Cool Green Science: Year in Review 2013

Cool Green Science brings you the latest Conservancy research, from ecosystem service protection analyses to bison behavior studies. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC

Cool Green Science brings you the latest Conservancy research, from ecosystem service protection analyses to bison behavior studies. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC

Cool Green Science launched its new format on January 30, 2013, with the goal of bringing you the best of Nature Conservancy science, from research results to field reporting to natural history notes.

In just the last 11 months, we’ve published more than 250 stories by scientists and science writers. We’ve aimed to be the best conservation science resource out there — and with more than 240,000 visitors to the blog since our relaunch, we’re well on our way.

Our mission is to bring the latest Conservancy and conservation science – the foundation of our conservation work – to you in a readable, accessible format.

We’ve announced studies that show coastal protection protects more than 1 million people from storms, that demonstrate why pollinators are so vital to agriculture, and that question whether the Ecological Footprint is the best measure for conservation.

From the field, we’ve joined scientists as they radio-tracked rattlesnakes, reintroduced alligator gar, observed battling bison bulls, built wetlands to benefit clean drinking water and went scuba diving for invasive weeds.

We’ve also taken a close look at the natural world’s most interesting creatures, from yaks in the Himalayas to centipedes in your closet. There have been snowy owl invasions, ferrets brought back from (almost) extinction and microbes that crawl all around (and in) us. And we’ve taken a live look – through creature cams – at ospreys, salmon and life in the deep ocean.

Thanks for reading. We look forward to bringing you even more exciting science stories in 2014, with a full slate of Conservancy science and bizarre nature stories already slated. Read, share and, as always, let us know what you think!

To celebrate 2013, here are ten of the year’s most popular posts:

  1. Tim Boucher, Apps for the Smart Birder – Which One Should You Use?
  2. Bob Lalasz, PLoS One and the Panic Over Impact
  3. Matt Miller, Weird Nature:  Shrew-Eating Trout
  4. Allen Pursell, Troy Weldy and Mark White, Too Many Deer: A Bigger Threat to Eastern Forests than Climate Change?
  5. Craig Leisher, A Bat that Eats Scorpions
  6. Jon Fisher, Citizen Science: Survey Katydids in Your Neighborhood
  7. Dayna Gross, Scientific Illustration: More than Pretty Pictures
  8. Rod Salm, The Life and Death of a Majestic Old Coral
  9. Mark Spalding, Mangrove Forests as Incredible Carbon Stores
  10. Craig Groves, Genetic Engineers and Conservation Biologists: Scenes from a First Date


Opinions expressed on Cool Green Science and in any corresponding comments are the personal opinions of the original authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Nature Conservancy.

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Matt Miller is a senior science writer for the Conservancy. He writes features and blogs about the conservation research being conducted by the Conservancy’s 550 scientists. Matt previously worked for nearly 11 years as director of communications for the Conservancy’s Idaho program. He has served on the national board of directors of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and has published widely on conservation, nature and outdoor sports. He has held two Coda fellowships, assisting conservation programs in Colombia and Micronesia. An avid naturalist and outdoorsman, Matt has traveled the world in search of wildlife and stories.

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