Chak Cherdsatirkul (MSSM '11) Wetland Viewing Platform

MSSM Alumnus Designs Bird Habitat in Thailand

MSSM Alum Chak Cherdsatirul, is transforming 30 acres into a natural sanctuary for birds in Thailand. A challenge for architects, zoologists and botanists to juxtapose biodiversity concepts with aesthetic human-nature design to ultimately create a sustainable avian habitat.

by |September 1, 2016
The dinosaur Anzu wyliei. Illustration: Mark Klingler/Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Hell’s Chicken

From our great, wild west, those rusty, dusty hills,
Bones of a beast who would give a cowboy chills.
A fierce-looking crest – a mohawk made of bone!
Claws, beak, bony tail, locked within hard stone.

by |April 25, 2014
1970 Austin America, Image Copyright, Todd (reposted with permission).

Birds, Ballasts, and the Fate of the Biosphere

The Biosphere really needs its own newspaper. Yes, there are lots of newspapers out there, but when it comes to the Biosphere, important stories just don’t get the top billing they deserve. Take discoveries of new species, for example. Just in the last month, a new spoon worm, white toothed shrew, corpse flower, and tailorbird were all discovered – this would be front-page material for the Biosphere Times, if such a paper existed, but good luck finding these stories in the mainstream papers.

by |July 10, 2013

Water Samples and Wildlife

After a day of coring on Tuesday, we decided to give our arms and backs a rest and collect water and plant samples. We take these samples so that we can characterize the chemical signatures of each plant type, and water from different parts of the system. Then, we can recognize those same signatures in… read more

by |July 5, 2012
Plate 404 of Birds of America by John James Audubon depicting Eared Grebe

Crash Land Home for the Holidays

As holidays approach and we plan our ‘seasonal’ migrations to see our families, many other species are making their own migrations — though with a few more snafus than we humans might hit.

by |December 20, 2011
Gray Catbird seen in Washington, DC, USA.

Cats and Wind Turbines – A Bird’s Two Greatest Fears

Studies find that cats and wind turbines are responsible for the death of many birds.

by |March 23, 2011
Photo by U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center. This Laysan albatross chick has small pox nodules on the face and eyelid.

Biodiversity and Health Extinction by Infection: Biodiversity makes a difference.

Throughout the past several decades, countless species have been infected by non-native deadly diseases and ultimately crashed in numbers. A survey of important case studies highlight the importance of mitigating the virulence of the planet’s pathogens.

by |March 2, 2011