as possible, including the general public, students, non-governmental organisations, businesses, and policy makers, as well as other academics. Some of that communication relates to examples from our own research, and I also draw on the work of others in the field. A secondary aim is to give my students a flavour of what it is that I actually do in the rest of my job: teaching is only part of the story!”
- All of which links nicely to the recent post by Jeremy Fox, and subsequent discussion, over at Dynamic Ecology about whether science blogging (and specifically “ecology” blogs, whatever they might be) is on the decline. For what it’s worth, I don’t think it is and I also think that the definition of what “ecology” blogging actually covers is much wider than the discussion suggests.
Feel free to recommend links that have caught your eye.