Ecology

Word of Mouth
3:08 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Writers On A New England Stage: E.O. Wilson

Biologist and author Edward Osborne "E. O." Wilson
David J. Murray, ClearEyePhoto.com

NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with biologist, ecologist and two-time Pulitzer prize-winning author E.O. Wilson. Wilson has spent decades researching some of the biggest scientific riddles of our time - from the origins of human social behavior to saving disappearing species of plants and animals. He’s out with a bold new book that takes on nothing less than The Meaning Of Human Existence. He’ll discuss his ideas on where we came from, what we are and where we’re going.

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Word of Mouth
2:04 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

5.20.14: Rediscovering The Sea, Farming Better Fish, And A Visit To An Underwater Museum

An underwater sculpture called Inercia by Jason Decaires Taylor
Credit julierohloff via Flickr Creative Commons

With the weather warming up across New England, people are heading for the coast. Today Word of Mouth hits the high seas. First we'll ponder the unfathomable push and pull of the open ocean. Then, we’ll speak to an artist who created the world’s first submerged sculpture park, his underwater gallery not only attracts art-lovers, but serves as an artificial reef. Plus, farmed fish now exceeds beef production. Have fish farmers learned from the mistakes of the meat industry?

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Word of Mouth
10:30 am
Mon August 26, 2013

A Biologist's Plea To Hollywood: Make 'Real' Animals The Stars

The anatomy of a real snail, in cartoon form.
Credit via wikimedia commons

Turbo is a big budget, animated, kid’s comedy about a snail’s dream to win the Indy 500, though the movie didn’t do as well as studios had hoped, one ecologist thinks it failed on a different level – accuracy. Fictional talking snail aside, Marlene Zuk argues that Turbo was another example in a long line of movies that misrepresent the biology of the animal kingdom. Marlene Zuk is an evolutionary biologist and behavioral ecologist and currently teaches at the University of Minnesota. Her recent opinion piece in the L.A. Times: “Animals to Hollywood: Get it Right” discusses the egregious errors filmmakers make when it comes to animals.

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Word of Mouth
9:55 am
Mon August 26, 2013

When Giant Animals Die Off, Ecosystems Suffer

Illustrations of extinct megafauna.
Credit Travis S. via flickr Creative Commons

Fifteen-thousand years ago, nearly 100 species of large animals known as ‘megafauna’ roamed the amazon forest before going extinct. A team of researchers from oxford and Princeton University studying the ‘megafauna’s’ effects on the ecosystem discovered that they were crucial in maintaining soil fertility.  Chris Doughty is currently a lecturer in ecosystem ecology within the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford, and lead author of a recent study: “The Legacy of the Pleistocene Megafauna Extinctions on Nutrient Availability in Amazonia.”

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 16, 2013

The Colorado River: America's Most Endangered

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Why was the Colorado River named the most endangered river of 2013?

                                                                                                   -- Missy Perkins, Jenkintown, PA

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Progress On Bio-Fuels

Credit Texas A&M AgriLife

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: How far along are we at developing algae-based and other higher yield sources of biofuels?                                                                                             -- Jason McCabe, Tullahoma, TN

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Monarch Butterflies In Sharp Decline

A monarch caterpillar on milkweed buds.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: How are monarch butterflies doing today? They used to pass through my area in big numbers but in the last few years there seem to be many fewer.                  -- Bill Wright, Erie, PA

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 2, 2013

Why Are Wetlands So Important To Preserve?

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EarthTalk®

E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Why are wetlands so important to preserve?               -- Patricia Mancuso, Erie, PA

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Word of Mouth
9:12 am
Wed May 29, 2013

New Zealand Cat Wars

New Zealand cat owners are reacting with outrage against a plan to drastically reduce the number of free-roaming cats proposed by renowned environmental activist Gareth Morgan.

The movement is rooted in a long-standing national concern about the dwindling native bird populations, including the kiwi, that are struggling against New Zealand’s cat population, which is the largest per-capita in the world. Here to discuss Kiwi’s cat war is ecologist Dr. James Russell, a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun May 26, 2013

The Gulf Of Mexico Three Years After BP

Smoke billows over a controlled oil fire off the coast of Venice, Louisiana on May 5, 2010.
Credit Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin E. Stumberg, Department of Defense

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: The three-year anniversary of the 2010 BP oil spill just passed. What do green groups think of the progress since in restoring the region?           -- Mary Johannson, New York, NY

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Asian Carp Woes

A pair of silver carp in Shedd Aquarium's invasive species exhibit.
Credit Josh Mogerman, courtesy Flickr

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: What exactly are Asian carp and why are they such a big problem lately?

                                                                                                            -- Lori Roudebush, Portland, OR

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