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Critter Corner: News Roundup on Biodiversity – Week of 9/26

Read more about flies that are sexually aroused by food, tool use among fish, controversial bacteria that may use arsenic in place of phosphorus as the backbone of its DNA, and the nanostructures of ancient bugs in this week’s edition of The Critter Corner.

by |September 29, 2011

Scaly Anteaters are Threatened by Illegal Trafficking

Endangered pangolins are among the most heavily trafficked wildlife. They are hunted and eaten in many parts of Africa and Asia but are particularly prized in China because their keratin scales are thought to cure a plethora of ailments and enhance sexual prowess. Claims that the protective armor reduces swelling, promotes blood circulation or helps women produce breast-milk are nothing more than nostrums in the scientific community. But, even if they work, conservationists argue that less costly alternatives are available.

by |September 27, 2011

Evolution Supports a Rainbow of Biodiversity

Same-sex-relationships among animals seem to be in opposition to our understanding of Darwinian evolution—an organism who fails to secure a counterpart to mate with will not pass on its genes to the next generation. One could then infer that such costly behaviors would slowly be removed from the population through natural selection. However, same-sex bonds are far too common in the natural world to support such reasoning.

by |September 26, 2011

Executive Education in Environmental Economics

The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) presents a course in Environmental Economics.

by |September 23, 2011

Your Nose Knows Evolution – Do You?

Olfaction is one of the least understood senses but has played a vital role in the evolution of vertebrates. Basic survival behaviors such as foraging, communicating, recalling memory, and reproduction are often dependent on a protruding-facial structure that we too often ignore.

by |September 23, 2011

Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates

CERC is now accepting applications for the Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates.

by |September 20, 2011

Why We Must Reconnect With Nature

In recent years both children and adults have only gotten more hooked on digital gadgets and technology. Is our connection with nature growing weaker, and if so, what might that mean for our planet?

by |May 26, 2011