Category: Nature Brains

Feeling Stressed? Biodiversity Can Help

Written by | October 4th, 2012

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A lab experiment involving 3,500 beakers of microalgae sheds light on how ecosystems respond to stress like heat, and why biodiversity actually matters to conservation.

Science Short: Common Sense & Climate Change

Written by | October 3rd, 2012

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If climate change is just plain common sense, then why is ice growing in Antarctica? Spatial scientist Jon Fisher on the value of clear climate change communication.

Cool Green Scientist: Cave Man Cory Holliday

Written by | October 2nd, 2012

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Meet the man behind the artificial bat cave, Cory Holliday. His life underground has been filled with adventures: from being stuck in cave passages to discovering new species. Now he prepares for a bigger challenge: stopping the spread of white-nose syndrome.

Conservation in a World of Senior Citizens

Written by | October 2nd, 2012

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How will an aging population influence the way we do conservation in 2050? It could be a blessing, says our chief scientist–as long as we start preparing now.

Cool Career: Data Scientist

Written by | October 1st, 2012

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Do you want to work in the “sexiest job of the 21st century”? Look no further than conservation groups like The Nature Conservancy.

Of Bats and Men

Written by | September 28th, 2012

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When it comes to bats and people, our relationship has been…complicated. People have shot them, destroyed them, reviled them. But now, citizen conservationists, coupled with the best science, may be the best hope for bat populations to emerge from the threats of white-nose syndrome.

15 Seconds with Mike Palmer

Written by | September 28th, 2012

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Find out what life is like for the Conservancy’s lone employee in the Arctic. (Hint: Ice fishing and wilderness expeditions are the norm.)

Prescribed Burning Helps Save the Family Ranch

Written by | September 27th, 2012

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A new study from the Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve in Nebraska shows that prescribed burning of grasslands could be the key to sustainable family ranching.

Building the “Cave of Dreams”

Written by | September 26th, 2012

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Sure, you can build an artificial bat cave, and they will come. But how do you make it perfect? Hint: It’s more than digging a hole in the ground.

Bad Days in Bat Caves

Written by | September 25th, 2012

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Conservationists feel helpless in the face of white-nose syndrome, a disease wiping out millions of bats. But research may have found a solution. Learn about the knowledge that led to the first-of-its-kind artificial bat cave.

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