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Wildlife Conservation Society supports world's first study of egg-laying mammal

A Wildlife Conservation Society research intern working in the wilds of Papua New Guinea has successfully completed what many other field biologists considered "mission impossible"the first study of a rare egg-laying mammal called the long-beaked echidna. The WCS-supported studywhich consisted...

Wildlife Conservation Society helps Cameroon create new national park

Gorilla population surveys, conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society, have helped the government of Cameroon create a new national park which will protect more than 600 gorillas, along with other threatened species such as chimpanzees, forest elephants, buffaloes, and bongo. Called Deng ...

Darwin anniversary heralds new conservation research era for Northern Ireland

On the bicentenary of the birth of eminent biologist today (Thursday) Charles Darwin a new 2m research contract has been launched to conserve and protect Northern Ireland's natural heritage. Queen's University Belfast and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) have teamed up to form the...

Smithsonian scientists receive coveted BBVA Ecology and Conservation Award

Outstanding leaders in tropical biology and conservation, William F. Laurance, senior staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Thomas E. Lovejoy, research associate at the Institute and Biodiversity Chair at the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Envi...

Natural Capital Project to develop conservation software

The Natural Capital Projecta collaboration of Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment, The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fundhas been awarded a two-year, $1.97 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop a software program for mapping and evalu...

North American environmental commission launches trinational vaquita conservation plan

Mexicali, Mexico, 28 October 2008 In response to the urgent need to save the vaquita porpoise, the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States asked the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) to formulate a strategy to support Mexico's efforts to recover the world's most-endangere...

Case Western Reserve University project ties soil conservation and river management together

CLEVELAND Sediment in rivers comes from erosion of the landscape as well as the erosion and collapse of the banks themselves. Just how much each source contributes to a river and how it affects the flow and path of that river is the subject of research by Peter Whiting, professor of geological ...

Are we trading energy conservation for toxic air emissions?

A team of Yale scientists has found that certain countries and some U.S. states stand to benefit from the use of compact fluorescent lighting more than others in the fight against global warming. Some places may even produce more mercury emissions by switching from incandescent light bulbs to comp...

Wildlife Conservation Society discovers 'Planet of the Apes'

The world's population of critically endangered western lowland gorillas received a huge boost today when the Wildlife Conservation Society released a census showing massive numbers of these secretive great apes alive and well in the Republic of Congo. The new census tallied more than 125,000...

Biodiversity maps developed by UCSD scientists will help guide conservation measures in East Africa

Conservation biologists from UC San Diego are collaborating with scientists from the African Conservation Centre and other institutions to map patterns of biodiversity and land use in East Africa in unprecedented detail. Their maps, combined with climate models, will project how climate change wil...

New study reveals large scale conservation essential

(Arlington, VA) June 10, 2008 -- Scientists were surprised with findings of a recent study that reveals many animal species believed to persist in small contained areas actually need broad, landscape level conservation to survive. With more species at risk of extinction today than any other tim...

Integrating restoration and conservation within the ecosystem approach

The Society for Ecological Restoration International (SER) released its May 2008 Briefing Note on the Opportunities for Integrating Ecological Restoration & Biological Conservation within the Ecosystem Approach at the Convention on Biological Diversitys Ninth Conference of the Parties held in Bonn...

Wildlife Conservation Society releases definitive 'state of the wild'

NEW YORK (APRIL 15, 2008) A comprehensive book of essays, highlighting the most pressing conservation issues facing the globe, was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The essays, penned by top thought leaders, focus on such issues as diseases shared by animals and people; ...

Rwanda conservation effort to link isolated chimps to distant forest

Des Moines, Iowa, USA March 18, 2008 A group of some 15 chimpanzees isolated in a pocket of Rwandan rain forest will have a greater range and, thus, greater chances for survival thanks to one of Africas most ambitious forest restoration and ecological research efforts ever. Organizers of the ...

Nations and conservation groups seek plan to protect 'Ghost of the Himalayas'

Beijing, China (March 6, 2008) Snow leopards the worlds most elusive big cat roam the high mountains across 12 Asian nations, from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan. Representatives from those countries, along with leading big cat experts, are expected in Beijing from March 9 11 to frame a multinati...

Open-access tropical conservation journal launches

This release is available in Spanish . On March 3, Mongabay.com , a leading environmental science news Web site, launched Tropical Conservation Science, an open-access, e-journal that publishes results of research relating to conservation of tropical forests and other tropical ecosys...

2008 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation awarded to Dr. Marie-Joëlle Rochet from IFREMER

NEW YORK CITY - Dr. Marie-Jolle Rochet, a research scientist at IFREMER (The French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) has been awarded the prestigious Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation to determine which of two commercial fishing approaches is least harmful to the delicately bala...

2008 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation awarded to Fan Meng; first Chinese fellow

NEW YORK CITY Fan Meng of China, a visionary leader who implemented most of the first Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Chinas rapidly industrializing Guangdong Province, has been awarded the prestigious Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. He will use the Fellowship to expand and improve the re...

2008 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation awarded to Dr. Ussif Rashid Sumaila

NEW YORK CITY - Dr. Ussif Rashid Sumaila, an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre in Vancouver, Canada, is among five ocean experts to be awarded the prestigious 2008 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation, which supports critical marine conservation projects a...

2008 Pew Fellowship in marine conservation awarded to UM Rosenstiel's Dr. Andrew Baker

NEW YORK CITY Coral reef scientist Dr. Andrew C. Baker has been awarded the prestigious 2008 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation to help protect reef corals from climate change. Dr. Baker, an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami, plans to develop novel and groundbreaking techniques to...

