Jonathan Adams

Jonathan_AdamsJonathan Adams is a science writer and conservation biologist. He is the author most recently, with Mark Tercek, of "Nature's Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive By Investing in Nature" (Basic Books 2013). He is also the author of "The Future of the Wild: Radical Conservation for a Crowded World" (Beacon Press 2004), and co-author, with Thomas McShane, of "The Myth of Wild Africa: Conservation Without Illusion" (Norton 1992). Jonathan received an MS in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Maryland, an MA in Writing About Science from Johns Hopkins University. Visit him online at www.pangolinwords.com


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Great Summer Reads: Roosevelt’s Beast

Looking for a great read this summer? Author Jonathan Adams makes his recommendation, a novel based on Theodore Roosevelt’s legendary (and somewhat disastrous) trip to the “River of Doubt.” A review of Louis Bayard’s Roosevelt’s Beast.

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Coastal Protection and Clean Water: Recognizing the Benefits of Oyster Reefs

Following Superstorm Sandy, people looked to oyster reefs for coastal protection and other benefits. But how do we make those benefits tangible?

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Quick Study: Counterinsurgency, Anyone? How Conservation Can Better Prepare for ‘Wicked’ Problems

Conservation still uses a straightforward, engineering mindset that’s inadequate for tackling today’s complex problems, argues a new paper from Conservancy scientist Eddie Game. So what can we learn from counter-insurgency, business, psychology and other fields?

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Quick Study: Why Conservation Science Needs to Get Interdisciplinary–and Why It Hasn’t

Being multidisciplinary isn’t enough for today’s conservation science, says a new study by Conservancy scientist Sheila Walsh Reddy and others–we need to get out of our siloes in order to help solve the world’s most pressing problems. But being truly interdisciplinary can be costly and difficult.

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Research: Can Restoring Oyster Reefs Combat Nitrogen Pollution?

Oysters filter nitrogen from water — and nitrogen pollution is a huge and growing problem along many coastlines, not just for the United States, but worldwide. So could restoring oyster reefs combat nitrogen pollution? And if the answer is yes, could that service generate enough funding for broad-scale oyster restoration?

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Quick Study: Do REDD+ Projects Benefit People as Well as Forests?

They often provide modest but tangible benefits to local communities–and don’t encourage land grabs, says a new article co-authored by the Conservancy’s senior advisor on forests and climate. But challenges remain to meaningful community participation in these projects.

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Salmon Cam Returns

We’re pleased to return Salmon Cam, a live view of spawning Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead trout.

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