Monthly Archives: January 2012

Habitat and sustainability Wall-e style

Writing about green roofs as habitat for insects reminded me of an awesome idea I saw last month at the International Congress for Conservation Biology in Auckland, New Zealand (an amazing conference that inspired me to start this very blog!). … Continue reading

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Raise the roof! and save rare insects

We need to halt the loss of species, right? Right. We should start building more sustainably to both reduce habitat destruction and create new habitat. It would be a giant waste of energy and resources to tear down and rebuild unsustainable buildings. … Continue reading

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We can all live together under (and on top of) one roof

You have probably heard of “green roofs” by now and they are just one of the many ways we can better design our dwellings to help biodiversity. Green roofs are popping up all over the world: San Francisco, Chicago, London, … Continue reading

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The beauty of spiders and insects

Made from 100% non-dyed Golden Orb spiders from Madagascar, incredible! After a friend sent this to me, I marveled at the beauty of the artwork and thought about the potential conservation value of this spider-human partnership. In ecology we often … Continue reading

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Interview about my Ohlone tiger beetle work!

Here is a video of me(!) giving answers to interview questions about my Ohlone tiger beetle (OTB) research. The interview was conducted by the journalist Jerry Kay.

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Great article about the need for and issues with invertebrate conservation

I was going to blog about the contents of a new article by Pedro Cardoso in the journal Biological Conservation, but I just found an NYT article with better coverage, check it out! Where is the love for bugs? By … Continue reading

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Mini-Superheroes and other fun insect facts!

Why do I call insects mini-superheroes? Well, E.O. Wilson put it well when he said (to paraphrase) without invertebrates we humans wouldn’t last more than a few months. This is because insects play so many roles in ecosystems and so … Continue reading

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