Harold Mooney and Peter Raven, winners of the BBVA Foundation Award for Conservation Biology

The juries of the BBVA Foundation Awards for Biodiversity Conservation have announced their respective decisions in this third edition of the scheme. The Award for Scientific Research in Ecology and Conservation Biology, comprising 500,000 euros, has been granted ex aequo to leading scientists Har...

Rwanda's Gishwati Forest selected as site for historic conservation project

Des Moines, Iowa, USA January 15, 2008 The Rwandan government, Great Ape Trust of Iowa and Earthpark have announced that the Gishwati Forest Reserve is the future site of the Rwanda National Conservation Park, setting into motion one of Africas most ambitious forest restoration and ecological re...

Book on little-known species and conservation provides guidance to managers and others

PORTLAND, Ore. December 21, 2007. In the early 1990s, federal agencies in the West were asked to implement the Northwest Forest Plan. Part of that task involved an inventory and conservation plan for more than 300 rare species believed to be associated with old-growth forests. Debates arose amon...

New study finds biodiversity conservation secures ecosystem services for people

Arlington, Virginia (Dec. 5, 2007) Healthy ecosystems that provide people with essential natural goods and services often overlap with regions rich in biological diversity, underscoring that conserving one also protects the other, according to a new study. Titled Global Conservation of Biod...

Wildlife Conservation Society study finds seasonal seas save corals with 'tough love'

Finally, some good news about the prospects of coral reefs in the age of climate change. According to a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, corals may actually survive rising ocean temperatures in tough love seas with wide-ranging temperatures. Researchers discovered that coral reef...

Great Ape Trust awards $127,000 for international conservation efforts

Des Moines, Iowa November 1, 2007 Officials with Great Ape Trust of Iowa, a world-class scientific research facility in Des Moines, announced today the organization will award nearly $127,000 this year to 22 international conservation efforts. Dr. Benjamin Beck, director of conservation at Grea...

The importance of mangrove conservation in tsunami prone regions

Agricultural expansion rather than shrimp farming is the major factor responsible for the destruction of tropical mangrove forests in the tsunami-impacted regions of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka, according to a new study published in the Journal of Bioge...

Soil, conservation experts to reflect on Hurricane Katrina disaster

Two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and parts of the Gulf Coast, soil scientists and conservation leaders will share lessons learned during the International Annual Meetings of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Soc...

The conservation lens

The definition of conservation priorities for biodiversity often focuses only on the numbers of vertebrate animals and seed plants in the northern hemisphere or in the tropics. But what about the other organisms, and the more extreme regions of the world, where the species richness of flowering p...

Why conservation efforts often fail

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Modern conservation techniques have brought us the resurgence of American bald eagles, sustainable forest harvests and the rescue of prized lobster fisheries. So how can modern conservation strategies also have wrought such failures, from the catastrophic loss of Guatemalan fo...

Prairie dog research promotes caring, conservation

The Northern Arizona University biology professor states the case for protecting the species in Prairie Dogs: Communication and Community in an Animal Society , recently published by Harvard University Press. The book, featuring the research of Slobodchikoff and co-authors Bianca Perla, a Uni...

BBVA Foundation Awards for Biodiversity Conservation

Francisco Gonzlez, president of the BBVA Foundation: "One of the biggest challenges facing humanity is to halt the destruction of the environment and, especially, of biodiversity. This is a task that must be urgently addressed and in which we must all play our part. At BBVA, we believe it is our...

Scripps expedition provides new baseline for coral reef conservation

An ambitious expedition led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego to a chain of little-known islands in the central Pacific Ocean has yielded an unprecedented wealth of information about coral reefs and threats from human activities. The exploration of four atolls...

Dr. Andrew Constable awarded 2008 Pew Fellowship in marine conservation

NEW YORK CITY Dr. Andrew Constable of Australia, Leader of the Antarctic Marine Ecosystems program at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre in Tasmania, has been awarded the prestigious 2008 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation to help prevent unsustainable exploitatio...

Pew Institute for Ocean Science awards 5 fellowships in support of global marine conservation

NEW YORK CITY -- The Pew Institute for Ocean Science (www.pewoceanscience.org) today announced the 2008 recipients of the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation, the preeminent fellowship in support of ocean conservation. The five awardees will each receive $150,000 to conduct innovative three-yea...

Manomet Center awarded major NFWF grant to foster shorebird conservation

WASHINGTON, DECEMBER 19, 2007 - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) recently approved a $743,000 grant to the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences to sustain the development and implementation of conservation programs that address the decline of shorebird populations throughout th...

Springer will publish Journal of Coastal Conservation

Springer, one of the worlds leading STM publishers, will publish the Journal of Coastal Conservation (JCCO), the official publication of the EUCC the Coastal Union. Linking science and policy, JCCO is an ideal companion to Springers other journals in coastal science, the International Journal of...

Tropical insects 'go the distance' to inform rainforest conservation

EAST LANSING, Mich. The long-held belief that plant-eating insects in tropical forests are picky eaters that stay close to home dining only on locale-specific vegetation is being challenged by new research findings that suggest these insects feast on a broader menu of foliage and can be consis...

US conservation efforts bring more marine turtles to UK

US and Mexican conservation efforts may have boosted the number of marine turtles visiting UK waters, according to University of Exeter biologists. New research by the University of Exeter and Marine Environmental Monitoring, published this week in Marine Biology (3 May 2007), analyses 100 years...

Evolutionary conservation of a mechanism of longevity from worms to mammals

Though the study of aging in the nematode model organism C. elegans has provided much insight into this complex process, it is not yet clear whether genes involved in aging in the worm have a similar role in mammals. In a recent study, Dr. Hekimi and colleagues of McGill University (Canada) report...
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