Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Pinsky et al. in Science: Global Disappearance of Ocean Animals
Dr. Malin Pinsky and collaborators at the University of California Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz and Stanford published a paper in Science highlighting declining trends in ocean animals and commensurate conservation implications. Today’s oceans remain vastly more wild places than land. You can take a couple turns off of Hollywood Boulevard, don snorkel gear, and swim among three-hundred-pound giant sea bass and see families of grey whales – all of this within sight of the skyscrapers of Los Angeles. Yet, at the same time the majority of large tunas and sharks are gone, cod stocks have collapsed, and whales are just now climbing back from near extinction. This more recent onset of human disturbance presents conservation opportunities that differ from those on land. READ MORE (includes newscasts, video links)
Aronson's Urban Wildlife Profiled by National Wildlife Federation
Myla Aronson (GSNB Ď07 Ph.D.), research scientist in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, has conducted far-reaching research that shows cities are not concrete jungles but instead harbor a variety of native birds and plants. Her work supports the argument that planning greenspaces in cities with biodiversity in mind benefits both people and nature. Read more about Aronsonís groundbreaking study of biodiversity in cities across the globe in National Wildlife magazine.
Our interdisciplinary department specializes in ecology, evolution, and natural resource conservation. We study the evolutionary origins and maintenance of biodiversity, conserving and restoring native ecosystems, and issues of global change such as managing natural resources within urban ecosystems.