https://twitter.com/eco_RK/status/1242792202096574466 I remember when the idea of biodiversity inequality first took root in my brain. It all started with an entomology (study of insects) course at Boston University and our numerous field trips around the city looking for multi-legged critters. It is not surprising that insect diversity is unevenly distributed across a city, or any… Continue reading Published: Urban socioeconomic inequality and biodiversity often converge, but not always
Three years ago, the Augmented Reality game Pokémon Go debuted, inviting players to download the app and hit the streets in order to collect a diversity of virtual Pokémon out in the real world. As an ecologist and a big fan of biological diversity, I naturally wondered how Pokémon Go might replace or complement real-world… Continue reading Three Research Findings from Three Years of Pokémon Go (Part 3 of 3)
[Re-posted from That's Life [Science] - for original, click here] In Part 1, I discussed the value of experiencing the mind-boggling range of life we have on our planet, also known as biodiversity. I argued that when we interact with biodiversity, we understand it better, value it more, and support conservation measures that protect biodiversity.… Continue reading Does catching Pidgeys help you notice Pigeons? Interviews with Pokémon Go Researchers (Part 2 of 3)
[Re-posted from That's Life [Science] - for original, click here] Let’s get real: our planet is full of AMAZING stuff, from the shrimpoluminescence of pistol shrimp to the elegant movement of C. elegans. When you put all these neat creatures together, the entire diversity of life on earth (which we call “biodiversity”) can feel quite… Continue reading Biodiversity in my Backyard: Encounters with Pidgeys and Dratinis (Part 1 of 3)
Some people just love plants, as I've written elsewhere, and we humans have a rich history of cultivating, caring for, and consuming the plants around us. As we moved around the world, we brought plants with us, spreading them to new environments. This strategy has almost always been a Win for the plants we moved,… Continue reading Turning invasive plants into something sweet
The Google Doodle for Earth Day 2019 celebrates one of the most interesting aspects of our earth: biodiversity. Framed in terms of superlatives, the doodle highlights the bird with the widest wingspan (wandering albatross), the tree with the tallest height (coastal redwood), and the cricket in the deepest cave (deep cave springtail). Google is right:… Continue reading Happy Earth Day 2019!