Bob Lalasz

Bob Lalasz is the director of science communications at The Nature Conservancy and the editor of the new Cool Green Science. A long-time editor and writer, he was previously the Conservancy's associate director of digital marketing. He now blogs here about the Conservancy's scientific research and on-the-ground work as well as larger conservation science and science communications issues.


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Emma Marris on Wolves, New Conservation & Kids Playing in National Parks

Author Emma Marris talks about her new crowdfunded writing project on wolves, why she doesn’t like being called a “new” conservationist, and why the National Parks need to loosen up about kids at play.

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Brian Richter’s ‘Chasing Water’: Smarter Solutions for the Coming Water Scarcity

Many of the world’s cities are ill-prepared to face impending water shortages over the next decades. Conservancy scientist Brian Richter’s new book says the answer lies in people power.

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Two Awards for Matt Miller

The Conservancy’s Matt Miller has won two awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America for his Cool Green Science blogging.

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Meet the NatureNet Fellows: Dan Auerbach

NatureNet Fellow Dan Auerbach is working to strengthen the ‘business case’ for water funds. His work could change the way that people perceive and value water.

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The Atchafalaya River Basin: The Future of Nature?

Louisiana’s Atchafalaya River Basin isn’t just “Swamp People” — it’s 1 million acres of amazing biodiversity and heavily engineered nature covered by decades of science. Learn why the Conservancy’s Bryan Piazza just had to write a book about it.

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Coral Reefs & Climate Change: What the New IPCC Report Says

The IPCC’s new report on climate change puts coral reefs front and center. Is there still time to save them? The Nature Conservancy’s Mark Spalding walks us through the science.

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SNAP: Announcing Six New Working Groups & New RFP

Discover all the new issues the Science for Nature and People (SNAP) collaboration will be taking on — including urban water supplies, sustainable ag intensification and fracking’s impacts on water quality and quantity.

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What’s the Dirty Little Secret of Science Communications?

We tell scientists they should communicate better as a public good, says Bob Lalasz. But market forces are pressing a more basic case — one we should embrace.

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Will ‘Cosmos’ Miss the Big Bang in Science Communications?

Can the reincarnation of Carl Sagan’s classic TV series (hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson) be as successful as the original? And what might conservation science learn from the attempt?

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Meet the NatureNet Fellows: Daniel Karp

Meet NatureNet Fellow Daniel Karp and learn about his plan for decision support tools that will help farmers evaluate the benefit of preserving natural habitat.

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Video: Heather Tallis on ‘The Ponzi Scheme for Managing the Planet’

The Nature Conservancy’s lead scientist argues in a new video that the way humans manage natural resources is fundamentally unsustainable — and that investing in nature gives us alternatives.

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Drones in Conservation? Twitter in Conservation? Gaming Google Scholar? & More

Also in this week’s best-of-the-web: Why mangroves are moving northward, the coolest maps of the year, and why that shark photographed in the Cali surf was really a…

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Hunting Lions to Save Them, How Pikas Adapt to Climate Change & More

Also in our Friday best of the web: Crows using tools, country-loving sharks, diapers and population trends, and possibly the greatest conservation success story of 2013.

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Safer Moose Crossings, IPCC Haiku, the Importance of Extinct Giant Birds & More

Also in our Friday best of the web: Vampire squids have an embarrassing secret, why plankton are great at mosquito control, and why you should never, ever feed the animals.

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Does Biodiversity Really Protect Us From Disease?

The idea has gone mainstream over the last year — but new scientific evidence might dash hopes that conservation could be directly relevant to human health.

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Forest Dilemmas

Too many deer. Logging one tree to save another. Beavers versus old growth. Welcome to forest conservation in the 21st century. Join us for a provocative 5-part series exploring the full complexity facing forest conservation in the eastern United States.

What is Cool Green Science?

noun 1. Blog where Nature Conservancy scientists, science writers and external experts discuss and debate how conservation can meet the challenges of a 9 billion + planet.

2. Blog with astonishing photos, videos and dispatches of Nature Conservancy science in the field.

3. Home of Weird Nature, The Cooler, Quick Study, Traveling Naturalist and other amazing features.

Cool Green Science is managed by Matt Miller, the Conservancy's deputy director for science communications, and edited by Bob Lalasz, its director of science communications. Email us your feedback.

Innovative Science

Investing in Seagrass
Marine scientists and fishers alike know that grass beds are valuable as nursery habitat. A new Conservancy-funded study puts a number to it.

Drones Aid Bird Conservation
How can California conservationists accurately count thousands of cranes? Enter a new tool in bird monitoring: the drone.

Creating a Climate-Smart Agriculture
Can farmers globally both adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change? A new paper answers with a definitive yes. But it won't be easy.

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